What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chore Pad is a system for assigning, tracking, and rewarding tasks that can help parents and kids know who is supposed to do what and when around the home. While any sort of family chore chart can get complicated, cluttered, and ignored, Chore Pad is an intuitive and easy way to choose, assign, organize, and track chores. If your family is on board with using organized tracking systems and rewards, Chore Pad will likely be a winner.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- group projects
- meeting challenges together
Responsibility & Ethics
- following codes of conduct
- honoring the community
- respect for others
Engagement, Approach, Support
If your kids are on board with using organized tracking systems and rewards, this app will likely be a winner. Individual user customizing and tracking increases engagement (as much as possible for chores).
This system rests heavily on rewards or demerits, which may not help build kids' long-term, inherent motivation. Still, using Chore Pad can help kids learn how organizing and completing chores can help life run more smoothly.
Read a thorough tutorial on how to set up the chores and the individual charts. Points, "payouts", and trophies are recorded. Users have their own cards that list their chores and all information can be synched to Dropbox.
What's it about?
Parents can read a thorough tutorial on how to set up the chores and the individual charts, how to assign points, and how users earn rewards. Each user gets a flip card tacked to a virtual cork board that they flip to view the number of chores completed and rewards earned. Parents must create each chore and then assign them to a specific person's card. Once that's set up, all kids need to do is go to their card and tap the date and the chore they've completed to record it.
Is it any good?
How well CHORE PAD works will depend upon how the people in a household use it, and if the system fits a family's philosophy on work and rewards. There's no doubt that it's a well-organized, simple system to use. The system rests heavily on rewards or "penalty stars" to motivate everyone to do the work, and some of the "work" included as possible chores to list are exercise, prayer, writing, and "love you" notes. Of course, you don't have to choose those chores.
The underlying message of this system is the idea that being motivated to do things requires reward or demerit -- which may not work for every family and hasn't been proven as an effective tool for building kids' long-term inherent motivation. If chores are a problem around your house, it may be worth a try. But expecting a total change in a family's chore habits due to any app may be a stretch.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Involve your kids in deciding who is assigned which chores before inputting assignments into the app.
Encourage everyone in the household to thank each other for completing their chores for a different kind of reward -- gratitude.