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5 popular apps for families on the go

This post is produced in association with Life360. 

Between the kids’ soccer games, their school work, keeping up with the grocery shopping, and more, managing a family and figuring out who is supposed to be where is a full-time job. Thankfully, a group of apps promises to make your hectic family life easier. These apps do everything from reminding you what to pick up at the store to telling you where your kids are at any given moment. Here are a few promising apps to consider. Paid versions offer additional features.

Cozi
A mobile app and website, Cozi is a central hub for keeping family tasks in order. A key feature of the app is a shared calendar where family members can individually schedule their activities. Color coding shows you at a glance who is going where. But Cozi is more than just a calendar. You can use it to manage shared shopping lists and family to-do lists. It even has a group journal where you can record important family events, such as holidays and vacations.

Keepy
Childhood is a magical time that goes by fast. Keepy, a smartphone app and web platform, preserves your child’s artwork, schoolwork, photos and other memories in a digital timeline. You simply snap a picture of a “keepy,” such as a face painting, a report card, or photo of a first tooth, and then add voice or text commentary. You can share your private memory playlist with aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Extended family can add their own video, voice, or text responses. In five years, you can look back on all your child’s mementos stored in a neat timeline.

Life360
If you are tired of wondering whether your child made it to where they were going, Life360 will give you peace of mind. You can use this smartphone app to keep track of family members in real time without having to call or text them throughout the day. When you log into the app, a family map shows you in an instant where everyone is. You can also save favorite places and get automatic alerts when your kids arrive. This app ensures you’ll never have to ask “Where are you?” again.

TeamSnap
Youth sports can take family life to a whole new level of busy. TeamSnap is a web-based and iPhone app for both coaches and parents of children participating in youth sports. It tells you what games are coming up and keeps you notified of last-minute changes. This app also keeps track of team payments, records who is bringing refreshments, and shows who is going to a game. You can even use this app to organize family events such as picnics, parties, and large reunions.

InClass
Staying on top of schoolwork can be a major challenge for kids. Designed for students in elementary school through college, InClass is an iPad and iPhone app that tracks class schedules and homework assignments. Your child can use it to prioritize tasks and set alarms for when things are due. But the best feature of this app its capability to take notes. While in class, your child can use it to take typed notes, audio notes, video notes, and even pictures. InClass neatly organizes all those notes by course, and you can share notes, too.


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