Whether we’re using our smartphone to organize play dates or handing over the iPad to keep the kids entertained, we can’t live without our mobile gadgets. But with more than a million apps available in Apple’s iTunes Store and Android’s Google Play market, our smartphones and tablets are useful for a lot more than calls and games.
From baby monitors to vacation planners to virtual assistants for mom, our annual guide to the 50 best apps for parents has everything you need to get the most from your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. Best of all, most of these apps are free or available with free equivalents, so you can give them a whirl without having to put a dent in the family budget.
We hope you have as much fun checking out these apps as we did testing them. Be sure to tell us about your favorite apps, too — we can’t wait to see what you find! — Aaron Burgess
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This aptly named app from family psychologist Dr. Edward Hallowell is designed to help harried parents, kids with ADHD, and anyone else who’s feeling overwhelmed step back long enough to get back to what matters most. You start by answering a brief questionnaire, get an assessment that ranks how “crazy busy” you are, and receive targeted pointers for the areas of your life — home and school, for instance — that are out of balance. (We, for instance, received tips to curb “screen sucking” by turning off email and limiting social-media use during peak working hours.) The app’s free version has just enough of these features to help you hit the reset button on a stressful day, but an in-app purchase of $1.99 unlocks a longer-term plan for reducing everyday anxiety.
Get it for iPhone + iPad, Free