To state the obvious, being a parent is hard. It doesn’t matter how old or experienced you are, parenting presents challenges for everyone. The good news is that there are a number of apps and digital tech tools that moms and dads can use to be more engaged and organized parents. To that end, today we’re going to examine four different types of tech tools that parents will want to explore further ASAP. Trust us, you’ll want to keep this list handy:
Time Management Apps
Most parents have very busy schedules. Between work or school, parental responsibilities, and social obligations, it can be almost impossible to keep track of your daily –– let alone weekly –– itinerary. As such, investing in a quality time management or calendar app that will help you manage your day can be a great decision. “Remember the Milk” is a particularly useful task manager for new moms and dads.
Though some parents may decide to restrict how often their children can use smartphones or tablets, the reality is that these devices can be used to supplement childhood education. There are numerous programs, streaming services, and software that are designed to engage kids of all ages with important educational content. Just make sure that your kids are only using their tablets to access appropriate and positive articles and videos.
New Kitchen Appliances
Blenders, bread-makers, smart toasters, and even instant pots with WiFi capabilities can all make life so much easier for parents. In many ways, a happy and healthy family dynamic starts in the kitchen. So by purchasing new kitchen appliances that can cut down on cooking times –– while making cooking itself easier and more fun –– you can more effectively craft delicious and healthy meals for your whole family. This is one area where technology really is making a difference in childcare.
Parental Support Groups
Unless you have a network of friends and family members ready to help you deal with every problem associated with raising a child, new parents will probably benefit from looking into parental support groups for assistance from time to time. Certain apps like “Peanut” are specifically designed to connect moms and moms to be. Additionally, though, you can always check out social media for parental groups in your community. Thankfully, many parental groups can give you solid life advice, like whether or not laser bunion surgery is a viable option for foot discomfort (it isn’t) or if teething pains are normal for a six-month old (they probably are). When in doubt, it never hurts to reach out!