Generation after generation, parents have been wrangling and nagging kids to do their chores. Over the years, it hasn’t gotten any less tiresome. But thanks to technology, a slew of apps have put a new spin on how to engage your kids and get things done, without going crazy. Here’s a list of top-rated apps that can help keep your kids on task and keep the peace at home.
Named an “App-solute Must Apps for Families in 2017” by Parents Magazine, ChoreMonster engages and rewards your kids to make chores fun. Kids earn points by completing chores assigned by you. They spend their points on rewards — anything from screen time, to ice cream, to a special activity or event.
- Easily create scheduled chores and assign point values
- Easy-to-use tool for kids age 4-12
- Works between split households
- Teaches kids to work together
This app uses a points-and-rewards system, too, but also connects families in other ways. OurHome is a private communications hub, allowing your family to send messages and reminders and add events to the family calendar.
- Assign and schedule tasks and chores
- View progress and activities
- Includes shared grocery list and family calendar
- Send messages and set reminders
3. Chore Pad (iPhone) — $4.99
Ditch the paper chore charts for a customized digital version with Chore Pad. This app uses stars to track when chores are completed. Develop your list of rewards, and assign the number of stars it takes for a payout.
- Easily access each child’s chart from their card at the start screen
- Customize each chart using one of 12 different themes
- See star totals and progress at a glance on the start-up screen
- Bump up or pare down earned stars, based on how well or not-so-well chores are completed
Getting your preschooler to pick up toys, brush their teeth or make their bed can turn into a nag-fest that no one enjoys. Lickety Split is an app that turns daily tasks into a fun, beat-the-clock game. It uses the power of music to motivate young kids, while helping them understand the abstract concept of time. You go from nagging to cheering them on!
- Choose from two timers — Beat the Timer or Countdown — to challenge your child to complete a task
- Accelerated music tempo cues kids that time is running short
- Customize timers or choose from seven preset timers/tasks
iRewardChart goes beyond chore tracking to help you teach virtues you want your child to learn. Whether it’s tasks like cleaning your room or behaviors such as being patient, kids can earn stars for accomplishing tasks or good behavior. You customize the tasks, number of stars and the rewards. The free version supports one child and a maximum of four tasks per week. The pro version allows unlimited kids and tasks.
- Colorful, interactive reward charts with sounds
- Customize rewards for each kid based on what motivates them
- Keep a history of tasks, behaviors and rewards for as long as you want
Homey is another teaching app, helping kids learn about money through doing chores. Show them how money is earned through work — chores they do around the house. Set up responsibilities that aren’t paid to show that everyone needs to contribute to the household.
Homey allows you to take pictures of messes or tasks (feeding the dog, unloading the dishwasher) and assign and track the work. Homey makes dividing and conquering chores a family affair.
- Customize chores and responsibilities with assignments, rewards and due dates
- Set optional rewards for family members to choose from
- Progress bar shows kids how much they’ve earned toward saving for a specific purchase
Ok, now that we have you turning to apps to help with chores? You might want to work on screen time with your kids and we can help!