As a parent, you tend to always have about a million things to do and not nearly enough hands to do them. While families in the past had to manage a careful balancing act, modern families have smart home technology at their disposal. From voice assistants like Alexa on an Amazon Echo to security systems you can connect to your smartphone, there is a piece of technology for everything.
This technology can be extremely helpful for families with kids. While you may be wary of having so much tech around your little ones, there are plenty of ways you can ensure your smart home set-up is family-friendly. Let’s take a look at a few of the most useful tips for families who want to utilize smart home technology.
Assist with Homework
Voice assistants are great homework helpers. You can use them to set a timer for structured study times or have them play motivating music for your young academics. If you’re checking your child’s work on a vocabulary exercise or math worksheet, you can ask your voice assistant how to spell words or the answers to equations if you’re unsure. This feature can also help your child check their own work once they’ve completed it.
Set up Routines
If you’ve connected your entire house to your smartphones and voice assistants, you can use them to control elements like lighting and sound. When it’s time to wake up your family, you can program your voice assistant to respond to a command that starts to turn on the lights, plays your preferred morning music, and reminds each person of the tasks they need to do that day. You can program similar routines for bedtime and even have voice assistants walk younger children through things like brushing their teeth or making their beds.
Protect Your Home and Family
Many families rely on smart home technology the most in their security systems. Home security automation can allow you to keep track of who enters and leaves your home. Many systems also offer live streams of your home that you can view on your smartphone, allowing you to easily see what your kids are up to when you’re not home. Smart lock technology can allow you to lock your home remotely. This is a great tool to prevent home burglaries, which occur every 13 seconds in the United States. With the doors securely locked, your child can use the stream from video doorbells to see who is at the door before they open it. You can also view this stream on your smartphone and then tell your child how to respond to whoever is at the door.
This is only a short list of the ways you can use smart technology to enrich your family’s life. Smart tech can also monitor the health of your child with wearable gadgets, connect to smart refrigerators that can order groceries and stream music, limit your kids’ screen time, and so much more. Use these tips to start incorporating smart technology into your life and you’ll see a world of possibilities open up.