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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.