Hello and Welcome and Wow

Paul May 29, 2012

Why hello there, and welcome to ChoreMonster! We’re glad you’re here (and by “here”, I mean here reading this blog post and here as a possible beta user). Let me introduce myself, I’m Paul (Armstrong), co-founder and Chief Creative Officer (yeah, that’s a thing I didn’t just make up this second) of ChoreMonster. Pull up a seat, pour some coffee, and let me tell you a little bit about us, what we’re doing and where we’re heading.

Rather than give you our sales pitch (which believe me, we could say in our sleep, while underwater, fighting off a narwhal army) I would rather tell you about why and how ChoreMonster came about. In March of 2010, my son Elliott and I  were drawing in our dining room; just some old newsprint and pencils. He asked me to draw some monsters. So I did. Swirling around in my brain where visions of Mike Wazowski, Sulley and the world of Monsters Inc, the crazy creatures from Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends with a mix of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. We drew for an hour or so, and ultimately I liked what I had drawn and thought about what I could turn them in to; but nothing really stuck. But I kept drawing them. Almost a year passed and in March (of 2011) my business partner Chris came to me with an idea for creating a way to make chores for kids easier, more fun — “game-ified” (which will be the last time I ever say gamified, gamificiation or anything thereto related to that word — though honestly, the concept fits). He also mentioned maybe we should submit the idea to a local startup accelerator The Brandery. I created a logo and we called the idea ChoreMonster — marrying my drawings with his idea. Two months later we had won Cincinnati Innovates, were a part of the 2011 Brandery class of startups and were on our way to getting funded to create our idea — a simple way for parents to manage chores and have their kids excitedly and willingly do them.

Here we are five months after officially raising our seed round of funding: we’ve hired a full time developer, are putting the final touches on version 1.0 of the Kids iOS app, consistently making adjustments, improvements and pushing forward. We now have over 2,000 parents managing their kids, and kids completing an average of 1,300 chores per week, supporting our mission to create fun and simple tools that help make a positive impact on the lifestyle of families. We are blown away by the response thus far, at such an early stage, and very excited about where we’re going.

What can you expect in the future? If I told you now, there wouldn’t be anything else for us to write from week to week, so let’s just say — many, many things to make your experience more useful, practical and fun (which we’ll be writing about once a week, like I said just a sentence ago, but I think you saw that, if not, go back … I’ll wait).

We are so blessed and pleased that you are using ChoreMonster, giving us your feedback and using what we’ve created. There are many, many more great things coming soon!

— Paul

11 replies to “Hello and Welcome and Wow

  1. My daughter is so excited about doing chores now. Thank you for allowing our family to participate. My boys though are a bit less enthusiastic about the whole matter. I am concerned with applying the “done” part being in the child’s hands rather than the parent’s hands. My husband would like to be able to log in and add things as well without one parental account. Will that be coming in the future as well?

    Thanks again!

    • When the child says they’re “Done” that means the parent checks to make sure it is – the child doesn’t get any points until the parent “Accepts” that the chore is done (in the Parents part of the site). We’re working on multi-account log in for the future.

  2. I am very interested in using Choremonster, but I have had trouble with its organization. For example, is there a way to clear chores that have not been completed? I know that earlier this week, I was on a forum page devoted to Choremonster, with “community” members and people connected to Choremonster answering questions. However, I have lost that link. Any help would be appreciated. I think Choremonster can be a fantastic parenting tool.

    • I we are working on such a feature as I type! The ability to “skip” chores and “send back” chores that weren’t done properly and reorganizing the overall Parent page.

    • We are considering adding “premium” Monsters as an option for parents to reward for the kids (as well as integrating some other cool things). But for now, monsters are earned through the Monster Carnival.

  3. I am really excited about ChoreMonster! I am Adult ADHD and I have 3 kids (10, 8 and 7) with varying degrees of ADHD, also. As a former teacher and an Adult ADHD, I have struggled with organizing and cleaning through the years. This program is awesome for helping me and the children stay motivated and focused. I will be recommending this to lots of friends and families. Great job!!

  4. Hi, ChoreMonster!

    I’m writing from Better Homes & Gardens magazine, where were doing a story on kids & chores for our October Issue. We may include a mention of ChoreMonster in the piece, and wonder if you can supply an image of your app icon to illustrate the article. We are, of course, on a tight deadline, so I’m hoping someone can get back to me soon…
    Let me know what you think, and many thanks!

    Louise Gore
    Editorial Assistant
    Better Homes & Gardens
    805 Third Avenue, 27th floor
    New York, NY 10022
    212-455-1064
    louise.gore@meredith.com

  5. Kudos to you on your new venture. Job well done! My tween daughter (10) loves this app–she is literally looking for things to do and has impressed me with her businesslike manner of going about things. She is managing her life through her Kindle and I no longer need to remind her to pick up her room or get her music practice in.

    And although my teen (13) is just beyond the upper limits of your age recommendations, he has ADHD and struggles with (but does want help with) staying on task. I’ve been trying to encourage him to stick to a to-do list for years. Enter ChoreMonster–I chose pictures of teens for his chore assignments and updated his monster pic to reflect his interests and fingers crossed, this just may do the trick.

    I second that this is an excellent tool for kids with ADHD (who tend to lag a bit in social/emotional maturity so 12/13 is more like 9/10 with an ADHD teen). My son and I have agreed that this will be our no-fuss, no-hassle way of managing his day. I won’t complain or nag about what he doesn’t get done–I just skip the tasks he doesn’t get accomplished and he’s compensated for his efforts–it’s a very consequences driven approach to staying on task.

    My only suggestion would be to create a second interface for older kids.I could have completely won my teen on this app if it “looked” a bit more mature.

  6. I tried this before with one child but wasn’t very excited about it. Now that I can just put unscheduled chores (that makes optional chores so much nicer), I finally added all my kids. I like the “just because” for parents, but I do wish a child could tell me they did something without asking too. Then I could approve and/or deny and assign points. The first day my 16 year old went through everything and kept doing stuff just to build up his points. While he thinks the monsters are slightly juvenile, he wants to work toward the rewards he can get.

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