Being a parent is always a tough job and it requires you to be an expert or a specialist even on topics that you don’t know the first thing about. Also, the list of your responsibilities and duties stretches far and wide, which makes it an interesting but also a stressful job. In this high-tech-oriented world, these things are even harder to manage, nonetheless, the use of technology in parenting can have its positive sides, as well. With that in mind and without further ado, here are the top five apps that every parent should know about.
Monitoring their mobile use
The first thing you need to tend to, as a parent, is their mobile use. Now giving them a device at a certain time and taking it away for an hour or so later will put you in an awkward spot, where you appear meddling or controlling. However, if you were to take a softer approach and monitor their mobile use instead, you would get a better insight into whether there’s a problem, to begin with. You just can’t restrict your child from using technology altogether.
Restricting access to apps and sites
Maybe you’re concerned that an app or a website A) is using too much of their time or B) contains inappropriate content. In this scenario, what you need is a tool that will simply restrict their access to these platforms, without requiring your constant supervision. The best thing about this is the fact that these apps and platforms work quite seamlessly. With the help of an app blocker, you can also manage your kid’s screen time and even restrict them from texting (in some of the most extreme circumstances).
Scheduling and location tracking
Developing a great schedule for your child is one of the most important things out there. You see, there are a lot of parents who get a ton of bad credit because they’ve planned their child’s day too tight. All you have to do in order to avoid this is to give them some time to just be kids. Still, keeping a schedule will help you get through the day without much trouble. Also, a lot of scheduling and even app blocking tools also come with a location tracker. This means that you get notifications when your kid gets to school, leaves from school, etc.
In a world that’s predominantly digital, even when it comes to personal finances, why would you pay your child’s allowance in cash? Sure, cash management is incredibly important and, throughout their life, they’re bound to use cash on various occasions, nonetheless, our world is rapidly digitalizing and it’s quite reasonable to expect that this will become even more prominent by the time they reach adulthood. So, why not get ahead of the curve and start paying them their allowance via a pocket money app.
They all have smartphones to monitor their budget, so why not give them a card, as well. Moreover, the majority of video games or in-game purchases that they want require a card or a payment gateway. In other words, you’re just making this so much easier for them.
Chances are that the burden of parenting may fall heavily on you, which is why you may need to talk to someone. The problem, however, lies in the fact that every parent has their own view on parenting, while every non-parent probably doesn’t have the slightest idea what you’re talking about. This is why you need someone who is unbiased and professional. Tell them your fears, concerns and ideas and they might suggest you the best way to handle them properly. It really can be as easy as it sounds.
You, as a parent, have to keep in mind the fact that you don’t have to do it all on your own. As you can see, each of the above-listed tools is there to handle one particular problem of yours. It also means that you can get the assistance you need without having to beg anyone for help.