6 Best co-parenting apps and software in 2019

Co parenting apps

There is an app for everything nowadays. Some verge on the ridiculous yet some are incredibly helpful in this fast-paced world in which we live. For this reason I wasn’t particularly surprised when I discovered not one, but several apps specifically for co-parenting.

Co-parenting has to be experienced to be believed. Only by living the co-parenting existence can you truly understand the complexity of emotional and practical issues involved. At times it feels nothing short of an emotive military mission.

Depending on the relationship between the parents, most co-parenting situations will eventually reach a comfortable balance. However in some cases, especially if there is tension, disagreement or non-compliance from either parent, it can turn everyday living into a rollercoaster ride for everyone involved, especially and sadly, the children.

Children need stability, calm and security as they grow-up. And not just with the big things like where they’ll be sleeping each night, but also the little things, like knowing their school excursion note will be signed-off. The concern of these parental jobs is not their burden and it’s our role as parents to have it covered, allowing our kids to, well … just be kids.

Due to their capacity to synchronise, co-parenting apps can alleviate the need for communication about menial matters. And it’s often the menial matters that cause the disagreements which hamper co-parenting harmony. So these apps can actually reduce conflict, which can only be a good thing.

Co-parenting apps have a host of functionalities including, but not limited to, shared diaries, expense records, children’s profiles and advice links. Let’s take a look at what’s available on the market at the moment.

THE BEST CO-PARENTING APPS & SOFTWARE IN 2019

 FAMCAL

The FamCal app has a host of features to improve family connection, so although it is not exclusively for co-parents, it can certainly be used by them.  It has a shared calendar which allows every member of the family to share dates, event, schedules, tasks and notes in one place. It keeps things particularly easy with visuals such as colour codes for each family member. The app is available for both Android and iOS users, and the basic version is free.

THIS MAY BE THE CO-PARENTING APP FOR YOU IF:

You have a large family or group to organise where lots of people need to be connected and updated. Also handy if you respond to visuals with colour.

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Coparenting app - Our Family Wizard  OUR FAMILY WIZARD

The Our Family Wizard app was created by a divorced couple who were in need of better communication and sharing of information regarding their children (hat’s off to a couple who can create an app post-divorce!) The result offers an extensive array of tools that schedule child custody, track parenting time, share information and manage expenses. It also logs communication to provide an accurate record for divorce proceedings. Part of the main Our Family Wizard website, it suggests useful resources such as counselling and divorce lawyers.

THIS MAY BE THE CO-PARENTING APP FOR YOU IF:

You are happy to pay a reasonable cost for an app that reaches in and genuinely helps you to be the best co-parent you can be.

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COZI

One of simplest, feature-packed apps we looked at is Cozi. Although not specifically designed for co-parenting, it has everything a co-parenting couple would need, and more. With Cozi you can set-up shared calendars, create to-do lists and share photos. It even allows you to store and share favourite recipes, which is handy to keep meals consistent and deal with food allergies across two homes.

YOU WILL LIKE COZI IF:

You want something super-easy to operate which has heaps of cool features on a fresh, clean interface. Also, as it’s free, you can try it and see whether it works for you and your ex, without outlay.

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Coparenting app - Parenting Apart  PARENTING APART

Created by Christina McGhee, well-known divorce coach and parent educator, the Parenting Apart app focuses less on practicalities and more on emotional issues for parents and children. It includes some great features including emotional stages for parents and children, adjustment issues, parenting apart challenges, plus advice and inspiration. Consider this app an accessible guide with trusted information at your fingertips. Once purchased it provides free software updates with content ‘refills’ in the form of new articles and materials as they become available.

THIS MAY BE THE CO-PARENTING APP FOR YOU IF:

You and/or your children are struggling emotionally with co-parenting and need sound advice and guidance to help with decision making and what to expect.

OurFamilyWizard can help you, learn more now.

Co-parenting app - 2houses  2HOUSES

2houses offers a great suite of features for every aspect of co-parenting. This co-parenting software covers the practicalities with an advanced management calendar and detailed expense recording. It also houses an extensive information sharing feature called 2houses Journal. The idea is that even if your children are with the other parent you’ll never feel far away as it allows the sharing of news, photos, videos and even those endearing children’s quotes. Another nice touch is the Wish List on which you can send a photo and discuss a future gift for your child.

THIS MAY BE THE CO-PARENTING APP FOR YOU IF:

You are looking to streamline the practicality of co-parenting, as well as working with their father to further enhance the well-being of your children.

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Coparenting app - Custody Connection  CUSTODY CONNECTION

A straight-forward and reputedly easy-to-use app, Custody Connection is based around a primary calendar programmed with a synchronised custody schedule. It can be customised for easy viewing and has an ultra-handy Trade Request Feature should parents need to swap custody days. Avoid disputes as the app records whether requests are accepted or declined, then updates both parent’s calendars accordingly.

THIS MAY BE THE CO-PARENTING APP FOR YOU IF:

You and/or your ex-partner have busy schedules that are liable to change and affect the care of your children.

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So there you have it, five co-parenting apps (and co-parenting software). If you feel your co-parenting style needs improving or you want to create a little more harmony with your ex-partner, why not give one a go?

Anything that helps communication and organisation will only improve the well-being and happiness of your children. It will also help you to be a more calm and content single mum.

Apps for co parenting

Lucy Good

Lucy Good

Lucy, founder of Beanstalk, sits at the centre of the think-tank of modern-day single motherhood. Her mission is to help single mums navigate the maze of separation and divorce, and to confidently rebuild and embrace their new path in life.

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