5 Apps that Help Keep Your Family Connected
We’re all aware that our families are our most valuable blessings. In our increasingly distracting world it’s more important than ever to stay connected. Whether it’s sharing your son’s big game with extended family, or sitting down with the spouse and kids over a good meal, spending time together as a family is important. Despite all its drawbacks, technology can actually make it a little easier.
For those among us who are using (or want to use) technology and other tools to strengthen family ties, here are five apps that make it easy and fun for everyone to stay connected.

1. Bubble: Group Video Chat & Group Text

Healthy family relationships are built on open communication.  Bubble integrates private group video and live stream for up to 10 people. Whether you want to share a child’s birthday party, your teen’s big game, or a sunset while on vacation, this app allows all family members to participate in celebrating milestones (or special everyday occurrences) together. With this group messaging app, you’ll always be in touch.

2. Life360 Locator: Find My Family, Friends, and Phone

This leading location-sharing app doesn’t just shos each family member’s location on a map.  You can set it up to send you notifications when your family comes and goes from home, work, and school. The app provides real time information, including while they are walking and driving. 
Another perk of this app is the premium Crash Detection service. This gives you information on driving performance, so you can improve driver safety. If a crash is detected, trained emergency response agents will call the phone to check if the driver is okay and call their emergency contacts. Talk about ultimate peace of mind to know the people you care most about are safe.

3. YAHTZEE With Buddies

Continue family game night, even when the family is far away from home. This classic game (recently updated and improved) has been around for over 50 years! It still brings out the fun and friendly competition in everyone who joins, anytime and anywhere.

4. Mealime: Healthy Meal Plans

Gathering around the dinner table with family is one of the most meaningful times of the day. Unfortunately, life is busy. Finding time to put food on the table, let alone healthy food, is a challenge.
This app simplifies the process by planning healthy meals that are ready in just 30 minutes. The meal plans and recipes are highly customizable. Options include gluten free, shellfish free, tree nut free, and pescetarian, among many others.
Grocery lists are automatically generated and intelligently created in order to eliminate food waste as much as possible. Now you can actually enjoy cooking dinner and make family meal time a priority.

5. Parent Cue

From the time your child is born until they graduate, you have 936 weeks of influence on them. Parent Cue helps you take advantage of that time by keeping track of those weeks and giving you practical tips and applicable parenting prompts in the form of videos and conversation starters.

As parents, you lead very busy lives. But you don’t want to miss out on making meaningful connections with each of your children. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the day-to-day business of life without stopping long enough to think about how you can actually grow your relationship with them. This app helps you to do just that.

Let Technology Work for Your Family

By letting technology work for your family, you are given much-needed opportunities to talk, protect, play, and eat together…even in the fast-paced world of today where everyone is constantly being pulled in different directions. These five apps may be just what you need in order to help your family life run more smoothly while you take more opportunities to connect and build your relationships together!