Family life often gets busy and complicated! Technology can help you manage it more smoothly. Here are some handy apps that can make a busy parent’s life simpler and smoother. All apps featured here are free, although some have premium versions that you pay for.
Family and homeThe Cozi Calendar & Organiser: A shared family calendar app and organiser that keeps the whole family’s schedules in one place. Features include a colour-coded calendar, to do lists, reminders, recipe idea box and family journal.
Google Calendar: A very popular calendar app that automatically syncs events from Gmail (e.g. school play, flights, restaurant bookings). It also syncs with calendars on your phone. And you can create and view to-do lists.
Money, chores and rewardsGimi: A pocket money app and chores manager. Parents can set a recurring allowance along with chores for the kids and keep track of how they are doing. Kids can suggest tasks to top-up their allowance and send pictures as proof of tasks completed.
Kin: An app to keep track of your joint spending. Perfect for parents who share expenses but don’t share bank accounts. You can see who is spending on what and whose turn it is to pay for something.
FoodAllrecipes Dinner Spinner: A recipe app with over 50 000 recipes. You can sift for ideas by ingredient or dish type. Recipes include photos, nutritional information or step-by-step video instructions. Perfect for busy parents looking for inspiration.
Yummly: For parents who need a helping hand in the kitchen. This app gives you a step-by-step video guide to meal making and offers you personalised recipe recommendations.
SecurityNamola: This app can request emergency assistance using your phone’s GPS location. If you ask for help, the operators call you back to confirm the details and dispatch aid from nearby police stations, security services or other emergency officials.
Life360: A real-time location-sharing app that allows you to see where friends and family members are.
Outro: You don’t need a diary or fridge planner to run your home and organise your children’s schedules. It can all be done on your phone, thanks to apps that have you covered.