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Hello, and thank you for stopping by. I'm a mother of two, passionate about parenting, education and technology. Founded in November 2011, Windows Phone Parent is the one and only site dedicated to reviewing and promoting family-friendly Windows Phone applications from a parent perspective. I hope you enjoy my reviews and news as much as I do!

Trick or Treat? Here is our Halloween treat!

Every year for Halloween Windows Phone Parent is determined to do something special for their followers. Last year, we released a Halloween greeting video called A Special Message from Jack The Talking Pumpkin where we featured Windows Phone Halloween apps.

This year, we decided to do something even more special, as we thought of giving all our parents and young Windows Phone fans a treat. This treat is not eatable or chewable but it is readable! Get your Halloween bag ready and download our adorable e-book app called The Three Vampires. We wanted to give all our parents with early readers a special Halloween moment where they can share a very spooky yet sweet story inspired by the famous tale: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Download it today and read along to your child while they discover the illustrations as they tap on highlighted words in the story. This app was specially designed for all our followers and it is for free with no ads. It already has high ratings and great positive feedback on the Windows Phone App Store: “My three year old won’t put it down. I read it to him once and now he makes up his own story every time.

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If you are looking for more Halloween apps, don’t forget to also download our App Discovery by Windows Phone Parent where you can find more Halloween Windows Phone apps for kids of all ages.

For more information about WindowsPhoneParent.com, visit our website (http://www.windowsphoneparent.com ), like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WindowsPhoneParent), follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/WPParent ), or email us at [email protected].

Best Apps for Kids and Parents

About Windows Phone Parent
Windows Phone Parent was conceived in September 2011 by Sandra Sears, a mom with a technology and education background, with the goal of assisting parents in finding quality entertainment and education apps on their Windows Phone. Originally envisioned as a simple website with a limited number of app reviews, the project has expanded into a comprehensive app catalog featured on the web, social networks and WP apps for English- and Spanish-speaking markets. Windows Phone Parent hopes to raise the bar with regard to developing Windows Phone applications for children and parents and to give a voice to parents in their development. The Windows Phone Parent website was officially launched on November 8, 2011, and its app was officially launched a year later on November 8, 2012.

Let your little Picassos express themselves with your Windows Phone!

At Windows Phone Parent we are committed to helping parents find amazing applications for their Windows Phones. Our latest app review outlines the good and bad of Toddler Paint, an app made by a parent after realizing that many of the drawing apps in the App Store do not fulfill the needs of a very special group of Windows Phone users: toddlers (children from 18 months to 3 years of age).

If you have a little one that loves to draw with lots of colors, take a look at Toddler Paint.

Now without further ado, here is our app review:

Toddler Paint

The Bottom Line:

Toddler-friendly drawing app with a color picker right beside the canvas and easy settings to change the brush size and canvas color.

The Good:

  • Thoughtful settings – The app has simple, thoughtful options that allow kids to easily clear the screen, toggle the canvas color, and adjust the brush size according to their artistic abilities.
  • Ability to save the masterpiece – The app allows you to save your little one’s masterpiece to your phone so you can save it for prosperity or share it with the world.
  • Free with ad support or paid without ads – This app has an ad-supported free version and an ad-free paid version, which in our opinion is totally worth it if your toddler likes to paint!

The Bad:

  • No multi-touch support – Multi-touch support is a must in any toddler app. Unfortunately, Toddler Paint does not offer it, so painting can be difficult for little ones that don’t know how to hold the phone without touching the screen.
  • Room for improvement: Color picker for parents to set up – It would be great if parents could choose the colors that go on each of the 10 spots in the color picker, as some kids prefer to use only certain colors. This, of course, would be something parents would have to adjust, just like the brush thickness.

The Ugly:

  • We could not find anything ugly about this delightful app. If you discover something new or something that could be improved with this app, please leave a comment and we will consider adding it to this post.

The Amazing:

  • Truly made for toddler – The developer was inspired by his son, and it is very obvious to us that he has designed this app for users 18 months to 3 years of age. The app is very simple to use and it provides all the necessary controls for very small children to allow them to just concentrate on painting, not on complicated settings.

Make sure to download Sansu from the Windows Phone App Store today!

Best Apps for Kids and Parents

About Windows Phone Parent

Windows Phone Parent
was conceived in September 2011 by Sandra and Patrick Sears, a couple with a technology and education background, with the goal of assisting parents in finding quality entertainment and education apps on their Windows Phone. Originally envisioned as a simple website with a limited number of app reviews, the project has expanded into a comprehensive app catalog featured on the web, social networks and WP apps for English- and Spanish-speaking markets. Windows Phone Parent hopes to raise the bar with regard to developing Windows Phone applications for children and parents and to give a voice to parents in their development. The Windows Phone Parent website was officially launched on November 8, 2011, and its app was officially launched a year later on November 8, 2012.

Are You Ready for A Fun Math Challenge on Your Windows Phone?

Check out our latest app review! The name of the game is Sansu and we are happy to give it 4.5 stars: it is a fun, challenging, well-designed math board game for Windows Phone!

The Bottom Line:

Select up to five numbers to combine with any of the four basic operations (+, -, x , ÷) so that they first numbers equal the last number.

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Easy-to-use Windows Phone app for tracking baby’s daily activities, medical history, and more.

Our team at WindowsPhoneParent.com would like to share with the WMPoweruser community our latest app review.

ParentAssist App Review

The Good:

  • Comprehensive selection of daily activities – This app tracks all of your baby’s important activities/histories: feeding schedules (breast milk, formula, solid food), diaper changes, sleep patterns (naps, overnight), doctor visits, illnesses, vaccinations, allergies, and medications. It also helps nursing mothers monitor pumping sessions, making it easy to record the time and duration of pumping as well as the amount of milk expressed. Detailed reports, charts, and journals of all the information provided are automatically created for you.
  • Different units of measurement available – Record data in imperial or metric units, and easily shift from one system to another whenever you need to. No manual conversion required!
  • Multitasking on your phone made easy – The app flawlessly works in the background, so switching back and forth between apps is fine even as you record the duration of your child’s sleep or your breast-pumping session. Its Live Tile even shows a reminder that the timer’s running, which fully takes advantage of Windows Phone’s unique Start screen.
  • Full-version trial for an entire week! – Unlike similar downloads on the Windows Phone App Store, this app allows you to try out all of its wonderful features for seven whole days, which is plenty of time for parents to determine whether it’s worth buying or not. In our opinion, it’s totally worth it!

The Bad:

  • Very basic Medicine Cabinet feature - The app does a great job recording drug names and expiration dates, but it would be even better if it could also record the required dosage, frequency, and duration or allow parents to set up alarms that help them remember when they should administer medications to their children.
  • Missing labels in Activity Summary when Light background theme is selected - The app’s useful Activity Summary gives you a quick overview of all your recorded activities; however, when your phone’s background is set to Light, it’s impossible to distinguish which columns are for which activity, as labels are nowhere to be found on the report, which can be very confusing for new users.
  • Room for improvement: Option to print reports and pin activities to the Start screen - It would be great if users can pin their favourite activities to the Start screen, specially for users that focus on only one or two particular activities. It would also be nice if the detailed reports could be printed out to give to doctors or anybody else that needs to know the child’s history, schedules, etc.

The Ugly:

  • We could not find anything ugly about this delightful app. If you discover something new or something that could be improved with this app, please leave a comment and we will consider adding it to this post.

The Amazing:

  • Easy sign-up and overall user-friendliness – You need to create an account to use the app, but you can simply sign in with your Microsoft, Gmail, Yahoo, or Facebook account instead of having to come up with a new username and password. You can also create multiple profiles if you have more than one child, and when creating a profile, you can enter just the information you have handy—no required fields to fill out. The app makes signing up as painless as possible and even guides you through the process with helpful pop-ups!
  • Automatic backup and synchronization – The most remarkable thing about this app is it backs up and synchronizes your data across other Windows Phone devices. This means that other people, such as your spouse, can stay updated on your child’s day-to-day activities simply by accessing the same account and that you can format your Windows Phone whenever you need to without losing your data.

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Windows Phone Parent Helps Thousands of Parents Find the Perfect Windows Phone Apps for Their Kids

Windows Phone ParentWindows Phone Parent is a website dedicated to  “helping parents discover amazing Windows Phone apps” and are now celebrating their first full year of operation.

The Windows Phone app review website emerged when a Windows Phone fan, a mother of two, tried to find high quality Windows Phone apps for her kids and herself in the Windows Phone App Store, which now contains almost 120,000 applications, but offers only basic app discovery features.

Initially her idea was to simply catalog a few kid’s apps and to write app reviews once in a while, but the project has taken on a life of its own. In the past year, Windows Phone Parent has not only catalogued almost 200 family-friendly apps and published more than 50 app reviews, but has also launched Familia Windows Phone to promote Windows Phone apps to the 17 Spanish-speaking markets available in the Windows Phone App Store. They have also produced many promotional videos featuring animated characters made using Windows Phone applications, launched a beta version their app and gained more than 1000 followers across their various Social Networks.

Sandra Sears, a user experience professional with a background in education and Co-founder of Windows Phone Parent, has collaborated with Windows Phone app developers from all over the world, providing feedback on how to improve their Windows Phone applications on the areas of usability, Metro design implementation and educational value. Many developers have benefited from Windows Phone Parent app promotion as well. Suzanne, a developer in the United States, reported a 66% increase in her app usage over a period of 70 days after her app was added to the Windows Phone Parent catalog. Rene, a developer in Germany, reported how his app downloads tripled for the week after his app was included in a seasonal app special that included a video promotion and a top-ten countdown list.

On the eve of its first anniversary, Windows Phone Parent has officially launched its first two apps in the Windows Phone App Store: App Discovery by Windows Phone Parent and Buscador de App por Familia Windows Phone. Sandra and Patrick Sears, Windows Phone Parent founders, hope to provide an easier way for parents to find apps on the go, to expand their support to the development community in the English and Spanish speaking markets and to continue to be an integral part of the Windows Phone ecosystem as parents, fans and developers.

Windows Phone Parent plans to release another discovery app just for kids in the near future. The app, designed around the new Windows Phone 8 Kid’s Corner, will aim to enable children to safely find their own apps and allow parents to set up filters on the types of app suggested to their kids based on their age and interests.

Sandra adds, “The main idea of this app is to make kids participants of their app discovery experience in a safe and fun way and to help them populate their Kid’s Corner with apps they have found themselves and parents have approved.”

For more information about WindowsPhoneParent.com, visit their website (http://www.windowsphoneparent.com ), like them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WindowsPhoneParent), follow them on Twitter (http://twitter.com/WPParent ), or email them at [email protected].

About Windows Phone Parent
Windows Phone Parent was conceived in September 2011 by Sandra and Patrick Sears, a couple with a technology and education background, with the goal of assisting parents in finding quality entertainment and education apps on their Windows Phone. Originally envisioned as a simple website with a limited number of app reviews, the project has expanded into a comprehensive app catalog featured on the web, social networks and WP apps for English- and Spanish-speaking markets. Windows Phone Parent hopes to raise the bar with regard to developing Windows Phone applications for children and parents and to give a voice to parents in their development. The Windows Phone Parent website was officially launched on November 8, 2011, and its app was officially launched a year later on November 8, 2012.

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Sandra Sears
WindowsPhoneParent.com
Email: [email protected]