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Parenting in 21st Century: 6 Apps That Make Our Life Easier

Parenting in 21st Century: 6 Apps That Make Our Life Easier
By Tanni Haas

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding but also demanding experiences you can have. Thankfully, there are many apps out there that can make your life a little bit easier, whether you’re on vacation with toddlers, desperately looking for a clean public restroom, or searching for scholarship opportunities for your college student. Here is a list of 6 helpful parenting apps. They are all free, so download an app – or three!

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner

Available at: Amazon Apps, Apple Appstore, Google Play

We’ve all been there. It’s dinner time, you’ve got to make a meal for the family, but all that comes to mind is the same thing you always make. Check out Allrecipes Dinner Spinner – the world’s largest and most popular social app for food. You can find user-generated and reviewed recipes from 30 million other home cooks like yourself. You can search by keyword, ingredients, special dietary needs, and cooking time. You can also see which ingredients are on sale in local stores, and watch more than 1000 step-by-step cooking videos with easy-to-follow instructions.

Best of Parenting

Available at: Apple Appstore, Google Play

Even the most experienced parents find themselves in situations where they can’t decide on the best course of action. When that happens, give Best of Parenting a chance. Created by Carole and Nadim Saad, well-known parenting coaches with three kids, this app offers straightforward, step-by-step advice on how to address common parenting challenges. Their advice is based on the latest scientific research on the most effective parenting methods worldwide. You can also access how-to guides to develop your strengths as a parent, and read about how to raise happy and confident kids.

ChoreMonster

Available at: Amazon Appstore, Apple Appstore, Google Play

Most parents want their kids to do household chores. And rightly so. Research shows that doing chores enhances kids’ self-esteem and sense of responsibility and strengthens family bonds. How do you encourage youngsters to do it? Try ChoreMonster. Using this app, you can give your kids daily tasks, approve chores when they are done, and offer rewards for a job well done. You can set up separate accounts with different chores for each kid and add customized photos of tasks, like how to put toys away. This is especially useful for young kids who haven’t learned to read yet.

Cozi Family Organizer

Available at: Amazon Appstore, Apple Appstore, Google Play

What ChoreMonster is to household chores, Cozi Family Organizer is to everything else. As the name implies, this app is as whole family organizer. It has a shared calendar where you can track

everyone’s schedules both individually and as a group, and a shared shopping list where you can see when items are added to the list or purchased by other family members in real-time. You can also use the app to send automated daily or weekly agenda emails to other family members, create specialized to-do lists, such as emergency supplies or vacation packaging, and organize receipts in one place that’s accessible to everybody.

Scholly

Available at: Amazon App, Apple Appstore, Google Play

The time may be around the corner or far off into the future but when it does arrive we’re all going to need it: money for college. Wouldn’t it be nice if at least some of that money is scholarships that you won’t have to pay back? Developed by a former Drexel University student by the name of Christopher Gray who amassed $1.3 million in scholarship funds, Scholly is a database with more than 20,000 scholarship opportunities across the U.S that is continuously expanded and updated. You can look at each scholarship to learn more about eligibility requirements, the application process, important deadlines, and the amount of money offered.

SitOrSquat

Available at: Apple Appstore, Google Play

When travelling with kids, especially toddlers, there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find a public restroom when you really need one. SitOrSquat is a location-based app that lets you to find bathrooms wherever you are. The app contains a user-generated list of more than 100,000 public restrooms throughout the U.S. You can get the travel time to the nearest bathroom and search by specific features, like changing tables or handicap accessible, and you are encouraged to post pictures and rate the restrooms as either “Sit” (good) or “Squat” (not good) to help other app users.

 

Tanni Haas, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Communication Arts, Sciences and Disorders at the City University of New York – Brooklyn College.

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