Meet Nathalie, founder of Marypop, a babysitting service that aims to meet the needs of all those parents who wish to choose a bilingual babysitter for their children, whether they are on holiday, expatriates, mixed families or even families looking to initiate their children to a foreign language.
We met Nathalie in November 2019, she is one of the tribe leaders to join the Sojoourn adventure. Today she tells us about her unique service.
Nathalie, mother of 3 Franco-Dutch children and frequent traveler, had the idea of Marypop in 2006. Her idea started from a conviction that has become a way of life: traveling with her children, even small ones and especially abroad, is certainly the most enriching experience: opening up to the world, meeting new people, developing the habit of change, cultural contribution, building family history... the benefits are limitless.
During your holidays, as a parent, you may rightly want to use the services of a babysitter to enjoy leisure time with two or with friends, or simply to rest. So how can you find a trusted babysitter when you are far from home and those around you? How can you get recommendations from other parents about her/him? How can you find a babysitter abroad who speaks your childrens' language so that they can communicate easily with each other and feel completely confident?
The same questions arise during expatriation or in binational families: how to maintain, with my children, their language which is not "native" when their environment is mainly made up of "local" people. And this without too many organizational constraints or without adding new academic learning for my children?
Focused on trust, Nathalie decided to offer a unique service that is in line with the growing trend of parents to offer their children a multi-cultural and multi-lingual education in the most natural way possible.
A short summary of what you are currently working on and why?
I am the founder and CEO of MARYPOP, the first online platform dedicated to bilingual babysitting. We address expatriate parents or parents on holiday abroad who are looking for a trusted babysitter during their stay, as well as multilingual families or families who wish to introduce their children to a foreign language. Our service is currently available in major French and Spanish cities, and is expanding daily in new cities.
Is there anything exciting you are working on over the next 2-3 weeks?
Yes, absolutely! We are working on making our service more widely known, starting with Lyon and Barcelona. These two beautiful cities are home to many expatriates and tourists, and around 50 MARYPOP baby-sitters, carefully selected and recommended by other parents, are ready to welcome their children there.
Biggest tip for someone starting a business:
Go for it! The main key factor of the success of your business, you already have it: it's you! And take care of yourself!
What do you find beneficial when it comes to be part of Sojoourn?
The Sojoourn community is naturally diverse and open to the world. Exchanges are always rich and kind. Emmanuelle has managed to create a real family! In addition, the services offered by Sojoourn are both of high quality and 100% adapted to the expatriates who use them.
Tell us about YOU, what do you like doing in your dailylife?
I love discovering new cultures and stories, through new encounters, gastronomy, books and museums, where I find the calm and inspiration to move forward both personally and professionally. Lyon, both an international and a human-sized city, offers an exceptional quality of life.
And finally, an advice to people moving to Lyon?
Join a community! Whether it's the parents' association at your children's school, a French class or a coworking space, you will meet people with whom you can exchange and who will be ready to help you, in a totally informal way. Mutual help is really part of Lyon's culture, so do not hesitate to talk about your expectations around you.
Don’t wait for the perfect moment! Take the moment and make it perfect.
Find a trusted babysitter thanks to Marypop!