Parenting is a hard job. Single-parenting parenting is doubly hard, perhaps more than double. From getting kids up and going to working out the timing to get everyone where they need to be when they need to be there to planning meals around all that stuff, on some days, it seems downright impossible. As a single dad, I’m always on the lookout for things that make everything a bit easier. Whether it’s something that makes planning easier or just to give me ideas, any chance that something is made easier, I’ll give it a look.
Being a tech centered dad, I do rely heavily on my smart phone, an iPhone specifically. I also look at programs, apps, and websites on the PC. In doing so, I almost always have something on hand to help with whatever I may need assistance with. The five apps below are ones that I use frequently enough and are very helpful when I need information or ideas to help with whatever parenting task I’m looking for. They are all available on the iTunes app store and all but Clear are free. You can’t beat that.
I have spoken about Pinterest before (Pinterest: Not Just for Women). I use it frequently. It is a very good place to find whatever you may need. Like all web searches, there is a lot of junk. Pinterest does make it easy to wade through the junk. I recently posted on Facebook about wanting ideas for an upcoming kids party. Several responses came back suggesting I look on Pinterest. Pinterest does change the app occasionally, and like other apps, sometimes the changes aren’t good ones. I’ve stuck with it and use the app a lot.
Medical symptom apps like WebMD can get the hypochondriacs in trouble. Searching for symptoms and reading information on illnesses can make us all think we, or our kids, have the next major disease. Taken simply as a way to identify whether a call to the doctor’s office is necessary or not, I peruse WebMD to make that decision and also to see if there are any home remedies I should try first. Of course, consulting with a physician or doctor’s office is a very good idea if you’re unsure.
I don’t know about you, but I like to branch out with food and meals. While the staples: mac and cheese, grilled chicken or pork, and spaghetti make appearances on our dinner table, making unique dishes helps the kids try new things and also see that cooking can be fun. It is fun. I enjoy it immensely; about as much as I enjoy eating. Without Allrecipes, I’m not sure I would have found the BBQ Pickled Pork Chops recipe. It was very good. The Allrecipes app allows you to spin for a dish under a variety of categories, ingredients, and cooking time. Coupled with the Allrecipes.com website, the app really does help in figuring out what’s for dinner, or any other meal you may need help planning.
Clear is an app that I picked up from a free offer. It is typically $1.99. Clear is essentially a list app that helps create and organize lists. With so many things to remember, if I don’t write it down, a lot of times I’ll forget and I just hate leaving the grocery store and forgetting that key item I needed for whatever I needed it for. Creating a grocery list is key. Clear allows for the creation of basic list groups and then adding items to that list. You cross off the item, but it doesn’t disappear from the list. The item stays allowing you to see what you’ve purchased when you view the list again and uncrossing it off if you want it again. I have a main grocery list, a home needs/hardware list, and a miscellaneous list, currently filled with upcoming party needs. I could see individual store lists and other personal lists too.
Houzz is to home decorating ideas and projects that Allrecipes is to food and meals. There are tons of decorating ideas and information through photos for nearly everything you’d ever want to see. It is amazing to see photos of some backyard remodel and thinking the idea,or some derivative, would be perfect for your place. Like Pinterest, Houzz is an app I use if I’m looking for decorating ideas for the house. I recently found, for example, a wall hanging mail center that would be perfect for my place. By clicking on a photo, you can see information regarding the project or idea as well as questions for others to help complete it yourself. Honestly, if I’m looking for home-type projects, I look here first.
As I mentioned above, these apps are all available on the iTunes app store. I’d imagine some, if not all are available on other smart phone stores too. I just love my iPhone and will probably never go with anything else. But that’s an article for another day.