App rewards children for doing chores

Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:22am EST
 
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By Natasha Baker

TORONTO (Reuters) - Forget bribery, intimidation and threats, a new app is designed to encourage children to do chores by turning the tasks into a game and giving them points when it is completed.

The app called ChoreMonster, available for iOS devices and on the web, aims to make household chores, such as setting the table, feeding the pets or unloading the dishwasher, fun.

"There are usually enough chores in a week to redeem some sort of reward," said Chris Bergman, the founder and CEO of Cincinnati, Ohio-based company ChoreMonster.

The rewards, which are provided by the parents, can range from privileges like sleepovers or a family outing, to video games or a cash allowance.

"It's exactly what you would expect kids would want and also more esoteric rewards," Bergman explained.

Parents assign chores through the app and include the completion dates along with the number of points the child will earn. They also set rewards, including the number needed to receive them.

The child can then log in to their account and review the chores and rewards.

"If rewards aren't enough incentive, the empowerment typically is," said Bergman.   Continued...