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!

 

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 …