Ask Dooey: Episode 1

Joe January 30, 2015

Dooey, one of the monsters from Fartopolis, has all kinds of interests and loves new adventures. We asked kids to ask Dooey some questions to get to know him better, find out what he had to say. Dooey has plenty more to say, so get in on our next Ask Dooey video by having your kids send him a question. Just send them to askdooey@choremonster.com.

 

Today’s book review comes to us from ChoreMonster CEO Chris Bergman. Best for reading levels from Preschool to 3rd grade. Why We Picked This Book To Review: I’ve played a ridiculous amount of Warcraft in my life and couldn’t wait to share the universe with my son. Our Review: I’ve spent nearly 20 years in the Warcraft universe that Metzen created. It’s a place that has brought new friendships as well as cemented old ones. This is the theme of “Snow Fight.” It’s about friendship. My son (3) and I have read it at least once a week since it was purchased. It tells a short tale of two friends realizing that a bully should be the third. There’s a genuine arc and character growth in such a short children’s book. Wei Wang’s art meets the high expectations of any of his fans, and Chris does a wonderful job creating …

 

Photo credit: PersonalCreations.com / Foter / CC BY Do you have a Family Night in your home? If so, how often do you have it? Is it planned out or spontaneous? Every family is different and prioritizes this differently based on how busy they already are, ages of the kids, stage of life, and many other things. So regardless of where you are in life, taking the time to have a night where the family is together is a great thing. It can be as interactive as you choose, but just spending intentional time together is something you’ll rarely regret. A BIG obstacle to family, even happening can be money, as most of us tighten things up after the holidays quite a bit. Well, not every family event needs to be expensive, and here are a few examples that you should be able to afford. Board Game Night: Dust off …

 

Photo credit: horizontal.integration / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA You know how it goes, the kids have a long weekend or a holiday break from school and suddenly it’s followed up with a snow day. The schools are closed and your routine is thrown off, so what can you do to keep your kids occupied? It turns out, there are tons of suggestions out there, and of course it would be pretty easy for us to recommend you start making ChoreMonster a habit on your snow day, but we won’t use this space for that recommendation today. Instead, here are five suggestions for you and your kids on their day, or days (if you’re on the east coast right now,) off of school. And because it’s usually obvious, we will leave out playing in the snow, because, you know, it’s obvious. Cook and bake with your kids – We have talked …

 

Photo credit: Big Grey Mare / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND Let’s be honest, Mondays can be difficult. Whether you’re trying to motivate a teenager, or trying to wrangle a handful of toddlers, the start of the week can leave you with a blank feeling sometimes. A great quote can help. It won’t take away your problems, but some can be fantastic reminders about why we do what we do everyday as parents. Here are a few we’ve run across to remind you on this Monday.

 

Today’s book review comes to us from ChoreMonster artist Matthew Swift. The Shy Creatures Great for readers of all ages. Why We Picked This Book To Review: In a world that wants us to “fit in,” David Mack’s lesson on the power of being unique is important for children of all ages. Our Review: Chupacabras, Big Foot, The Loch Ness Monster – Perhaps you’ve heard of them… But have you ever seen one? If not, that’s easy to explain. They are all very shy. The Shy Creatures begins with a young girl who wants to be a doctor to the shy creatures, and she just may be the best fit for the job, because she is very shy as well. Mack’s artwork is beautifully uncluttered, delivering the story in the spirit of Dr. Seuss. The stylistic homage Mack employed brought me back to the years when I first read books …

 

Meet The Team: David

Joe January 22, 2015

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 David Hollabaugh. Get to know him a little better below. Tell us a little bit about yourself David. I started my life as an Astronaut. As in, that is what I wanted to be when I grew up. I even won a free trip to Space Camp in Alabama when I was 10; it was amazing! My mind may still be in outer space at times, but Cincinnati is my home. I grew up with a great family that made my childhood a blast. So as the Product Manager here, I love receiving feedback from everyone who uses ChoreMonster and to make improvements that will help the whole family. How did you get hooked up with ChoreMonster? Just …

 

Photo credit: aperturismo / Foter / CC BY-SA Technology is an integral and growing part of our daily lives. As a parent, I have to grapple with how that technology is used within my family on a near constant basis. And the opinions on how I ought to do that, of course, vary widely. Some advocate for kids to have unlimited access to all technology. Others warn of the health dangers of prolonged exposure to the screen. All of these opinions can be lumped into one category called “screen time”. The truth is that our devices aren’t going to suddenly become a less integral part of our lives. So it’s my duty to find healthy, effective and useful ways to utilize screen time. Here are some insights that I feel strike a healthy balance when addressing the use of screen time in your home. Regulate. I don’t endorse unlimited screen …

 

Your kids are working hard, doing the chores you’re giving them on ChoreMonster and not complaining (we hope.) So why not give them a reward? What? You can’t think of any new rewards to help motivate them to keep doing a great job? Well, here are a few that we think are worth a look. Super Smash Brothers: Use all of your favorite Nintendo characters in the latest edition of Super Smash Brothers. Uncle Milton Star Wars Science Death Star Planetarium: Turn any dark room into a really cool planetarium with this Death Star. Have fun and learn about the Star Wars universe at the same time. Bounce-Off : This super fun game is fast moving and head to head. Easy enough for anyone to play and fun enough to keep them coming back. Fashion Headbands: Choose from an array of satin headbands, rhinestones, flowers, feathers, and more. Great for …

 

Here at ChoreMonster, we have a lot of Dads. And we all love “Dad jokes”. Sometimes it’s a memory of our own fathers, others times it’s great TV characters like Phil Dunphy from Modern Family, and sometimes it’s just us being Dads. Dad jokes are best when used to embarrass a teenager, but their effectiveness knows no bounds. Here are a few of our favorites from across the web. 1. Literal Dad. 2. Dad vs. Moth 3. How Dad Rolls 4. Dad loves a good photo opportunity 5. When Dad learns phrase abbreviations. What are some of your favorite Dad jokes?