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Awesome iPhone Apps for Parents

Have you swapped your old mobile for an iPhone? Here are 5 cool little programs that can make parenting a bit easier

Apple has been bent on making life more convenient for everyone since launching the iPhone in '07 – and parents are no exception. There are oodles of things you can do with the phone to make life a tad simpler, from checkomg your email anytime and anywhere to finding movie times without typing in a thing. Impressed yet? That's barely scratching the surface of what "apps" – the popular nickname for "application" programs – can do.

If you've traded in your old phone for the iPhone, check out these great apps guaranteed to make any parent (and family's) day a little easier.

1. Google. The mother of all search engines makes things simple to find with the touch of the screen or the sound of your voice. Speak your query (available in everything from English to Mandarin and Japanese) and it'll automatically pop up in the search bar. Kids want something different to eat tonight? Type in your location and find new food spots fast. You can even download menus.

2. YouTube. Uploading your family's funny or precious footage with the incredibly popular video-sharing site just got easier. With a few clicks, it'll appear on the site in moments – via your iPhone. Browse millions of videos – whether it's for homework or fun – and watch them in the highest quality. This app even brings up related videos for each video you have already searched, so you might see something else you like.

3. Facebook. Facebook is a great network to keep in touch with old friends, new friends or to see what your favorite celebrities are up to (like Metro Parent magazine!). You can get messages and wall posts sent straight to your phone and without ever accessing the web. With this app, you can also the chat feature that you'd usually need a computer to use.

4. Weather Channel. Running late and not sure whether to put the kids in jackets or coats? Instantly get the weather locally and globally with this handy app. You can see different videos from meteorologists – and get severe weather alerts for your neighborhood.

5. Coupon Sherpa. Thinking of going greener? This is the perfect app to reduce waste – and save some green, too! Coupon Sherpa allows you to access in-store coupons to over 100 merchants. Each comes with a cashier code or barcode for the cashier to scan or type in. Discounts just got more eco-friendly.

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Apr 20, 2010 09:43 am
 Posted by  Humble Daisy

Parents might also want to check out SonicPics (www.sonicpics.com).

SonicPics is an easy to use tool for turning your images into custom slideshow movies that you can share with your friends and family online! SonicPics lets you add images from your iPhone's photo library or camera, arrange your photos, and then narrate the project to create an enhanced m4v video (complete with chapters).

Take photos of your kids, special events, weddings, vacations, the new pet, or first day at camp and narrate them with SonicPics!

It's a great tool for sharing your family life!

Oh, and it's made here in Michigan by our company (Humble Daisy, Inc)!

Aug 12, 2010 10:47 am
 Posted by  bbvTrista

If you are a parent potty training your kid, you may want to check out Joy Berry's I Love Potty Training app. This is the best potty training app out there; it includes everything you need, including games, e-book, tracking chart, and diploma. My favorite aspect is the potty drop game! What a fun and easy way to help your child understand what goes in the potty and what does not. No more overflowing toilets in my house, yay. More info on the app can be found here: http://joyberrybooks.com/pottyapp/index.html

Sep 24, 2010 11:36 am
 Posted by  PapaSmurph

Definitely check out "Am I Done?" It's this funny. but totally convincing mock detector - so you can scan your kids and tell them if they are done. (Works for brushing teeth, cleaning up, bathing, whatever.) It plays noises and rewards them with funny cartoon characters. Really cool and saves me at leatsd one meltdown per week.

Dec 7, 2010 11:28 am
 Posted by  GabriellaGaby

Talking about the best iPhone apps for kids I would like to mention about Kinder Hangman - http://sharkfuel.com/kinderhangman.html that is specially designed to improve vocabulary of kids and help them remember new words. iTune link is http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kinder-hangman/id375734517?mt=8 This iPhone app works to improve child's development and can be used to prepare kids for school. It is intended for kids of 4-6 years.

Jan 20, 2011 02:52 pm
 Posted by  jam550

Check out this iPhone / iPad app if you are a parent that brings your kids out to eat with other families. It's called Family Quick Sit and it eliminates the chaos at the table as everyone decides who is going to sit where.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/family-quick-sit/id414470769?mt=8&ls=1

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