Becoming a single parent can be like being dropped off in a foreign city with no money, no car, and no coffee. Blindfolded. Like parenting, single parenting doesn’t come with a handy instruction manual, and parents usually don’t have nine months to prepare for becoming single parents.
The life of a single parent is challenging in its own right. Some newly single parents worry about finances, time management, and helping their kids through the transition. Thankfully, several apps can assist in these areas.
Manage Finances With Mint
Many parents find themselves needing to manage their own money for the first time when they uncouple. Creating a budget and figuring out how to make enough money and save enough money to meet that budget can seem like an impossible task.
Mint makes the whole process easy and painless. With Mint’s mobile app and online version, single parents can easily set up budgets and track their spending. The service connects to the user’s bank account and pulls the transactions into an easy-to-use dashboard. Mint does a good job of putting transactions into appropriate categories, and users have the ability to change categories, create new categories, and set budgets for different spending habits like gas, coffee, and groceries.
This budgeting style is like envelope budgeting where each category has a fixed spending limit. Mint has a handy meter that gauges how much money is left in each budget based on the day of the month. So, it’s easy to make sure you are staying within budget at any given time.
Manage Co-parenting, Scheduling, and Important Documents
Working with the other parent during the separation and divorce process can be tricky. Managing visitation and pick-up times, as well as other schedules and divorce documents, creates many opportunities for arguments and emotionally tense situations. An app like 2Houses helps create a non-conflict environment for co-parents to keep track of their kid’s schedule and other appointments, while also knowing when the other parent isn’t available to step in and pick up the slack when needed.
Google Calendar is another simple way for co-parents to coordinate schedules. Google Drive is also an efficient tool to organize and edit important documents related to the divorce and the children.
Create a Stress-Relieving Playlist On Spotify
Spotify is available on mobile devices and as a free computer download. Users can create playlists from thousands of songs and artists. Spotify also has built-in playlists for every mood including “Have A Great Day!”, “Relax & Unwind”, and “All The Feels”.
There are going to be days when nothing but dancing around the house to some great tunes will lift your spirits. Music has a magical way of flipping bad moods and curing loneliness and stress.
Start a HIIT Routine With Seconds-Pro
HIIT is a high-intensity workout that usually lasts around 12-15 minutes. The workout is comprised of about 30 seconds of high-energy movement followed by 10 seconds of rest and then high-energy movement again. HIIT is specially designed to maximize fat-burning in uber-short sessions, which makes it a great workout for stressed single parents who are strapped for time.
Seconds-Pro is an app that lets users design their own HIIT workout that they can take anywhere. The app sets the interval and rest periods and calls out the next interval so users can focus completely on the workout.
For newly single parents, keeping up with or starting an exercise routine is an invaluable stress-relieving tool. A HIIT workout with the Seconds-Pro app provides a quick, fast-paced, and simple workout that not only fits busy schedules but also keeps you motivated.
Take a Break With Calm
Calm is a mobile meditation coach. The app opens with a serene scene of a rippling lake and ice-capped mountains in the distance. Birds are happily chirping. From there, users can do three things: practice breathing, meditate or get help falling asleep.
Calm comes with a list of guided meditations, unguided meditations, and a seven-day meditation series. Each one is designed to help bring a Zen experience. If a new way of life is making it difficult to fall asleep, users can get help with Sleep Stories. Sleep Stories are recorded stories read in a calm and soothing voice that help you drift off into a peaceful sleep.
Being thrust into the single parenting world can be stressful. FamilyTech is hoping to make the transition easier with the multi-parent feature in Mothershp and through a little extra help from the rest of the app world. With these, single parents can organize, relax, and breathe a little easier.
Sara Woodard-Ortiz, owner of The HeartFull Journey, is an ally for heartbroken moms who are going through separation and divorce. Her goal is to help moms love themselves during and after divorce as a way to build a foundation to attract a new, satisfying relationship. Sara lives in Danville, IL with her three-year-old daughter, Olivia, and their two cats, Bianca and Katniss. When Sara is not working on her business you can find her playing Minecraft or drinking coffee at a local cafè.