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The 7 apps every parent needs to download today.

I remember watching the Jetsons as a child.

I figured, by the time I was all grown up with kids of my own, I’d have a robot maid, I’d have a conveyor belt that took me to breakfast and I’d have a flying car.

You can imagine how disappointed I am.

I have three beautiful and demanding children aged 10, 6 and 5. Every day is a constant hive of activity, cleaning, worry and rushing around doing stuff.

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Jo Abi and her son.

And while I don’t have a robot maid who cooks, cleans, AND makes lots of funny jokes, what I do have are some amazing parenting apps to help hold my hand while I raise my children.

Here are seven of my favourites:

1. HELP ME.

The HELP ME app was created by Bruce and Denise Morcombe as part of their work through the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. After their son Daniel was abducted and murdered, they decided to devote their lives to keeping the world’s children safe.

Related: Bruce Morcombe: 5 safety tips to teach your children.

This app can be used by anyone of any age but in particular, children. Parents can install it for just $0.99 on their children’s devices, which makes it much easier for kids to get help if they are in an uncomfortable or potentially dangerous situation.

With this app, kids can:

  • Speed dial four emergency contacts;
  • Be tracked by authorities via GPS:
  • Turn on a torch;
  • Enable a video camera;
  • Send an instant “I’m OK” message to parents;
  • Call emergency.

GET IT HERE

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Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by NSW Health. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.

2. Save The Date To Vaccinate.

Around 2 in 5 mums don’t realise the importance of on-time vaccinations. One of the main reasons some parents fail to vaccinate their kids on time is because it just slips off the ‘important to do this week’ list. And that makes sense. We’re all so incredibly busy.

Related: “I am the 70s child of a health nut. And I wasn’t vaccinated.”

NSW Health has decided to address this issue by creating the Save the Date to Vaccinate app, and it’s free. The app allows parents to enter their child’s name, date of birth and GP contact details and then the app does all the work. It calculates the immunisation schedule and sends parents a reminder when each child’s next vaccination is due.

GET IT HERE

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3. Chore Bank.

My son has been bugging me to set up a proper schedule of paid chores for weeks. A major bank went to his school and explained that earning money by doing chores is a great way to not only learn the value of money, but to start saving. I totally agree and from time to time I have set him up with regular chores, but then we get busy and forget all about it and I start handing over money for nothing.

Related: The genius new way to get your house clean and your kids disciplined.

The Chore Bank app helps parents organise themselves much better. Just enter the name of your children and the chores you want them to do, and add a money value to each chore. Put the app on your kid’s devices and each time they complete a task it adds up how much you owe them. It’s a great way to motivate your children to help out around the house more.

GET IT HERE

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Chore Bank.

4. Mealboard.

Who else finds it hard to think of a quick and healthy meal for their family every single night?

The Mealboard app helps parents organise meals, shop, save money and make healthy choices for their families. It covers everything food related and will save parents a lot of headaches and will help you avoid taking the easy way out by ordering takeaway.

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Just sit down once a week, plan your meals and the app generates a shopping list. It even keeps track of the groceries you already have as well as your favourite recipes.

GET IT HERE

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Mealboard.

5. Fun English.

It’s such a delight when kids learn how to read, but you don’t have to leave it only up to their school teachers. Give your kids a head start by downloading the Fun English app. It’s like playing a game except your children are learning to read, pronounce and spell the words.

The app covers kids from ages 3-10 and you can even use it to help your children learn different languages.

It keeps track of your child’s progress and keeps them a step ahead of other kids their age or can help them to catch up if they are falling behind.

GET IT HERE

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6. Canvsly.

Children are like mad artists. They produce endless amounts of artwork that parents have to display and keep track of. We all start out the same – saving every single painting and drawing our little ones create but this soon becomes too hard as their rate of production steps up, particularly if you have more than one child.

The Canvsly app allows you to store all your children’s work digitally. That way if some of their early work becomes affected by age, you have a perfect record of their artistic progress to share online with family members online or have printed up into a booklet at your local Officeworks.

It allows you to keep each child’s artwork organised forever.

GET IT HERE

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Canvsly.

7. Taptodo.

This app is like the best version of a diary you will ever use and for busy mums, it is exactly what we need.

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The Taptodo app allows you to:

  • Create To Do lists;
  • Include Facebook birthdays and events;
  • Weather maps for your area;
  • Set reminders for everything that is coming up so you don’t miss out on anything.

You will become the most organised person in your mummy circle thanks to this app.

GET IT HERE

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Taptodo.

What apps do you have on your phone that you can’t live without?

Save the date to vaccinate LogoSave the Date to Vaccinate is an initiative from NSW Health to remind parents of the importance of on-time vaccinations for children from birth to 4 years of age.

On-time vaccinations help protect children from serious diseases at the most vulnerable time of life.

You can download the free ‘Save the Date’ phone app for personalised schedules, and handy reminders. Visit www.immunisation.health.nsw.gov.au

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