You've probably already figured out that being a political candidate means you are going to be busy in a way you weren't before you became a political candidate. Whether you were a stay-at-home mom or a corporate mom, a teacher or a girl scout leader, you have just added a brand new commitment to your likely already busy schedule. And it's a doozy.
Lucky for us, we're in the age of technology. And while sometimes we might yearn for a simpler (and less digital) age, when you can't be with your kids all of the time, there's nothing like a little tech-savvy to keep you connected. Here are a few ways we keep up on momming even when we can't be there in person.
Skype or Facetime.
When we were kids and we needed our moms, we were stuck with a phone call. While we still use it—often—the old-fashioned phone call has its limitations, the primary one being that you can't see the person with whom you're speaking. Lucky for us, we can video chat with our kids, allowing them to see where we are, what we're doing, and enabling them to get a birds eye view of their moms in action. Even more? It works in reverse. So if you're dealing with a more independent child, you can take a look at their surroundings as well. We don't know what we would do without the ability to connect via Skype or Facetime.
In all honesty, when we were first introduced to this free app, we were like, "But...why?" Couldn't we simply text our messages? Why on earth would we need to film them? But then we remembered...kids! Marco Polo is basically a video recording app that works like a walkie talkie (kind of). You hold your phone and record yourself speaking, and then send it. Users can look at the video, replay the video, and respond with their own video. While we suggest having a parent oversee this app (because we don't want any kids to be put in potentially dangerous social situations with strangers) we cannot think of a better way to leave a good-night message to your toddler than one where they can see and hear their mommy. Obviously, the best option would be talking to them live, but if you've got an event that coincides with bedtime, you can use Marco Polo to record your good night message and send it at any time.
If you ever use your iphone to confirm your family member has made it safely to their driving destination, we think you'll love Life 360. It's kind of a family hub, with family tracking (did mom leave that campaign event or is she still there?) and family texting. It can even let you know how fast your kids are driving (if they are of driving age)...but beware...it shares the same information with them so be sure to set a good example! Really helpful if your kids are involved in a lot of activities...you can get your babysitter on the app too so you can confirm everyone is where they need to be.
There are a lot of apps out there to help you manage your kids screen time, but this one is currently our favorite. It's not free, but it's a lot of bang for your buck. With the ability to set time limits on your kids screen time as well as pick and choose which apps you want accessible, Qustodio helps to keep your kids safe from cyber threats, bullies, and too much screen time. Plus, after you set it up and put your limits in place, you're done. It will alert you to any unusual activity.