Technology has changed lives. It is a fact and it continues to do so. As naturally as day turns into night, technology is ever-evolving, adapting to the way people live. In a reciprocal manner, people have also evolved to adapt to technology, asking more questions and continuing the quest to find answers to those queries.
The Dawn of the Smartphone
One such technological marvel that continues to influence people is the smartphone.
From bulky machines designed to make person-to-person communication faster and easier, it has evolved into this nifty little gadget.
Today, the phone that our forebears once knew is stuff for museums, now replaced by sleeker, shinier, and smarter devices that not only make calls but other functions more convenient as well.
In fact, you would think you could run the world with a smartphone in hand, with all the power it wields.
Smartphone feature assistance
Parenting can be a demanding job. For most 21st century parents, the smartphone is a heaven-sent device.
This is especially true for new moms and dads who are still struggling with a new baby or young kids. As they come to terms with the realities of raising another human being, technology plays a major role in giving a helping hand.
Here are some smartphone features that have saved many a parent’s sanity:
1. Call services
Let’s start with the most basic. Phones were invented to allow people to make calls, and thank goodness for people’s inquisitiveness and imagination, they have found a way to make it clearer, faster, and generally better than ever.
With telecommunication giants all sprinting to be the first in providing excellent cell phone service, it translates to more benefits and a wider reach for customers.
Better signals, a vast array of voice call packages, and even international wifi calling all make it possible to call anyone you know, anytime.
- This is very important for parents. When the going gets tough, you will need a break from parenthood and learn to tap out.
- When self-care wins (as it should on regular intervals), parents must take the time to ring up a trusted family member, friend, or professional nanny service to watch over your bouncing baby for a little while.
Calling in reinforcements for a brief respite from bottles and diapers is necessary for you to recharge and rejuvenate. This will allow you more energy and a fresh mind to care for your bundle of joy.
- Your smartphone is especially crucial in time of emergencies. When unfortunate incidents happens – such as the baby getting really sick or your toddler swallowing something he wasn’t supposed to – you’ll need your phone to call the ambulance, your doctor, or anyone who can help you.
- The same can be said for attending to security matters. In the event of break-ins or suspicious activities that put your home and your family at risk, reaching for your phone to report to the authorities can be life-saving.
With just a press of a button, your message can be sent to anyone you need to reach. That is the beauty of instant messaging.
With today’s smartphones, messages can be sent in the blink of an eye and received almost instantly.
- This feature makes it very efficient for parents who juggle parenthood with several other aspects of their lives – work, family, social life. It is more private, personal, and informative in a way that you can choose when to read the message, and know beforehand who the sender is.
- You can also send messages to a group at one time. This is convenient if you need to talk to a lot of people – parents’ groups in your kid’s kindergarten, for example, or family members when planning your toddler’s birthday.
- If you are in a situation wherein you cannot make or receive calls, Short Messaging Service (SMS) is a good way to get informed without disturbing other people around you (provided that you have it on silent mode, of course).
3. Apps, apps, and more apps
Smartphone applications make today’s telecommunication devices a savior for newbie (or even experienced) parents.
This smartphone feature that allows every imaginable app to be at your service almost seems as valuable as the air we breathe.
From A-Z, people have created digital applications that can make one’s life easier, more comfortable, and enjoyable.
Parents can use these apps from trying to conceive a child up to when the child reaches adulthood.
Some apps that are particularly helpful during the early days of parenthood are those that:
- Track the baby’s growth inside your tummy
- Keep track of feedings, medications, and even diaper changes
- Help with breastfeeding, buying groceries when you cannot go out, putting baby to sleep, or even monitoring your child and the carer at home when you’re at work
Finding the right balance
It may sound cliché, but the popular quote, “With great power comes great responsibility” applies to the use of the smartphone – most especially now that people rely on it for crucial parenting duties that involve their nearest and dearest.
Keep in mind that even as it is endowed with infinite possibilities, the smartphone has both its positive and negative effects.
So it remains up to a human’s unique will and wisdom to use the device responsibly, and to see it as a provision that can be maximized for the benefit of all.