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Best apps for parents

If you’re a busy single parent afraid of technology, it’s time to face your fear, because technology is here to help. Put your smart phone to good use, and make your life a little easier with these Apps designed for stress-free parenting.

Apple started something of a revolution when they launched the App Store in July 2008. Since then, well over 700,000 apps have been compiled by clever developers and programmers which, between them, have clocked up nearly 25 billion downloads.

But with such a vast wealth of apps available, some gems can get lost. To help you out, and keep you keep on top of your tribe we’ve compiled the best apps for busy single parents.

Vodafone Guardian

No parent needs a tired teen on their hands, but for safety and communication reasons it’s sensible to allow your child a mobile phone.

It’s been estimated that teens need between nine and 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep to perform well at school and gadgets – such as smart phones – have been blamed for a creating a generation of young insomniacs who respond to Facebook updates and text messages during the night. Vodafone Guardian lets you block access to the web during school hours, bar texting after bedtime and turn off unwanted applications including Facebook and YouTube.

The free tool, which is designed for use on Android mobiles, can also enable parents to help their children if they are being bullied, preventing them from receiving unwanted calls and messages.

Cost: Free

Availability: Android

Chore Pad

If your kids are a little tardy when it comes to offering their Mum a helping hand, then this App could give them the incentive they need. With the ability to synchronise with all members of your family, your kids can compete for stars by completing chores around the house. It’s the perfect tool to help you organise your household.

Cost: Free

Availability: iPhone, iPad


A social network just for parents, Kidfolio lets you tap in to the wealth of recommendations, advice and support from people just like you. Safely share your child’s milestones with your family around the worlds, and learn about your child’s development with parenting information.

Cost: Free

Availability: iPhone


Your one stop shop for parenting, the Kidspot app ensures you’ll never be without a family-friendly recipe or an idea for a kid-friendly activity. Bringing the popular website to your mobile, the app includes an award-winning directory, as well as advice and information on every aspect of parenting.

Cost: Free

Availability: iPhone

What about you? Which Apps help you through the busy times? Did we miss any of your favourites? Share your must-have apps using the comments box below.

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One Response to Best apps for parents

  1. Joan says:

    I would certainly get this type of app for my kids. I’m not always around to check what they do or sites they visit over the internet using their smartphones, when i install app it would somehow lessen my worries.

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