Getting kids to do chores can be more work than doing the work yourself, but chores teach kids responsibility and the meaning of being part of a family.
I’ve used kid’s chore lists, and kid’s chore charts, and while they work at first, they both have died the death of neglect.
Now there are a number of apps designed to make kids chores fun. If they work, I’d say these apps are designed as a mother’s helper, and I’m willing to give them a try. Each offer something a little different.
iReward Chart: You can try this app on your computer before you buy it to see if it is what you’re looking for. It rewards your kids with virtual gold stars and is available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. (Cost: $3.99)
iChores: This one deals with allowance, and tracks what kids have earned. It teaches kids good money habits in relation to chores and is available for your connected Android device. (Cost: $.99)
Chore Hero: This is a great app for keeping track of whose turn it is for a certain chore. It assigns points for chores, and can make chores competitive. Chore Hero is available through iTunes. (Cost: $2.99)
Epic Win: Epic Win turns chores into a role playing game by turning chores into quests with rewards like experience points, leveling up, and loot for completed chores. This app is developed by Rexbox and SuperMono, and truthfully, this is one app that can help adults get things crossed off their chore list, too. This is an iPhone app. (Cost: $2.99)
Chore Master: This is a free app, but comes with advertisements and less functionality that Chore Master Pro, which has unlimited multiple profiles, chore history, and a household leaderboard. It tracks everything from homework to exercise workouts. (Chore Master Pro costs $4.00)
Research shows kids who help with household tasks starting as young as 3 or 4 years old are more likely to succeed in adulthood. These apps might make it a little more fun.