Working Parent? This App Syncs With Your Kid's School Calendar to Lessen Your Mental Workload
Parents usually have a lot going on, but in recent months, their responsibilities have increased tenfold. From juggling work and home, plus the added task of homeschooling kids amid school closures, it's enough to overwhelm anyone.
As families are gearing up to go back to school, whether in person, online, or a combination of both, life will continue to look a lot different from before. A recent study conducted by the Cozi Family Organizer app found that life will be harder for 60 percent of parents due to their child's school reopen plan, and 67 percent of study participants reported having more work to do around the house amid the stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19. While not surprising, these numbers are pretty telling, and it's no secret parents need help.
How does one stay on track? Well, the Cozi Family Organizer is one way for parents to manage everything — schedules, shopping lists, meal planning, and more — all in one place. In fact, one of the best features of the Cozi app is that it's a shared calendar, meaning anyone in your family can take a look and even add events for everyone to see. Parents can also assign tasks to each other, greatly reducing the individual mental workload of one parent trying to juggle everything alone.
To keep up with current times, Cozi added a slew of new resources to help with kids heading back to school. Parents can now add links to calendar events to include Zoom classroom chats and find handy back-to-school checklists. There's also a 2020 Back to School Planner you can print and hang in a convenient location. In addition to providing a spot to mark the events of each day, the planner has a place for meal ideas, including "self-serve lunches" and "go-to dinners." To streamline blended learning, parents can also sync their child's school calendar to the app. Cozi is compatible with iCal, so if your school's calendar is posted online, more than likely it will work with the app. Outside of school-related tasks, parents can create starter chore lists for their kids to delegate out some of the home workload piling up.
With a near-perfect rating of 4.8 in the Apple App Store from nearly 210,000 users, it looks like the app works for many parents. "I love this app," writes one. "I'm a busy mom of two pre-teens whose schedules get busier and busier, and a husband with a busy work calendar. What I initially loved about Cozi was the ability to create tabs for each family member so each knows where they need to be and where others are."
Another reviewer writes, "I highly recommend this app for anyone, but especially for busy families!" And another parent claims Cozi has become their family's "personal assistant."
While we still don't know exactly how this school year will play out, it's comforting to know that there's help should we need it. The Cozi Family Organizer is available for free on Apple and Google Play.