Apps for Busy Families: iGotThis and Cozi
As parents, we complain that our kids are tech-obsessed and rely too much on their devices, yet we are very much the same. They spend an excessive amount of time on screens, tablets, connected to wi-fi….but we’re no different. We are always looking for ways to simplify our lives (and theirs) and to the rescue comes an app to help us. Ironic isn’t it? We schedule our hair appointments online, our grocery deliveries, buy movie tickets and more. Way more than a telephone, our smartphones are our calculators, cameras, web browsers, calendars, bill-paying devices, notepads and tracking devices. On the topic of “tracking” ourselves and our kids, I’m sharing the link to Shawna’s recent post on Life360 and how families can use it: http://www.emmawestchester.com/2016/10/11/favorite-app-life-360giving-me-peace-of-mind-korben-more-independence/
I recently read about two new iPhone apps that are useful for families, that help them to stay organized. The first one is called Cozi. I haven’t used it enough to write a proper review of it, so I am borrowing from someone who wrote up a nice summary of her use with it, what she liked and disliked. She rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars, and thinks it’s a good tool for organizing a busy family. https://www.clothforall.com/cozi-a-family-app/
A second app is for the family who needs a little more than Cozi can offer. iGotThis is a task-focused, life management solution that builds self-esteem by ensuring repeated success. It’s loaded with features to keep kids with ADHD on track, focused, and motivated – all while providing real-time visibility and complete control for parents. Approximately 12 million parents are raising an extraordinary child and are looking for ways to solve the issues that come up with such a diagnosis. One of the main symptoms of ADHD is not being able to follow through on a task without being distracted. Another issue is low self-esteem, which often results from the ordinary world’s methods that sets those with ADHD up for failure. iGotThis provides:
- Repeated successes with its unique failsafe reminder system
- Motivation through a customizable rewards feature
- Positive reinforcement with game dynamics
- Inspirational Messaging about ADHD
- Real-Time, remote oversight to parents
It’s so important to build self-confidence and remind those children that ADHD is not a deficiency, it’s a gift. iGotThis helps them learn valuable skills and creates habits that will help them succeed, and build their self-esteem so they can one day have the confidence to enter the world as adults.
The video above gives more info on iGotThis and has a Kickstarter page for the next 30 days. Back the project on the Kickstarter page between March 6th and April 6th to help fund finishing the app and you will become one of the “Founding Families” of iGotThis. These families will enjoy lower prices, additional rewards, privileges and recognition.