Ok, I’ll admit it straight away, I am not the most organised of people!! Working full time, whilst having Heidi half of the time means that I struggle to know if I am coming or going!! This is one of the problems separated parents have to deal with as communication is not as easy as when you live together.
I was given the opportunity to review the “Picniic” app, which is a free app, but does have premium features* – to see if it was a way of helping my problem.
What is Picniic?
Picniic is a simple app where you can share photos, have a mutual calendar and have a combined “to do” list. The premium version also allows you to add birthdays and anniversaries into the calendar on a recurring basis, have a meal planner with suggested recipes and a funky family locator section.
However, this video will probably tell you more about the app.
So why is it good?
Quite simply, the app is really easy to use. Yes, you can have a shared calendar on Google, and you can send photos on Whatsapp, and you can send hundreds of text messages reminding the other person to do something.
However, this is all in one place. You can control the information flow into one app which will make things a lot more organised and civil going forward.
Also, the app is so simple to use. I found it hard to break the app to be honest because it is just neat and tidy. It sounds so simple, but it really is!!
One thing that would be especially good for those with younger children is the meal planner, so both parents don’t give their child the same meal on 2 consecutive nights – it sounds so simple, but they are things that can happen now and again!
Why is it not so good?
Firstly, there are some features which is behind a paywall. However, there are no adverts within the app and so it is only fair that the good people at Picniic make a little bit of money!
Secondly, there doesn’t appear to be a way of sharing videos within the app, which might cause a problem. You can happily share photos however
This app seems to do everything that you need it to do, to be able to get yourself organised. Life is hard enough – this app might make it a little bit easier to be separated parents who want to do the best for their child – and that is the only thing that really matters.
* Thanks to the good people at Picniic, if you use the code BLUKLD you can have a 30 day free trial of the product.
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