Working parents have a lot on their plate and a new generation of technology is making it easier to balance everything. According to the Department of Labor, 70 % of women with children under the age of 18 are employed full-time. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in two-parent households, 61.9% had two parents working.
Raising kids is a lot of work, especially when you add having to head to the office, deal with commutes, and keep up with household responsibilities. No matter what age your children or how busy your job, here’s a look at how apps and other technologies are making it easier to thrive as a working parent.
New tools make breastfeeding easier
Breastfeeding moms face a range of challenges, including carrying breast pumps to work and finding clean, comfortable places to pump. A host of new technologies and apps are making it a little easier. Women on the go can use services such as Moms Pump Here to locate nearby locations based on addresses or zip codes.
Moms who are traveling on business can use services like MilkStork to ship home milk they pump while they’re on domestic or international trips, avoiding awkward carry-ons or milk that goes to waste. And technology is making it easier to get the most out of every feeding with tools like BlueSmartMia, which notifies stressed parents when it’s time to feed, uses sensors to optimize bottle placement, and even measures for ideal temperatures.
Baby monitors join the smart home tech suite
Smart home technology is changing the way busy parents manage chores on the home front, from ensuring strong security to automating thermostat adjustments. A new generation of baby monitors plugs into smart home technologies or works with tools like Amazon’s Alexa for extended parenting capabilities.
ProjectNursery is a baby monitor with the standard features, such as night monitoring and two-way audio. It connects to Alexa and offers 70 baby-friendly skills. Tired parents can ask Alexa to sing a lullaby or play white noise to help an overtired baby get some rest.
Smart tech isn’t just for the home, however. A range of wearable devices are helping keep track of kids when they’re outside the house, and many of them feature GPS or cellular connectivity so kids can make an emergency call if the need arises. Solutions like Tyler Drive are integrating with school bus ridership programs, to track where kids are en route and verify riders get safely to their destinations.
Technologies make it easier to teach kids good habits
As kids get older, much of parenting involves hands-on teaching, from potty training to getting kids to brush their teeth. New technologies are helping parents stay on top of these areas, even when their work schedules get very busy.
Kolibree offers a smart toothbrush that integrates AI and gamification to encourage kids to brush their teeth — and parents can access the data to make sure kids are keeping up with the task. Apps such as HappyKidsTimer make it easier to get kids out the door for school — and you out the door for work — or to bed on time. The app features common tasks such as getting dressed, and then helps keep kids focused on the task at hand.
Working parents are busy, and technology can help keep you connected to your parenting responsibilities even when you’re at the office or trying to get work done. Services, apps, and technologies are hitting the market every day to address some of the most common challenges today’s parents face.