Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Need to check your bank account? There’s an “app” for that.
Want to peruse books to read? There’s an app for that.
Need parenting tips? Yep, there’s even an app for that.
Who needs good ol’ fashioned advice, encyclopedias or even Google anymore when we can access loads of information with a tap of our fingers?
I was hesitant initially, resisting the technology, but I finally gave in and frankly, I am intrigued (and having a whole lot of fun).
There are so many apps available and my kids (toddler included) have figured out how to use them - quickly; math games, reading games, lots of keep-quiet-in-the-waiting-room entertainment.
Parenting apps abound from a baby monitoring app, a nursing tracker app, even a scream-free parenting app.
My daughter is approaching potty-training age. I remember vividly the challenges - and messes - that came with training my sons, but now? There is an app for that, too!
Seriously, there is. In fact, there are several.
I stumbled upon “iDump” by mistake. I thought it was a software transfer app. Uhh, no. It’s a potty game complete with gassy kids and “practice your aim” skills.
Who thinks of this stuff?
So, iDump got me thinking about just how useful “real life” apps could be for parents. Imagine the possibilities: iLaundry, iHouseclean, iDiaper, iWipenosesandbutts
“How about a ‘teach your kid to drive without putting your life in danger’ app?” said Angie, mom of a teenage son. “Or, a ‘know when your teenager is not telling the whole truth’ app?”
My parents acquired that app naturally on my 13th birthday (i-gadget not required).
My brother and sister-in-law have a newborn son. His mommy would like to have an iWillfeedthebabyat3a.m. and an iSleep app.
Oh, the list could go on, but some parents aren’t so sure about these apps and such.
“I’m waiting for technology to catch up to my needs,” said Sam, father of three grown children. “I just want to make phone calls.”
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