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Four Apps Making Life Easier For South African Parents

It’s been a tough 12 months for parents across the globe, and no one is judging those scrambling to keep up to speed with all their duties and responsibilities. From paying your school fees on time to making sure your toddler stays entertained as you brave yet another Zoom meeting while working from home, read on for four apps that every parent needs to help make life just a little bit easier.



Manage school admin with Karri


Things like online learning are pretty much the norm now for parents, and those even who weren’t too technologically savvy to begin with have surely learned a thing or two about Zoom lessons thanks to lockdowns and school closures.


Between preparing children for school in the mornings (now that they’re back), and playing the role of back-up teacher, it’s easy to see how important things can fall through the cracks.


Enter the Karri app - you’ll never forget a school payment again. Karri is a cashless collections platform for schools which aims to make the lives of bursars, teachers and parents simpler and easier, offering a fast and secure payment method that makes that essential school fundraising a breeze.


Anything from school fees to fundraising, to managing how much is spent at the tuck shop can be done through the app. Parents simply download the app for free on to a smartphone, create a login, and make an instant payment to the school from a credit card, debit card or via EFT.


Keep them entertained with YouTube Kids


All parents know the feeling of playtime fatigue! The novelty of peek-a-boo wears off once they reach a certain age, and hands-on playtime is not always realistic when we’re expected to also complete a full day’s work. Luckily, YouTube Kids is there for times when you need to keep your little one busy while you handle the everyday adult duties.


The app has become a firm favourite among parents due to its easy-to-use and engaging interface, and the ability to determine what content your children view. You can choose from an option to approve all content yourself, or enter your child’s age group and have the app do the job of finding suitable content for them.


To prevent them enjoying the app a little too much, there are great parental controls in place that allow you to set a timer to limit viewing time spent on the app, block certain content, turn off search options, and change search history settings.


Save time with Checkers Sixty60


This one is a no-brainer. It’s an affordable way to keep your fridge and pantry stocked with healthy food, and it’s delivered within the hour? Arguably one of the best apps to come out of 2020, not just for parenting, has to be Checkers Sixty60. Intuitive and easy to use, it is amazing for any last-minute items you forgot to pick up during your shop, or if you prefer to do your weekly haul without stepping out of your house.


Hop on the app to get everything from bread and milk, to nappies and snacks, any day of the week. And if it’s between Monday and Thursday, don’t forget to check out the drinks trolley for any grown-up -beverages you’d like to enjoy after a busy day of parenting!


Become a super parent with Ovia Parenting


Many new parents struggle to get into a set routine with their little ones. Lucky for millennials everywhere, the age of What to Expect When You’re Expecting has now expanded to a world full of social media and an app for almost anything. The Ovia Parenting app is a godsend for those who need a tool to help them track feedings, naps and other health updates for their children.


Even milestones can be tracked with this app, as well as your baby’s sleeping pattern, making it easy and convenient for you to remember their cycles and pick up any unusual changes. Parents and caregivers also receive articles, tips and content in sync with your child’s development!


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