The 5 Smart Apps for Parents with Young Children You Need to Download Now

Smart Apps for Parents with Young Children
Makeba Giles

Makeba Giles

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Being a mom of four children, I can tell you that when your kids are in elementary and middle school, technology can provide you with lots of parenting advantages. Sometimes the simplest apps give you the tools to smoothly introduce chores, money management, and screen time limits into your children’s lives.

The 5 Smart Apps for Parents with Young Children You Need to Download Now

You want to start teaching them responsibility in ways they’ll respond to, and apps are often the way to find useful common ground between responsibility and fun. Plus, some of these apps make your life easier when you’ve already had a hard day.

Smart Apps for Parents with Young Children

Chore Monster

Smart Apps for Parents with Young Children
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Getting kids to do their chores is, well, a chore. That’s why the ChoreMonster app is so ingenious. Parents create lists of chores with point values for their children. Then the children log into the kid version of the ChoreMonster app to see what chores they need to do that day. Parents approve the chores and the kids rack up points which they can use toward special rewards that parents set. Fun graphics and bright colors make this app especially fun to use on tablets and smartphones with large screens, like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. The app is perfect for kids ages four to 12 and is free to download on iOS and Android.

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Screen Time Parental Control

Smart Apps for Parents with Young Children
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This free Android app helps parents do one of the most difficult things: limit their children’s screen time on smartphones and tablets. Screen Time Parental Control gives you lots of choices: you can block certain apps at certain times of the day, limit overall screen time, check on the apps they’re using, or black out device usage at bed time. Plus, you can push a button on your phone and give them a time out, which is especially handy at dinner time. When the kids want to earn extra screen time, you can reward them for doing their chores or getting good grades.

Smart Apps for Parents with Young Children

HealthyOut

Smart Apps for Parents with Young Children
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When you’re on the opposite side of town from home or on a road trip with the kids and everyone decides they’re hungry NOW, you’re in a bit of a pickle. With the HealthyOut app, available for free on iOS and Android, you can search for healthy meals available at restaurants near you. You can put in dietary restrictions, which is perfect when you’ve got kids with allergies, and even filter by food type (in case you’ve got any picky eaters on your hands!). If you happen to be following a specific diet, like Paleo or Atkins, you can use that as a search criterion, too.

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First Aid by American Red Cross

Smart Apps for Parents with Young Children
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Every parent worries that a health disaster will happen while the family is miles away from healthcare. The First Aid app offers parents intuitive guides that help with all kinds of disaster scenarios, from health problems to hurricanes. You get step-by-step instructions that are saved to your phone, so you can access information about CPR or the Heimlich Maneuver even if you’re in a no-service zone. The app also works in Spanish, and gives you easy access to 911. Download it for free on iOS and Android.

Smart Apps for Parents with Young Children

Nickel

Smart Apps for Parents with Young Children
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Teaching kids financial responsibility in an age of credit cards and online purchasing is difficult. The Nickel app is an allowance manager formatted like a debit card. Parents can deposit a regular allowance, add extra cash for completing chores or getting good grades, and see how kids are spending the money. The app is an effective way to teach kids about the consequences of saving and spending. In case of emergency, parents can deposit extra money into the Nickel app so kids aren’t left stranded on a school trip or during an away sports game. Parents can also disable the app remotely in case the kid’s device is stolen.

Smart Apps for Parents with Young Children

Try out these apps to see which ones your kids respond to. Maybe they’ll become wizards at managing their allowance, or will see the rewards they can earn when they put in hard work around the house. Spend less time arguing about chores, food, and screen usage, and more time together enjoying life as a family!

Smart Apps for Parents with Young Children

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