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!

 

Photo credit: Shenghung Lin / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) It’s the middle of summer and we hope your home is in a really good groove with chores and rewards. But it never hurts to help motivate your kids with some new reward ideas. Here are six reward ideas that we think are really great, and your kids might agree. Nerf Super Soaker Freezefire Blaster When it gets really hot outside, and there isn’t a pool around, a nice super soaker fight can be the perfect thing to cool off your kids and give them something fun to do. And the Freezefire looks awesome! Wham-o Slip N Slide Hydroplane Double With 2 Slide Boogies Speaking of cooling off on a hot day, how about the classic Slip N Slide? You might have even grown up with a set like this, ready to help provide hours …

 

Photo credit: Lotus Carroll / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) It’s summertime and in most cities, the heat is starting to really get cranked up. The kids are home for most, if not all, of the day, and if your family is like mine, there are several lulls in your average day that require a little bit of creativity to get through smoothly. So today, we thought it would be fun to recommend five different treats you can make with your kids that don’t require too much cost or energy to pull off, courtesy of some great bloggers across the web. Here they are! 1) 4th Of July Pudding Pops: We Made That provides a great treat for a hot day, that also happens to be pretty patriotic! These pudding pops look pretty easy to make and are sure to be a big hit with …

 

For many parents, summer is well underway and you are dealing with a new challenge when it comes to your household chores. In the past, I’ve recommended lots of ways to incorporate ChoreMonster into your summer routine, but today, I have a different suggestion. Give your kids free ChoreMonster points. That’s right, do it. The reason? There doesn’t have to be one, but if you want, just think of something encouraging. You can tell them great job in school this year or that you’ve noticed how well they play with their siblings. Whatever it is, it’s as good a time as any to give them a point boost, which is easy to do using your parent login. One of the reasons I’m recommending this is because I think that it’s easy for those of us that are hardcore ChoreMonster parents to begin to quantify EVERYTHING in ChoreMonster points. You get …

 

This year for Fathers Day, we thought it would be great to talk to the Dads at ChoreMonster about what it means to be a Dad, and some of their experiences being a Father. We hope you enjoy some of the reflections the ChoreMonster Dads make in the video and have a great Fathers Day. ChoreMonster Dads on being a Dad from ChoreMonster on Vimeo.

 

When you were growing up, chances are your Dad or Mom modeled hard work for you in some way. You might not have understood it as a child, but the older you got, the more you realized that they not only had a job to do away from the house each day, but made sure the house functioned inside as well. Our kids usually don’t get to see how hard we work at our jobs (and may not be impressed if they knew we looked at a computer screen all day,) but they do get to see what we model when we are at home. Part of the reason I’m discussing this topic is because of a recent story I read about Father’s modeling hard work around the house for their daughters. The study, to be published in the journal Psychological Science, found that fathers who perform household chores are …

 

Meet the Tudor family. How did you find ChoreMonster? We heard about Choremonster from a friend at work who began using it for her young children earlier this year. My sons; Miles, 11 and Mason, 9 had a list of weekly chores each Saturday to choose from and completed their chores to earn their weekly allowance. Choremoster allows them to keep track of their jobs on their favorite electronic device as well as play the Carnival games for fun monsters and other silly “parting gifts”. How does your family use ChoreMonster? They have daily tasks, like completing their homework, setting the dinner table and unloading the dishwasher as well as weekly chores like vacuuming, cleaning the bathrooms and taking out the trash. Every month, we have a surprise double point weekend and have awarded lots of reward points for extra chores completed! What do you love most about ChoreMonster? I …

 

Photo credit: NickNguyen / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) One thing we hear from time to time at ChoreMonster when explaining our product is ‘Well, I shouldn’t have to bribe my kids to do housework.’ I get it, I’ve felt this way personally at times when it comes to my kids and their role in our home. After all, we give them shelter, food, clothing and of course love. Shouldn’t they do some stuff around the house without the promise of reward points? The answer isn’t as easy as you think, but I’ll tell you one thing, rewards are not bribes, at least they shouldn’t be. When you reward your kids for cleaning their room with some ChoreMonster points, it should be motivating. When you reward your kids with ChoreMonster points for helping to clean out the garage, it should also carry with it the …

 

Photo credit: woodleywonderworks / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Life is tough, parenting is tougher. And having teenagers might be the toughest. Well, I can say that in my own experience at least. Lately, having boys ages 16 and 13 has been more than most of us bargained for or expected, and it brings about a wide range of emotional responses. When your kids mess up, I think one of the first things we do is blame ourselves. We think, ‘what could we have done as parents to prevent this from happening’ or ‘this must be the result of me being a bad parent in some way.’ Even if there isn’t much justification for feeling this way, it’s normal and isn’t easy to deal with. And part of the cycle can also include how you think other parents perceive you. If your kid gets in …

 

This week, while bouncing around the web from site to site, I ran across an interesting news item. The story is about how in Spain, children being required to do chores may soon be passed into law. Here is the gist of what I’m referencing, from the article. The measure, which would be part of a wider child protection law, says that children under the age of 18 have an obligation to participate in all areas of family life. That includes “co-responsibility in caring for the home and performing household tasks regardless of age and gender.” The rules come under a section of the law called “the rights and duties of children”. Along with doing chores, children would also have to be respectful to their parents and teachers, and have a positive attitude towards learning. I don’t know about you, but this leaves me quite conflicted personally. On one side …