CINCINNATI - Parents often resort to nagging, lecturing, or even bribing their kids to clean up the house. App developer Chris Bergman remembers complaining about chores.
"I was constantly getting in trouble. There was a huge tension point in our home because of these chore things."
Bergman didn't want his kids to go through the same thing, so he and his friend Paul Armstrong came up with the idea for the app ChoreMonster -- a mobile app to make chores fun and interactive.
The more chores kids do, the more rewards and games they can earn.
"Kids gain points which they turn in for real life rewards like an hour of Xbox, TV, a canoe trip. Really whatever the parent wants to give their child as a reward," Bergman explained.
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The app is simple to use:
1) Get your daily routine started by setting up your household helper and assigning kids chores on ChoreMonster.
2) Have your kids log into ChoreMonster to check their assignment for the day.
3) Parents sign-in to see if their youngster finished their homework.
4) If it's mission accomplished, mom or dad adds rewards to the digital toy box.
"Our 4-year-old is just getting into it. I was downstairs last night and he got a monster. I heard him scream like getting all excited like 'Yeah!!' I'm like that's a pretty good reaction from something I did," Armstrong said with a laugh.
Many fans of the app say is working.
"Day one of using @ChoreMonster and the kids were pumped...woke up early to log on and asked for more chores when I tucked them in," the parent wrote to the app makers.
ChoreMonster is just one of a whole list of Web, iPad, and Android applications that are making the old refrigerator graphs and gold stars so 2010.
I-Reward Chart is a three-time winner of MacWorld's Best Parenting app award. It encourages positive behaviors such as saying "please" and "thank you."
Chore Hero adds excitement to the mix by randomly delegating assignments. If your teen trash talks taking out the garbage, maybe tomorrow's draw will deal him the laundry assignment.
Subscriptions for chore cheerleaders range from no cost to about $50 a year.
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