Struggling to get your kids to actually do their chores? Welcome to parenthood. If chore-charts and stickers aren’t working for you, you’ll want to read this.
Recently, our oldest daughter participated in Boosterthon to earn money for her school. I’ve never seen her get so excited to support a cause she didn’t immediately benefit from, but she was all-in! So I asked myself, “Why?” Why would this five year old want so desperately to earn pledges that paid based on the number of laps she’d run around a track?
- The goal was well-defined.
- The rewards were motivating to her.
- Both the goal and the rewards were attainable.
In other words, she wanted to succeed because success made sense.
Now, what if I told you that someone took those same principles and turned them into an app to help children and teens achieve their goals at home? It’s true. FamilyTech.com has created a simple, fun app to help your children, teens, and even your spouse complete all those boring, but necessary, tasks.
ChoreMonster.com + Chore Monster App
A well-defined goal will help your child understand what is expected of them. Keep it simple like “put napkins on the table” or “make your bed.” Each chore is given a completion date, so that your children know how soon they’ll need to do the task. You can choose to “auto approve” the chore, which means that as soon as the chore is completed, the reward is issued. Or you can select to manually approve the each chore. In the case of the latter, you’ll receive a notification from Mother Shp (no “i”) that the chore has been finished, but you’ll need to click “approve” on your end before the reward is released on the child or teen interface. Although I like saving time anywhere I can, checking up on a child’s performance demonstrates support, concern, and love. Our kids better understand our expectations when we have the time to create a healthy dialogue about how a chore should be done and how it actually completed. Talking with and encouraging kids is well worth the added minutes of manual approval.
The final feature (and probably the most exciting for your little ones) is the reward assignment. Each chore you create will reward your child with the amount of points determined by you. The points contribute toward a larger prize that will be “unlocked” once they have enough points. One of our clients is rewarding her son with a date to the frozen yogurt shop! Teens might earn a bump in allowance or extra privileges.
Your children can monitor their progress on the kid-side of the app. Login is ridiculously simple (for little people in particular), and ages 3-12 will be able to play games, watch videos, and reveal different monsters as they earn points. The app has the feel of FunBrain.com, but the power of Boosterthon in your living room!
Honey Do App
In conclusion, I’ve been all-around impressed by these FREE apps and our girls (ages 5 and 3) are LOVING it. If you’re struggling to get your child or teen to do their chores, it’s worth checking out. Leave a comment below about your experience.