Friday, June 21, 2013

Top iPhone Apps for Parents


Being a parent is a full-time job – times 10. There are never enough hours in the day to do all that you need to do, both for your children and for yourself. You need all the tools at your disposal you can get to help you manage it all and to accomplish even a fraction of what you set out to do.

Your iPhone is a great tool, and you can use it to stay in touch, to keep organized, and to stay on top of your to-do list. With the right apps, you can do much, much more. Here are a few of the top iPhone apps for parents to help you manage it all a little easier:

1.) Baby Connect:

When you have a newborn baby, your days are a blur of feedings, diaper changes, rocking, and crying (often your own). This app can help you to keep track of it all when you can’t even keep track of your own thoughts. You can track feedings, diaper changes, sleeping schedules, medicines, and even the mood of your baby. It will help you to monitor your baby’s progress, to establish schedules, and to diagnose any illnesses that might arise. You can also use the app to share the information with other caregivers. $4.99.

2.) Potty Chart:

Potty training can be a trying time. With this app, you can manage it a little easier. Use it to create a reward system for your toddler to encourage potty usage. You set a number of stars to reach a reward, and then mark off a star each time they use the potty. The app also provides tips on how to manage potty training, gives you ideas for rewards, and offers troubleshooting solutions. $2.99.

3.) Chore Bank:

For older children, you might need a little more than a reward chart to get them motivated to do chores around the house. You can use this app to keep track of who has done what and how much they have earned in allowance as a result. It creates a kind of virtual bank account for your children, and it’s an easy way for you to track who is doing what. $1.99.

4.) Bank of Mom:

Your children are likely to get money from other avenues besides their allowance. For example, they may get money for their birthday or they may have a particularly good run with the Tooth Fairy one year. You can use this app to help them manage their money and to teach them about financial responsibility. You can track expenses, deposits and withdrawals, and even add interest. You can even e-mail them receipts. It’s a great way to start teaching them about how to manage their money wisely. $1.99.

5.) How to Cook Everything:

Even if you have a partner who loves to cook, let’s face it: As a parent, you’re going to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Instead of stocking your shelves with lots of bulky cookbooks, you can use this app to quickly look up how to cook just about anything. There are 2,000 recipes so you can be sure to find something that even your kids will love each night for dinner. $4.99.

What are some of your favorite apps as a parent? Share your picks in the comments!




Author Bio:
Bridget Sandorford is a freelance blog and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching on line cooking school. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.

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