Parenting in the digital age is pretty different than the unplugged days of yore in which I was raised. In some ways, it can be harder. As a child, my biggest worry was strangers inviting me to get into their cars…and of course, I’d been heavily instructed to run away and get help if that happened. Today, Internet access means I have to constantly be monitoring what websites my children visit, what shows they find on YouTube and (eventually) who they communicate with online.
But digital parenting has some great advantages too! Staying connected to my kids is easier. Sharing special moments or getting advice from friends and family can be done in seconds on my smartphone. And family-friendly apps can help make parenting simpler and more affordable than ever before. Looking for apps to streamline your household? These three free apps are a must for busy families!
Out of Milk
Every parent has been there…you hop out of bed, rush downstairs to pack lunches or pour cereal into bowls…and you realize that you forgot to pick up more milk/bread/sandwich meat after you ran out yesterday. With Out of Milk, a free app available on both Android and iOS devices, you’ll never be in that situation again. The app lets users create shareable grocery lists simply by typing, scanning or speaking. By sharing your list with your significant other so you can both update it instantly, both of you will know what groceries you need for the house. And the app even manages the pantry by keeping track of the quantities of your items! Best of all, Out of Milk can also be used to manage and organizes errands and appointments. With this app, you’ll never miss that doctor’s appointment again! [Read more…]