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Great apps and websites for busy parents

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One word holds the key to making your life easier as a parent—simplify. Whether you’re a single parent, working outside the home, or a stay-at-home parent, the way to stay sane is to streamline your family responsibilities so you can do more with less—maybe you’ll finally find a moment or two to finish that cup of tea while it’s still hot! Here’s an A-to-Z guide to apps and websites you can trust to lighten the load.

CommonSenseMedia
Common Sense Media can bail you out if you don’t have the time after a long workday to work out which TV programmes, films, books, or video games are OK for kids. This nonprofit website has thousands of reviews of apps, shows, music, and video games, written by educators or other experts who note whether they contain sex, violence, profane language, or other content that you may find inappropriate for your child.

Cozi Family Organizer
Cozi.com and its Family Organizer app allow you to sync everything from playdates to business meetings via a helpful tool: a calendar that lets you assign a colour to each family member so you can see at a glance who needs to be where when.

Doodle
Plan playdates, birthday parties, family gatherings, or a night out with friends. Doodle allows you to collaborate schedules with multiple people to see what days and times work best for all invited and saves you the stress that multiple text messages and phone calls bring.

FollowMe
A simple GPS tracker that clearly marks the whereabouts and movements of the subject on a map. If your child isn’t answering their phone this will go a long way to alleviate your worry.

HappyKidsTimer
This app for children ages 4 and up uses friendly animated figures to help kids simplify their morning routines and get out of the house on time. It lets them check off tasks like brushing their teeth and getting dressed and, if you’d like to reward them for it, allows you to print out a certificate of achievement.

HealthyChildren.org
HealthyChildren.org is backed by 66,000 paediatricians, and is often quoted by UK parents on Mumsnet. You’ll find general information written by leading child health experts on parenting, child health, safety and prevention, how to provide speedy symptom relief for minor illnesses or injuries, and more.

OurPact
This app allows parents to schedule and limit screen time to fit around the family’s schedule, and for set times like school and bedtime.

Quick Tips For New Dads
Practical advice to help fathers fulfil their parenting potential. Essential tips explained as briefly as possible to help dads take the new experience of fatherhood in their stride and earn some appreciation from their co-parent for their efforts.

Stepfamilies | Relate
This site offers resources to help parents and children thrive in stepfamilies, whether created by a marriage or another type of partnership. You’ll find helpful examples of the various challenges faced by step parents as well as access to counselling and free Live Chat sessions.​

childcare.co.uk
This is a website that helps you find recommended babysitters, whether you need long-term care or just one night because your usual sitter had appendicitis. You can search though profiles of local providers and read reviews. All childminders here should be registered with Ofsted in England, Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW), or The Care Inspectorate in Scotland. You can find advice, information and tools to help you undertake the right checks if you have found a childcare provider you are interested in using from this resource.

Many parents also recommend using the same apps that are popular with their children – if you are on Snapchat and Instagram then you can keep tabs on what your children are posting.  An App to recommend to your under 13’s is CBBC Buzz which offers hours of safe and creative entertainment.

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