The technology of the 21st century is revolutionizing the way we do everything—and it all changes so fast. For moms who want to understand what their kids are talking about and doing, it seems like a full-time degree level course with graduation getting further away every day. At the same time, all the low-tech jobs of being a mom are still there, screaming for your attention. What are the developments of the moment that really justify your time?
Every Day Apps
There are so many apps available for your tablet and smartphone that you could spend all your time exploring them. Be selective and only install apps that are really going to improve your life.
Cooking is a constant challenge for a mom. Get an app that will put you in control of recipes, menus, and shopping.
Outdoor exercise is vital for you and your family, so any app that encourages and challenges you, like a simple pedometer, will be handy. Don’t forget a detailed weather app to plan your walks and jogs.
Everybody needs relaxation, so don’t be ashamed to download apps to keep you entertained, make you laugh, or just help you switch off.
Internet of Things
We hear a lot about it, and we are going to hear more. The IoT is transforming the way ordinary household devices work. Virtually every electrical device that you own will in time become smart as it is connected to the internet.
Things that now require you to press a switch will be turned on remotely from wherever you happen to be. Or they will turn themselves on when certain conditions are detected, and talk to each other about how they can best help you.
There are justifiable concerns about hackers getting access to your network through the devices, but the devices are coming so you will need to keep up with developments.
Health and Safety
As a mom, one of your biggest concerns is the health and safety of your family. Handy apps are available to help you check symptoms before you call the medics – though these shouldn’t be taken as medical advice, normally. There is no shortage of apps for monitoring exercise and calories.
A matter which concerns all parents is how to keep children safe—both away from home and online. It’s a difficult call because the technology now allows a high level of surveillance which you may be uncomfortable with. You can track your children’s movements out and about, and also their activities online. If you choose to go down this route, remember that they will be smarter about the technology than you are, and you will need to keep up!
The Same but Different
Today’s technology has provided some innovations which can make parenting easier, but also plenty of challenges that can make it even more stressful. Pick and choose carefully, but don’t despair if you can’t keep up—the traditional skills of parenthood are still the ones that matter.
Emily Rickard leads a frantic (read active!) life juggling the kid’s schedules with her own business. She uses tech to keep on top of everything, read how she does it in her articles.