5 Gadgets That Work for Working MomsSunday, August 28, 2016
Working moms are today's norm in the United States, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting in 2016, out of married couples with children, both parents work in nearly 61 percent of them. Among other marital-status families with children, 71 percent of mothers who maintain households with children work.
The second shift of taking care of children after working for an employee makes life difficult to balance sometimes, but technology comes to the rescue to make getting organized — and getting more time to spend with your family doing activities you enjoy — much easier. Here are five gadgets that help alleviate a working mother's stress.
Apple iPhone 6
The latest version of the ridiculously easy-to- use Apple iPhone comes with a bigger screen, clearer picture-taking capabilities, crisper video recording and better battery life than ever before. No matter how tech-savvy you are, Apple's design trademark is simplicity. Learning the ins and outs of the device is quick and hassle-free, so you can download apps that help working moms like you take more control of day-to- day routines.
Some apps to consider are ContinuousCare, which stores scheduled appointments and medical records for your kids; Playground Buddy, which helps you find a playground for your kids no matter where you are; and Happy Kids Timer, an app that supports young ones in establishing morning routines so everyone gets out the door on time. Search the App Store for more helpful "working mom" apps.
Itzbeen Pocket Nanny
Since your to-do list is likely through the roof, remembering all the tasks you have to complete while you have a newborn may seem impossible. The Itzbeen Pocket Nanny is a dream for working moms with infants, since it helps even the most sleep-deprived mom track naps, diaper changes and feedings.
Similar to getting some help in keeping track of time, the TrackRStickR helps you keep track of items such as keys, credit cards, devices and more. Simply affix the quarter-size device to anything you want to make sure you never lose, and if you've misplaced it — or your child has hidden it somewhere — you can use your smartphone to alert you to its location.
GB Pockit Stroller
Need to transport your kid to daycare as you're heading to a business lunch? Going on a work trip but want to squeeze in some family time during off-hours? The GB Pockit Stroller holds a world record for most compact stroller and can be easily folded when not in use. It's a breeze to store in overhead compartments on planes or trains, or in the trunk of a cab or town car.
Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet
Since your kids are probably already using technology at school in some capacity, a device such as the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet allows them to stay occupied at home or on a business trip without you having to worry about any damage they may cause to the device. Amazon offers the Fire Kids Edition with a two-year "worry-free guarantee," meaning if the device is broken, the company will replace it with no cost to you.
The device has a "kid-proof" case that protects it from on-the- floor crashes, and it features book, video and app capability. It comes with built-in parental controls so you can determine the exact amount of time your children use the device and the type of content they can access.
For working moms, tech gadgets like these can be your best friend in making sure you balance both sides of your life successfully.