Dads In The Game promotes good things dads are doing, like introducing these helpful apps
On Twitter I met a gentleman named Justin Berk who happens to be a meteorologist. I am always intrigued by people who specialize in things I know nothing about. The extent of my meteorology expertise is to walk out the front door and look up.
In collaboration with his 6 year old son (seriously), Justin created an awesome weather app called Kid Weather. According to their FB page the app is practical, informative, and educational. I totally agree. I don’t know about your kid, but Landon sometimes decides he is tired of wearing pants and sweaters in the winter and wants to walk out of the house in his underwear. A feature of the app helps kids understand the correlation between weather and the clothing they should wear. Within this feature is a vertical scroll bar enabling you to raise the temperature as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. As you change the temperature, so do the clothes your avatar wears. For example, at 120 degrees the male avatar is wearing a bathing suit, and at negative forty degrees he is all bundled up including a hat and gloves. You can also throw in other elements like rain, and the avatar will magically change in to a rain coat, rain boots, and hold an umbrella. A trivia section includes information ranging from extreme conditions, records, to legends and song lyrics. There are educational and entertainment items for every day of the year. The graphing tool allows you to plot and track weekly or monthly weather conditions. I’m a definite fan of this app. My son loved it! It’s available now in the Apple app store for $1.99.
I also met the Co-Creators of the iRewardChart app, winner of the 2010 & 2011 best parenting app. According to the app description, the program makes it easy to track and reward your children for good behavior, which helps keep them motivated. When you open the app it asks you to create a profile(s) for your child/children and upload a photo. In this stage you also create the rewards your child can expect by accumulating points. For example, earning ice cream can be 3 points, a sleep over 25, a camping trip 100, and a game console 400. Children earn points by accomplishing certain tasks on a daily basis like helping mom, not whining or cleaning up their toys. Your child can decide to go for the low-hanging fruit or save points for the mother load. I like the point system. It’s like their first savings account experience. The app also has an easy way to share your child’s success in a visually pleasing way by emailing or posting to Facebook and Twitter. You can include grandparents or a traveling spouse on the good news via email or by posting to Facebook and tagging them. The ease of sharing the news, along with the well done interface, are what separates this app from just having a star chart on your refrigerator. I’m a fan. The app comes in two versions; Lite & Premium. Lite allows you to include only one child while Premium enables you to add as many children as you would like. The Lite version is free on the Apple app store and the Premium goes for $3.99.
App: iReward Chart
Available in the Apple App Store, Android Marketplace, Amazon App Store, and also compatible with a Windows 7 phone, and a Barnes & Noble Nook.
—first appeared at Dads In The Game
—image is from Kid Weather App