Photo credit: Phil Dragash / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA One of the most common feature requests or changes we have heard since ChoreMonster started, and that we continue to hear, is one that we will not change. I know, that sounds a little stubborn, if there are enough people asking for a feature change, we should listen and maybe make an adjustment, right? The request sounds simple enough, and can usually be boiled down to the following: “If my child does something wrong, how can I take their ChoreMonster points away?” In the past, I’ve written about Using ChoreMonster As A Bribe and When Chores Are The Law. Both of those posts touch on a theme that I’m going to tackle today as well. The importance of positive reinforcement. That is a big part of what ChoreMonster is about. We want your home to function better as a result of …

 

Reading to our kids before bed has been nearly a 16 year tradition in our home. While our oldest two are getting beyond the reach of our bedtime tradition we thankfully have a 5 year old who still loves when we read to him. To introduce a new book into our routine (because he’s 5 and sometimes he just doesn’t want a new story), we leave it on a coffee table for him to open and explore. So when we left “The Rhino Who Swallowed A Storm” (written by Levar Burton), he immediately made comments and observations — “Why is he (Rhino) crying?”, “Why are there all these clouds?” — and we knew he’d be ready and excited to read the book. The story begins with a father and daughter mouse, hiding indoors from a storm. The little mouse, Mica, is afraid of the storm because a hurricane had recently …

 

Photo credit: terren in Virginia / Foter / CC BY With the fall season in full swing, we thought it would be helpful to list some Fall related chores to add to ChoreMonster for your little monsters. A list like this can be helpful for you if you’re looking to mix things up and stay fresh with your chore routines, and sometimes it can even remind you that you need to do the chores to begin with! Here are 5 fall chores to remember this season. 1.Rake The Leaves: It’s the most obvious chore but it needs regular attention if you live in an area with mature trees. One day you’ll wake up and see a few leaves on the ground and then you’ll blink and they’ll be past your ankles. 2.Patio / Deck furniture chores: If you have bigger kids, they can help store the furniture you keep indoors …

 

Photo credit: Dani_vr / Foter / CC BY-SA This guest post is from Carrie Southworth, mother of two and co-founder of Twigtale. Twigtale has over 40 personalized books that help parents and kids navigate common transitions. Whether welcoming a new baby, moving homes, starting school, or even explaining divorce or cancer – Twigtale books are scripted by child development experts and personalized by you. As a parent, I often think I can help my child better than anyone else. But recently I was reminded that great ideas can come from anyone who loves and cherishes your child.You see, my 4 year-old daughter Savannah had been having trouble with nightmares. Nothing too extreme. Just the occasional middle of the night wake-up, cry-fest. We would go in, help comfort her, and she’d go back to sleep. But then all she wanted to talk about were nightmares. ALL day, EVERY day. I’d tell …

 

Photo credit: mostly.unoriginal / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND It sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Sweeping the floor. But the truth is, this fairly simple household chore actually requires instruction and some patience as you are teaching it to your kids. If you really think about it, someone actually took the time to show you the proper way to sweep at some point, and you should pass that seemingly basic knowledge to your children. Again, sweeping is easy, and the truth is, it’s downright essential if you’re attempting to keep your home clean. In a room like your kitchen, where you’re cooking, the kids are grabbing snacks and munching on them while crumbs inevitably tumble onto the ground. We’ve all pulled out the broom and dustpan and collected a pile of discarded junk that is almost embarrassing. I know how to sweep and have known how forever. I think I watched …

 

Because I Said So!

Joe September 9, 2014

Photo credit: jasonbolonski / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Back in May I wrote about positive reinforcement in the home and how important it can be. I have some additional thoughts today in the same vein, but with some different specifics in mind. I ran across an article recently that really got me thinking about a subject I’ve personally debated before in my own home, especially before something like ChoreMonster was an option. That issue is allowance (or rewards) for chores vs. just making your kids do stuff because they live in your house. Here is the post, it’s not crazy and some good points are brought forward. Here is an excerpt. Anyway, I ended up deciding the whole concept of giving my kids money when I already buy all their stuff was pretty much bull****. Plus, I was fed up with having a reward …

 

It’s been awhile since you had the opportunity to meet a new ChoreMonster team member, but the wait is over. The team continues to grow and one of the latest additions is Developer Joshua Rose. Get to know him a little better below. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Josh. I’ve been building software for about 10 years, mostly in the corporate world. For me programming started with Legos when I was a kid and evolved into an obsession with building awesome things. I grew up in Lebanon, Ohio and studied computer science at Miami University. I married the greatest woman in the universe and have two super heroic dogs at home, I like to spend time in nature and working with dogs when I have free time. How did you get hooked up with Chore Monster? I spent 12 weeks with Ben Stafford at a Ruby on Rails …

 

Photo credit: fd / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) It’s officially Back To School season for most households and one of the things that comes along with it for most parents is the chore of packing a school lunch for your kids. You might have picky kids who refuse to eat a long list of items, you might have kids who seem to eat so much that you can’t put enough food in their lunchbox or you might have kids who bring home half of the lunch you packed them every day. Or you might have one of each, or another type of kid entirely. The point is, pleasing your kids at lunchtime isn’t easy but it’s got to be better than letting them buy what the school is slinging out every day, right? Here are five great school lunch ideas we found on the …

 

Photo credit: demandaj / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) I know that a good amount of the parents that read this blog have younger kids. Kids that are enjoying ChoreMonster and parents that are happy to have some additional organization and peace in their homes. It’s really amazing and that will continue to be what you see here on a regular basis. But today, I’m taking a small detour into the world of parenting teenagers, because I have two teenage boys in my house right now and well, it’s a learning experience every day. The Stress Tradeoff I read somewhere that parenting stresses when you have small children are mostly physical. With smaller kids you often have to either constantly keep your eye on them or physically carry them around on a regular basis. You also sacrifice sleep on many nights with babies and toddlers …

 

In April, we launched ChoreMonster 2.0, adding lots of new features that parents have been asking for. Well, we’ve been busy. Today, we’re launching ChoreMonster for Android and Kindle Fire. What does it mean?! Everything about ChoreMonster, including all of the new features that added in ChoreMonster 2.0, is now available for your Samsung Galaxy S 4, 5, 12, HTC One, 2, 7, Nexus 7, Kindle Fires, and loads of other Android thingies. A lot of them, really, and we’ll be adding support for more of them in the coming weeks, so if your device isn’t supported now, keep an eye out–we won’t sleep until we support as many as possible! Well, we’ll sleep, but not as much as usual. Download ChoreMonster at Google Play Download ChoreMonster at Amazon Appstore Go ahead… do it!