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The 50 Best Apps for Parents, 2012

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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You Rule Chores

The 50 Best Apps for Parents, 2012: Top picks for staying organized, family fun, and more

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While we’ll probably never see a system that gets kids to love cleaning up after themselves, You Rule Chores certainly comes close. The app turns chores into a video game, complete with customizable avatars. You enter weekly assignments on your phone or iPad, and with each chore completed, kids earn virtual coins that can be “spent” toward real-world rewards such as an allowance, gifts, or anything else you decide. (All of this stuff can be customized in the app’s menu.) Of course, since You Rule Chores awards your kids’ avatars with power-ups and accessories when they complete tasks ahead of schedule, kids might find themselves less concerned with earning real-world loot. Big emphasis on “might,” of course.

Get it for iPhone + iPad, $3.99

 

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3 thoughts on “The 50 Best Apps for Parents, 2012

  1. Patrick says:

    On Andorid, there’s a widget called “Large Bookmark widget”, that creates large buttons on the home screen that open web pages. It’s large size makes it easy to press and read. My folks found that very useful.

    Pat.

  2. Cath Roan says:

    Great new free parenting app called MyRewards. Just like an online reward sticker chart but with all the benefits of being online. It encourages multiple users so all those that look after a child can have access to the app and ‘milestones’ mean that a child does the tasks their parents want them to, not just the ones they like!

  3. Cooper says:

    I’m loving planwheel to help find things to do on the weekend with the kiddos https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/planwheel/id762032213?mt=8

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