Balancing a busy work schedule with even busier family life is difficult for even the most experienced parent. Luckily, there is a myriad of home automation options that will help you keep your kids safe, secure, and happy.
One of the hottest trends in home automation today is the video doorbell. As Rod Pettingill, Campaign Manager at SafeStreets shares, these ingenious devices “allow you to see and communicate with people at your front door using a mobile device from anywhere. This protects you by not having to open the door to your home and gives the appearance of having you there even if you aren’t home.” Some options even come with security monitoring and the ability to lock or unlock doors remotely. All of this sounds great, but it is even better when you consider its impact on the safety and security of your children.
Using this technology, you can answer the door any time there's a visitor, whether you are home or not. Your kids will never have to open the door for a stranger while you're at work, and you won't have to worry about who has visited while you're away. If something seems unusual, you'll be the first to know. This feature also allows you to track of when your kids leave and come home from school, practice, or friends' houses. Many video doorbell companies have also equipped their video doorbells with motion-sensing technology, as well. This means that you monitor your home for visitors, wanted or otherwise, even if nobody is directly ringing the bell.
When looking for a quality doorbell, make sure that you pick a model that is high definition quality and has a night vision option. These options will allow you to keep a clear eye on your kids at any time of the day or night. You can also opt for doorbells that offer a wide-angle view so that you can see more of your home's activity. Additionally, you can have your doorbell hardwired to your home's power grid, so you do not have to monitor battery levels or worry about recharging the devices.
In addition to video doorbells, an automated home can make excellent use of smart locks. With a smart lock, you can control access to your home from anywhere. If your kids forget their house keys, you can easily open the door for them when they arrive home from school. Many smart locks also contain keypads, programmable for specific codes. This feature means you could set up individual codes for each of your children and receive a notification when they arrive home from school, practice, or playdates. Smart locks also enable you to verify that doors are locked and even lock them remotely when your kids forget. If your kids (or your spouse) are especially forgetful, this option will save you a significant amount of time and stress.
Many security services also work alongside doorbells and smart locks to provide even more peace of mind for working parents. Security services often encourage clients to add additional cameras to the inside and outside of the home for increased security and peace of mind. Most people think of how the system can alert authorities by itself in the event of a fire, a break-in, or another potentially dangerous event. However, the cameras for in-home monitoring can offer a broader range of viewing options and may even allow you to talk to your children remotely. This way, you can check in on them and quell any fears or end any sibling fights even if you cannot always physically be present. If you are concerned about your kids being home alone before or after school, it may be a good idea to integrate all these technologies. With a staffed and monitored security service, you can make the most of your home automation and protection.
One of the many challenges that come with parenthood is balancing your home life with your work life. Although this balance is difficult to achieve, home automation technology helps make parenting even more doable. The ability to monitor your children's activity remotely is a big help for parents who cannot always be at home with their children. Utilizing the right combination of automated doorbells, smart locks, and in-home monitoring allows you to give your focus to your job while maintaining the safety of your children.