USA TODAY: 10 top tech gadgets, apps for parents

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10 top tech gadgets, apps for parents

We shuttle kids, juggle schedules, work harder and longer hours than ever before now that we’re tethered to our tech 24/7. And we’re supposed to do it all while providing a Pinterest-perfect home life. Ack, the pressure! The good news is that out of today’s hyper-connected world comes a few simple tech tools that help make a busy parents life a little easier. Here are 10 of my favorite go-to gadgets and apps: 1. For safety peace of mind: Life 360 With a million schedules to keep straight I worry all the time that I’m forgetting to pick someone up at the right place at the right time. Life 360 is a big help with making sure everyone in the family is where they’re supposed to be: safe, sound, and in touch. It’s a free app that you set up on your phone, then invite your family to join on their mobile devices. It provides a map that shows you where they are — in real time — and lets them see you as well. It also has a geo-fencing feature that lets you set up a perimeter on the map for a designated location, like home, school or soccer practice. You get an automatic alert every time a family member arrives or departs from that designated area on the map. For emergencies, there’s even a panic button. If someone pushes it, the app e-mails, texts and sends push notifications to everyone in the family, with a detailed map to let everyone see exact locations.

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