Helpful Software and Systems – Excerpt – A-Z Guide to Cooperative Parenting


“Family Wizard”

In this book I addressed techniques which help limit your interaction with your ex while promoting neutral forums to exchange information concerning the child.  The Family Wizard software program provides an effective manner and means by which you can communicate with someone you chose to divorce.   Family Wizard works similarly to some of the functions you may already know that are contained in Microsoft Office.

You and your ex simply open an account, share information and communicate through a Family Wizard portal on all matters concerning your child.  Family Wizard will help you post important events on your joint calendar as to sporting events or medical appointments for your child.   Your ex is notified of your entries and is able to log on without the need for further interaction.  Family Wizard is not free but is a service that is provided at relatively low cost.   Make sure when you create your account that you also receive The Family Wizard app that is available for smart phones.




I also wanted to make you aware of applications that help a parent interact with their child when they are not physically inside their own home.  It is my hope that these advances in technology will further limit conflict between parties as they now provide direct means of communication between children and parent’s.  My favorites: 

Chatty Kidz

Chatty Kidz is an app that originally was designed that allows Grandparent’s the ability read to their young grandchildren wherever they may be.  Chatty Kidz was in fact created so grandparents could help keep their grandchildren’s attention while their parent’s cooked dinner or attended to other house duties.

Chatty Kidz is simply fantastic for divorce parents who want to have frequent and constant interaction with their young children.  With the Chatty Kidz app you have the ability to read a book with your child on line, and the child will be able to follow you, and your child will read on as you turn the book page by page.  The child clearly benefits from having a continued relationship with both parent’s wherever they actually physically may be.  The child will undoubtedly have less stress of wondering when dad will be seeing them when they can go on line and have Dad read them a book. 

Microsoft One Note

Microsoft One Note allows for people to work on a project together regardless of their location.   One such project that can be worked on with Microsoft one note would be a child’s homework assignment.  One obvious benefit to having Microsoft one at both parent’s homes is that the party in possession of the child may be busy with other duties and need help in assisting this particular child with their homework project.  The other benefit is that it allows a parent the ability to interact with their child when it is not otherwise their respective periods of possession. 

Xbox One/Skype/SkyDrive

Xbox one delivers the perfect forum from which you can communicate with your child via Skype when they are away from your home.  With the new gaming consul, Microsoft is allowing you the capability of playing with your child on-line while skyping with him at the same time.  The Kinect vision feature of Xbox one consul also allows you to follow a moving child as they move across the room while they are talking with you.    

You can also install SkyDrive on your Xbox which will allow you to share photos and music with your children.  SkyDrive allows you to share documents from one house to another which is helpful in situations when your child forgets to bring their homework\project to your house for the weekend.   The Xbox one, intentionally or not, has created a perfect forum for you to interact with your children when they are away from home.

Matt Sossi

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