If there’s one thing we can be grateful for living in 2017, it’s how technology has helped us along the journey of motherhood. Whether we regularly consult discussion boards and Facebook groups of mums with children of similar ages or use breastfeeding apps to record when our baby’s last feed was, things have certainly changed a lot since the olden days.
Thanks to a few savvy mothers out there, we now have even more reason to celebrate technology with the latest apps and websites designed to help Aussie mums. We’ve uncovered some of the hottest trends for you to get involved in and how they can make your life just that little bit easier as a mum.
Marketplace for Work-Life Balance Jobs
Many people believe that to become a mother means to give up on your career, and that’s exactly the misconception that two Aussie friends hoped to bust when they created the job marketplace called Beam. Beam was made for women looking to put their professional skills to good use and get more of a work-life balance than they had before.
The Beam marketplace sources part-time jobs around Australia that are capped at four days a week and those which work in with school hours and other responsibilities that mothers have. They vet their talent to ensure candidates have years of professional experience, so it’s a bonus for both employers and hopeful employees. As the two women suffered for years trying to find jobs that offer the flexibility to be both a mother and a career woman, they know exactly what’s important for mothers looking to rejoin the workforce.
Technological Life Support
You’ve heard of tech support before, but iTandCoffee is tech support with a twist. A Glen Iris mother created the iTandCoffee business as a way to teach those out there with limited knowledge a little more about technology in the modern age. iTandCoffee specialises in things like cyber safety for kids, learning how to work your new smartphone, and how to avoid online scams.
It seems that every day there’s some new technology out there, and before we know it, our generation will be the elderly ones who are seemingly behind with the times. iTandCoffee has been designed to keep you in the loop with important information about technology and how it can affect you and your family, without making you feel as though they’re speaking another language.
Tinder for Mums
For some women, there’s nothing more isolating than becoming a mother, as it seems your entire life now revolves around this new baby, making you like a prisoner in your own home. If you don’t have any friends with babies, then it can be even more isolating, and you might feel as though you’ll never make a new friend again.
Two Australian women have bought an initiative from the UK to Australia which hopes to put an end to all of this, and they’re likening it to a ‘Tinder for mums’. The Mush Australia app allows you to connect to women nearby and of similar interests so that you can expand your network and grow the village that you so sorely need as a mother. Whether you just want to talk to someone over coffee and get out of the house or need someone to drop off a carton of milk because you can’t leave the house, this app has been designed to put you in touch with a network of women who work together to help each other.
Embracing Technology and Motherhood
These days it seems that we’re too obsessed with hating on technology, and those on smartphones and social media are shamed rather than congratulated for reaching out. With more and more inventions like this that serve a genuine purpose in life, we’re sure to see even more innovative releases in the coming years.
There are so many things that we might feel embarrassed to say and ashamed to admit, such as feeling lonely through the day or not understanding how to work the latest smartphone device we have, and these simple innovations are here to change that.
Whether you’re looking for a new job that suits your new role as a mother, or just want to make some new friends you can relate to, you can now do it all with the click of a button.
The mixture of motherhood and technology is definitely one you can use to your advantage, so don’t be afraid to check out the other ways it can help you along the way.