As a Dad I need every advantage I can get.
There is a saying in sports, “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying hard enough.” Now, I’m not saying you should cheat, but I am saying that you ought to gain as many advantages as you possibly can. Thankfully for us there are these little tiny devices called smartphones which, when used properly, can give dads (and parents in general) an unfair advantage.
Here are 3 of the tools in my arsenal:
“And when you’re at the store don’t forget garbage bags!!!” I don’t know about you but if I don’t write that down immediately it’s as if it was never said.
Thankfully “there is an app for that.”
I like Wunderlist. It’s simple. It’s free. And it works on your desktop or smartphone.
I’ve created categories such as:
- Replace deck
- New toilet
- Home Depot
- Tape Measure
- Grocery Store
- Organic chicken
Then as you get these items you check them off, and you’re done.
“The days are long, but the years are short”
A mentor once told me that quote when I was struggling as a Dad. He was right.
One of the ways I use Evernote is to journal life. Funny moments. Moments where I lock myself in the bathroom just to catch my breath (this happens more often that I’d like to admit).
Everyone once in a while I sit down and go through some of my old Evernote notes. It helps me to realize that now is not as bad as back then. And helps to realize that it does get better.
History does have a way of repeating itself. By going over my past notes I can try and not make the same mistake again.
I also keep prayers in my Evernote. There is a daily prayer that covers my family, as well as other prayers when I’m struggling with certain aspects of my life. Prayer works, and Evernote helps me remember that. I even have a daily reminder set up for the daily prayer that reminds me to pray it every morning.
Google Calendar (Free)
If you and your spouse, and even your kids, have smartphones and aren’t using a Google shared calendar you are doing it wrong.
“Don’t forget to pick up Cooper after school!!!” If it’s not in the calendar it’s not happening. Bottom line. And sorry Cooper, hard lesson learned, we won’t forget you again.
Syncing your calendar and your spouses/kids is super simple. Here’s a short video to show you how:
I use more apps than these 3, but these are the big ones.
I’m curious, what apps do you use that give you an unfair advantage being a dad?
For more insights on tech-related parenting, check out Focus on the Family’s article series, “Tech Support for Parents.“