There is a strong movement to gamify life’s less enjoyable tasks, and nobody will filter out things they don’t want to do like your kids. Making life’s small tasks more fun might motivate them to get them done and using apps that are designed to turn these tasks into a game can be one of those ways. Let’s have a look at a few options for apps to help your kids remember to do their chores.
Managing Their Allowance
Linking actual monetary or other values to chores will quickly demonstrate to your kids not only what they’d be losing if they don’t complete a chore, but also start to instill the value of money into their understanding. If they have to earn their allowance by completing tasks, they’ll realize that earning money takes time and effort and it will put into perspective that this money has value. Apps like ChoreMonster and OurHome are excellent at this reward-for-chores method.
Tracking Their Chores
S’moresUp is our pick for the gold standard in chore tracking. It allows you to set daily, weekly, and one-off chores and link them to rewards. It also features a calendar baked in so you can arrange playdates with their friends. You can set longer-term goals too if there are bigger things you want your kids to accomplish. Your kids can then use the app to mark when they have completed a task and keep track of their own earnings and how much they might have lost by forgetting or not doing specific tasks. It’s bright, fun, and colorful.
For older kids, services like GoHenry, which actually gives them a prepaid Visa debit card might be worth looking at. You can give your kids jobs around the house and assign cash values to them, which is then loaded to this card. You can also set savings goals, which lets you control how the card’sbalance can be spent and used.
Turning Chores into a Game
Parents of a certain age might remember toys like the Tamagotchi and other virtual pets that required attention and looking after to keep alive and healthy. Modern-day versions of these can help with your kids’ hygiene and our favorite is My Virtual Tooth. It’s a virtual pet app with a dental spin, which encourages good dental hygiene to keep your virtual tooth strong and healthy. It has a tooth-brushing timer and other useful features to encourage your kids to put those toothbrush bristles to work. After all, the research and technology that goes into creating effective dental hygiene products by companies like Team Technologies Inc will surprise you.
I’m sure you can immediately see the value in some of these apps and how your kids might respond positively to them. Simply being able to represent in a monetary value what they’ll be getting out of brushing their teeth or taking out the trash might be enough to get them to do it without being reminded. Using technology to make like easier every day should never be ignored.