5 Best Dadding Android Apps

What apps can’t you live without?  That favorite game?  Social media?  That amazing music streaming app?  These are the 5 apps that I can’t live without as a DAD.

  1. Google Keep Notes

    • This is my favorite app for keeping notes and making lists.  It allows you to easily add a collaborator.  This allows for more than one person to edit the note/list.  My wife and I use this for meal planning and for our grocery list!  It’s also great for quick notes and reminders that pop up when I’m too busy do anything but jot them down.  If you use Google Assistant you can “Ok Google” a note verbally as well.
  2. PBS Kids Play Games

    • Got a little one that needs some entertainment?  Need to deescalate an emotional child?  This app has a plethora of games and activities to keep your child occupied in those “help me!” moments.   Some are pretty basic for toddlers while others have a little more complexity for slightly older kids.  The favorites of my son are Sesame Street, Super Why and Daniel the Tiger.
  3. Instagram

    • No brainer here.  This is THE app for sharing and modifying pictures.  Many people like to use Facebook for sharing photos but Instagram is built precisely for pictures.  This is an easy and powerful app.  It seems to be less polluted with politics, advertisements and overall clutter that you find on Facebook.
  4. Mint

    • Raising kids is not cheap.  This app is my go to for keeping our finances in order.  You can securely add all of your debt, savings, and investment accounts and Mint keeps all of it organized together.  It can help you build budgets, monitor spending, alert changes in your accounts, and remind you of bills.  I use this app every single day.
  5. Baby Daybook

    • This app helped my wife and I keep our sanity after the birth of each of our sons.  You basically log on pees, poops, baths and feedings into the app.  Then we don’t have to ask each other, “when did you change his diaper last?”  Or “when was his last bottle?”  There is a paid no-ad version or you can stick to the free app that shows advertisements from time to time.  This app is very deep and can be used for as much or as little as you need for your child.

 

Got some suggestions?  I’m always looking to update and refresh my posts.  Comment and share your favorite app for dadding (or parenting in general) and I’ll take a look!

 

Stressed? Start a New Hobby

I’ve found myself overwhelmed by fatherhood more than once.  I found that having a hobby is a great outlet during the little bit of free time us Dad’s might have.

Indulging in something that eases your mind is not only healthy, but smart.  I too often find myself sitting around during my little bits of free time thinking about all the things I wish I had more time to do.  Why not take some of those ideas and take action?

You don’t have to really begin hobbying to relax.  Maybe you just take everyday activities or tasks and find a way to make them relaxing or therapeutic.

Below is a list of things you may want to try:

  • Reading (Hardcover, Paperback, ebook, magazine)
  • Gaming
    • PC/Computer

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    • Mobile
    • Console
  • Writing / Journaling / Blogging
  • Follow a team or sport
  • TV Series
  • Create and watch a list of movies
  • Paint / Draw
  • Craft / Etsy
  • Comic Books
  • Wood Working
  • Gardening / Yardwork
  • Detail your Car
  • Exercise
    • Run / Jog
    • Weight Lift
    • Train for an event
  • Fold the laundry with music or tv on
  • Mow the lawn with music
  • Try knitting

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  • Take up fishing
  • Try Yoga Stretches and Poses
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Start a collection (cards, coins, stamps, etc)
  • Try photography
  • Take up cooking / baking / try new recipes
  • Try learning an instrument

I’ve tried about 90% of what you see here and found some favorites that I stick to.  When something becomes boring or no longer beneficial I dismiss it from my list of relaxing activities and try something else.

Personally, my free time comes after my children are asleep.  Giving me about an hour or two to dedicate to something relaxing.  Don’t bite off more than you can chew.  Pick a couple things, rotate them through the week and allow yourself to feel good about the accomplishments you make with these tasks.

Am I missing anything?  Suggestions?  Comment to share more with me.

More Than Just the Other Parent

Mom can do no wrong.  At least in my eyes.

As the two of us progress on this adventure of parenthood, I often stop and have a freak out moment when a new experience jumps in front of us and blocks the road.

Our son no longer wants to take a bath after months of loving it beyond description.  The melt down is legendary.  We’ve got screaming.  We’ve got wailing.  We’ve got a two year old boy wet noodling himself onto the floor bare naked.  He grasps at cabinet doors, toilet seats, and piles of dirty clothes.  He’s winning and Dad’s ready to lose his shit.

I’m not going to do anything rash, I’m just going to cry.  In the other room.  While Mom finds a way to calm him down enough to plop him into the water and give him an impromptu standing shower.

Genius really.  He hated it of course.  But it got done and life moved on.  But I was still secretly broken.

I’d ask myself, “Am I ever going to figure out this Dad thing?”  The prospect seemed bleak.

He began with his new favorite word: No.  Yep it was that simple.

“Do you want chicken nuggets or PB & J?” I had asked. — “No.”

“How about meat balls?”  — “No.”

The next morning: “Time to put your shoes on.” — “No.”

“Ok.  Coat first then shoes.” — “No.”

All the time, Mom would swoop in, say something magical and get results.  She spoke in tongues.  I couldn’t even log it for future use.

Things weren’t perfect.  She couldn’t defuse everything, but she was Mom and Mom figured it out.

Don’t ever take her for granted.  Sometimes you’ll hold all the secrets and pull hero.  Other times you will need her strength and fortitude.  Let Mom lead the way and do your very best to compliment her.  You are something more than just the “other parent.”

The reward always comes when your little one says “I love you Dad.”

Be sure to let her know:  “I love you, Mom!”