Photo credit: Sharon Mollerus / Foter / CC BY Just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean that chores should stop. After all, in most homes the holidays mean even more work for parents, and so it makes sense to let your kids share the load a little bit during this hectic time. Here are a few chore ideas if you’re having a hard time keeping things interesting and could use a little assistance. Some of these are specific to the holiday season, while others have relevance all winter long. As always, keep them age-appropriate. – Snow Related Chores: This one is the most obvious of the bunch, but is still very important if the white stuff hits your neck of the woods. Before (or after?) your kids run out to play in the snow, make sure they tackle a few tasks to make your home function better as well. …

 

Coming off of last year’s successful ChoreMonster Beard-a-Thon, where we raised more than $2,000 for Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in hospitals worldwide, we wanted to do something again this holiday season. The Cause: We’re raising money for our friends at Codestarter, a non-profit that gets laptops in the hands of kids waiting to enroll in programming classes who can’t otherwise afford their own computer. Every $250 that we raise will go directly to buying a laptop for a child. And for every dollar donated by you, ChoreMonster will match. What we especially love about Codestarter is that 100% of the donation goes right to purchasing laptops. Donate here. Why this project is important: Diversity: African Americans, Hispanics, and women are vastly underrepresented in computer science professions. A more diverse population of coders will tackle a wider variety …

 

It’s the holiday season and you know what that means, it’s gift giving season. Here at ChoreMonster, we put together this list that we hope you find helpful as you navigate the store shelves over the next couple of weeks. The guide is broken up into four categories. LEGO, Tech, Games, and Our Friends. Enjoy! LEGO It’s tough to go wrong with LEGO, here are some great LEGO related gifts that we love. – LEGO Superheroes Man-Bat Attack – Combine Batman and LEGO and you get one of the most popular sets around. Yet another great one to add to the collection. – LEGO Architecture White House – Maybe you have kids whose LEGO skills are starting to lean towards advanced. Check out this great White House set from the Architecture series and watch your child tackle a new challenge. – LEGO Movie Character Hoodie – We love the LEGO …

 

We’ve all heard about “kids these days” and the challenges parents face in getting them to be responsible. Why is this so? Is assigning chores a hassle for parents? Are kids expecting extravagant rewards? Are their weekdays so packed with extra activities that they don’t have time to pitch in at home? We decided to take a deep dive into our data to analyze the state of chores in America. And with over 7 million chores completed in our app, that’s a lot of data to look at! We put some of the most interesting findings into the infographic and press release below. Check it out and let us know if our findings match your experience: A recent poll found that although 82 percent of Americans did chores growing up, only 28 percent of parents today are assigning those same chores to their children. With that in mind, ChoreMonster took …

 

Photo credit: henry… / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND Your kids are working hard, piling up ChoreMonster points and itching to cash them in, on something. Some kids know exactly what they want, and there are parents that have great reward ideas. But for those that have a tough time coming up with great reward ideas, we like to toss out a few suggestions from time to time. Here are 5 Chore Reward Ideas for your kids that hopefully won’t interfere with your Christmas shopping. 1) Big Hero 6 Deluxe Flying Baymax with Hiro Action Figures: The next big movie comes out this weekend, and your kids are probably going to love it. This action figure will be a hot commodity very soon. 2) LEGO City Advent Calendar: We love LEGO, and would bet they are a big hit in your home too. This LEGO Advent Calendar is a great way …

 

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 …