Being a single parent can be the biggest challenge you’ve ever had to face. Parenting children of any age can be exhausting when you are trying to do it in addition to balancing your work and other obligations. Certain technological tools can help to lighten your load and make raising your children easier.
Parent support group apps
If you are a single parent, apps such as Peanut can be a lifesaver – especially if you live far from your family and need local support.
This type of app allows you to connect with parents in similar circumstances to meet up and let your children play. You can also take turns babysitting each other’s children, in order to find some much-needed rest.
Even if you’re not interested in meeting other parents in person, having a parent support group can be beneficial for information sharing. When you have an urgent question about how to deal with a certain situation in your child’s life, you can receive suggestions from hundreds of parents who have gone through it before you.
Technology limitation apps
If you work full-time, you may not be able to keep track of what your child is doing at every minute of the day. This can be dangerous if they have access to the internet, where harmful sites are a click away. Even if your child doesn’t access anything harmful, spending too much time in front of a screen can be damaging as well.
Parental control apps such as Qustodio can solve both problems at once. Not only can you control exactly what types of sites your child can access and monitor their web activity, but you can also set time limits on their screen time and cut off their access after certain times of day. These apps can help you to stay in control of your child’s devices even when they aren’t in the same room as you.
Family activity sites
When your quality time together is already limited, you want to make the most of every minute together. There are countless websites and blogs on the internet that can provide you with limitless activity ideas.
The advantage of keeping a list of ideas ready to go is that, when you have a free evening with your children, you can pick something off the list and get started immediately instead of wasting time trying to think something up on the fly. Your pre-planned activities can range from complex and educational to simple and fun.
Being a single parent can be a monumental challenge. With the help of technology, it can become simpler, and even more enjoyable.