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7 must-have back to school apps for parents


Back to school means back to carpooling, back to lunches, back to learning, back to hectic schedules, and back to chaos! Before heading back to school, download these apps to help you get organized and ready to tackle the new school year.

1.) LaLa Lunchbox Do you struggle with what to pack for lunch and how to get your kids to actually eat what you pack? LaLa Lunchbox makes the dreaded school lunch duties a little bit easier. With this handy app your kids get involved in their lunch and may even get excited about eating healthier. LaLa Lunchbox allows kids to select foods for their meals with fun monsters, colors and sounds, and a completely customizable Food Library which turns into a handy grocery list for parents. The only thing this app can’t do is pack the lunch for you.

2.) Retail Me Not Before you head out for back to school shopping, make sure to check out Retail Me Not for the latest deals from your favorite shops. You can find coupons for more than 50,000 stores on this shopping lover’s best friend. Just type in the store name and any relevant offers and deals will pop up. The app even has a Back To School section and will notify you of sales at stores that you have saved to your favorites.

3.) Artkive Back to school means back to paper, back to beautiful artwork, and inevitably back to clutter. With Artkive you can reduce the clutter by saving all your little artists’ artwork digitally in one place. Use this app to organize your kids’ artwork, share their artwork with others, and even turn their masterpieces into a keepsake book.

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4.) Cozi This all-in-one family organizational tool will help you “manage the chaos of everyday life.” With Cozi, you can keep track of everyone’s schedules, appointments and activities in one place. This app will help you save time on managing schedules so that you have more time to figure out how to get everyone where they need to go.

5.) Khan Academy Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard for kindergartners through high school and beyond. With this app your child can brush up on subjects and skills before they head back to school or as they hit tough roadblocks throughout the school year. Kids are not the only ones who can benefit from this app – it also serves as a great refresher for parents before helping your kids with their homework.

6.) Evernote Grocery lists, carpool lists, school supply lists, homework lists, contact lists … back to school brings a flurry of new lists and to-do’s. Evernote is a busy parent’s solution for managing these lists and crossing off the never ending to-do’s. Add this organizing wonder to your list of must-download apps!

7.) Life360 Wondering where everyone is? With this app you can view your family members on a map, communicate with them, and receive alerts when your loved ones arrive at home, school, work, or any other specified location. Your child may not like it, but with this app you will have one less thing to worry about.

Anjali Varma is the mother of two boys and owner of Kidville Bethesda, a children’s enrichment facility that offers classes, haircuts and birthday parties. She is also the founder of the Modern Mompreneur. You can follow Anjali on Twitter and Instagram @anjvarma and on Facebook @TheModernMompreneur.

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