By Tracey Dowdy
Parenting is one of the most challenging things you’ll ever face, and co-parenting can sometimes not just double, but exponentially increase those challenges. Trying to organize and keep track of homework, appointments, special dietary requirements and expenses can make your head spin.
Fortunately, there’s an app for that. Here are some of the best:
Our Family Wizard
Created by a divorced couple looking for a better way to communicate and exchange information about their kids, Our Family Wizard provides visitation and child custody schedules, calendars, parenting plans, and other co-parenting tools. The web site and app also include links to counseling and legal services.
Platform: Web, iOS, Android
Cost: Free app download but subscription required for use ($99 per parent per year)
Again created by co-parents, 2Houses offers a calendar to organize custody and events, share information about school or doctor’s appointments, a photo album, a journal to record notes and important reminders like food allergies or sensitivities, and an expense module to manage child related expenses for both parents.
Platform: Web, iOS
Kidganizer is a good option for parents who may not communicate well face to face. This synchronized app allows users to create profiles for each child and input information including scheduling and finances, as well as sending alerts to remind family members of important events like doctor’s visits, parent teacher conferences or ballet recitals. Updates are in real time, so both caregivers have up to date information.
CustodyJunction.com is designed to facilitate custody from before to after the divorce. Through the calendar and tracking features, parents can schedule current and future visitation and support arrangements for up to two years’ in advance, which is a significant help in planning vacations and holidays. Customized reports on visitation, support payments, expenses, and hours spent with child are generated for both parents and can be shared with third parties such as lawyers or court monitors.
Cost: Free 30 day trial/$47 one year subscription
About One is ideal for accessing paperwork on-the-go, serving as an online file cabinet where you can keep receipts, health information, instructions for caregivers and school reports. Track scheduling, events, paperwork, and emergency contact information and access them at any time.
Platform: iOS, Android, Windows
Skedi is a cloud based app that syncs with your current online calendar – Google, Outlook, Yahoo!, or Microsoft Exchange. Manage drop offs, pick-ups, and even assign to other family members so there’s never a doubt about who’s turn it is or who is responsible for getting something done.
Cozi isn’t designed specifically with co-parenting in mind but is still a valuable tool for parents trying to manage life in two places. Cozi offers an app and web site for managing your family’s calendars, to-do lists, chores, and shopping lists. Add recurring events like soccer practice or tutoring, forward the week’s agenda to family members, and have alerts sent via text or email.
Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry
Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Toronto, ON. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances and researches on subjects from family and education to pop culture and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.