There’s nothing easy about parenting, especially in the 21st century. For most of us it’s a full time job on top of a full time job, and the digital perils of raising a child in the 21st century make it necessary for Moms and Dads to be more vigilant than ever. In an era where most children have their own (or at least access to) at least one digital device it’s only natural that parents will worry about their ability to access inappropriate content or their vulnerability to online predators and their increasingly inventive means. All of this is a challenge even to the most able bodied of parents but for parents coping with the realities of fibromyalgia it can be a source of tremendous stress, anxiety and frustration. Fortunately, digital technology has your back. These apps have been carefully selected to make life as a fibro parent that little bit easier – here are apps for a fibro parent.
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Apps for a Fibro Parent
Use your phone to fight the ‘fibro fog’
As if the near constant pain and fatigue that come with fibromyalgia weren’t enough many suffer from regular cognitive dysfunction which sufferers affectionately term ‘brain fog’ or ‘fibro fog’. This can be troublesome even to single fibro sufferers, but to parents it can be a nightmare, especially in an era where we must be more switched on than ever. Fortunately, there are a number of apps which can help you battle through ‘fibro fog’ and be the parent you deserve to be. Aside from using your phone’s camera to take images of your parking space so that you don’t forget where you’ve parked and making extensive use of your contacts app and calendar for making appointments impossible to miss, you should consider making more use of your Notes app and install an accurate weather app if your fibromyalgia makes you extra sensitive to changing temperatures.
Keep track of your kids with Family Orbit
Keeping track of what your kids can doing can be excruciating when you’re experiencing severe pain and / or muscle stiffness that are all too common in fibromyalgia sufferers. Fortunately, Family Orbit is a pretty comprehensive parental control app that allows you to keep track of your kids’ online and IRL activities wherever they are. From the app you can lock and unlock their devices, track their location, see logs of their phone activity and of course restrict inappropriate or dangerous content.
Cozi Family Organizer
Organizing a family is no easy task for anyone, but the combination of pain and fatigue that come with suffering from fibromyalgia make it even more challenging. Cozi Family Organizer allows your whole family to chip in to make things a little easier for you. It’s a scheduling app to which everyone can contribute to, marking off chores and everyday actions as they’re accomplished. Milk running low? Simply add it to the app’s grocery list and it will flag on everyone’s phone so that they can pick some up for you ASAP.
Suffering from fibromyalgia can make the already difficult task of parenting positively exhausting. Fortunately, your phone can go a long way to making day to day life a little easier.