All work and no play makes dad, well, it probably makes dad cranky and not much fun. Truth is, dads have a lot on their plate as they try to juggle work and quality family time; Even if they work from home. Odds are no matter how well they plan, they’ll inevitably miss their kid’s soccer game or be late for a meeting. If this has happened to you, we have some good news; While there is no magical solution to this age-old dilemma there is a way to level the playing field and help you take back control. How? With our list of 5 Smart Home Devices Every Working Dad Needs.
Home automation is all the rage, with Amazon’s Alexa practically becoming a household name; but did you know that she, along with some other ingenious gadgets, can help you balance work and play? They can, and we are going to tell you how so read on to find out which devices you need and what they can do for you.
The Amazon Echo made our list, but it might not be for the reason you think. You see, among the many impressive skills Alexa possesses, the one that caught our attention is the Notion skill, which allows you to communicate with your email.
The ability to read, send, delete and prioritize work emails without using your hands is as close to magic as it gets. It means you can rock your fussy newborn while going through messages or play Lego’s with your 3-year old without having to stop and shoot off a quick email.
Alexa can also give you Flash Briefings every morning on the latest news while you get dressed for work, track your schedule using the calendar so you don’t miss a meeting or school play and wake you up from a quick power nap with the alarm feature.
And if that wasn’t enough, she can also keep your little ones entertained, playing music or games for those times when you need a few minutes to get things done. Or just catch your breath.
I could go on, as there is a lot more she can do, like control your smart bulbs, but these features alone are reason enough for dad to grab one of these devices. Oh, and at a price of under $100 it’s a steal.
Ero Home WiFi System
One way for dad to maximize his time is to get some work done at home, whether it’s early in the morning before everyone wakes up or in the middle of a Saturday afternoon while the kids are playing video games or napping. Which means he means a quality Wi-Fi system like this one from Ero, which can handle multiple users without slowing down, buffering or crashing.
The Ero system is a gem, with a router and 3 nodes, or mini routers that you can place around the house to ensure you get a strong signal wherever you are. So dad, you can type while your up in your office or down in your man cave and get your work done quicker, leaving you more time with family and friends.
Amazon Key In-Home System
With Amazon’s In-Home Key system you can have packages delivered and left inside your home, so you’ll never miss a package or have it stolen. It also frees you up to take the kids for a walk instead of being stuck indoors waiting or take a run to the office without wondering if you’re package has arrived.
Delivery guys get a 1-time code to access your home and you can watch through your smartphone as they enter and exit, so it is safe and secure.
Netgear Arlo Q Outdoor Security Camera
A security camera you can access and control from your smartphone or tablet gives you peace of mind when your home or at work. With the Arlo Q, you get free lifetime Cloud access, excellent motion detectors and night vision, so you can see what is happening day or night, indoors and out.
With this camera you can keep an eye on younger kids as they play in the yard or watch your teens at home while you’re at work. Sorry kids, no crazy parties while dad’s out and about. Even better, you can check in on a sleeping baby without having to move from your desk and without worrying about waking them.
The Arlo Q can stream live video, you can access video from the week, and it keeps you in constant communication. Best of all, it gives you a sense of safety, so you can concentrate on your work.
I know what you’re thinking: how can a smart light bulb help me? Believe it or not, if you’re a dad with little ones who works from home, it can. Having a light you can turn on and off without using your hands means you can get your baby to sleep without disturbing them. Anyone who has had a child fall asleep on them, or who was too afraid to enter a sleeping child’s room because they thought it would wake them knows exactly how awesome this is.
The Philips Hue light system is easy to connect and use; she even pairs with the Echo, so you can check emails and then have Alexa turn on the lights. After all, a sleeping baby means you have more time to get some work done!
As you can see, these 5 Smart Home Devices are a dream for working dads everywhere. They help make the routine of everyday life easier, so he can spend more time with his family and loved ones. Whether you invest in one of them or all of them, just know the real investment your making is to your family. And you can’t put a price tag on that.