Co-Parenting App

🎶Breaking up is hard to do.🎶 There’s an app for that… for co-parenting. I’ve learned that co-parenting doesn’t come naturally, it requires effort. Scheduling events can be chaotic for one family… but combining the schedules of two households and multiple kids.. what if it didn’t have to be so hard?

I’ve come across an App that works to alleviate some of the major areas of difficulty like scheduling, receipts and payments for medical expenses, documented communication, and storing important records. The first version of AppClose came out about a year ago and has been entirely free ever since.

If you have tried AppClose with your family we’d love some feedback on it to share with the community! IMG_3139

Dealing With Anger

In our ‘I want it my way’ culture, children are are growing up angry when things don’t fall exactly in to place. ‘What?! I can’t have 2 popsicles? Not fair!‘ So, what are we to do? Parents are often no better… I’ve seen your anger as you wait in the pick-up line, drop your phone (again), and fight traffic.

Maybe we need some tools. Progressive muscle relaxation teaches you how to relax your muscles through a two-step process. First, you tense particular muscle groups in your body. Next, you release the tension and notice how your muscles feel when you relax them. Sounds great, but how do I get my kid to use that?

Amazon to the rescue. The Angry Octopus is a storybook that teaches the steps to progressive muscle relaxation in a fun and entertaining way. Follow along as the octopus becomes more pleasant and calms his own anger. Plus, there’s more! You can also get the Angry Octopus coloring workbook that has over 30 additional ideas to help alleviate anger matched with a coloring page. It’s a great resource to pull out when you’re teaching your darling children that sometimes things don’t go as planned, but we make it through!