A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Parents open BRILI ROUTINES and follow the prompts to set up a morning, afternoon, or evening routine. They can select a predesigned routine that includes common tasks such as brushing teeth, making the bed, and gathering homework, or they can choose to make a custom routine and include more personalized tasks for their kids. Using images from their device's photo roll or the library of images can help remind kids what to do. Users can also select the number of stars earned for completing each task, time limits for each, and a fun activity as an immediate reward. Then, parents can switch profiles and give kids control over their checklist. As kids complete each task, they slide the card to the left and gather the stars for that activity. At the bottom of the screen, an overall time line counts down how much time is left before the entire routine needs to be completed: If they finish early, they bank free time, and if they take too long, the time for each task decreases to compensate. When the routine is finished, kids are prompted with a specific reward or the next task.
Is it any good?
For kids who need a visual schedule reminder, this tool has lots of potential. The clean and focused design of the kid's interface helps those who have trouble focusing on a large list of tasks. Visual timers and countdowns provide the right amount of pressure to help kids get things done without overwhelming their senses, and the incentive to work efficiently -- earning extra free time -- might motivate kids. The individualized features, such as adding images from a photo roll or creating specific tasks that might not be in a common list of morning routine tasks, is very well thought out. The biggest downside is that kids may be tempted to swipe left without actually fully completing each task. Though parents can track how long it takes a kid to complete each task, parental oversight is probably more effective, so this feature might be more helpful if a parent isn't at home. If the goal is to help kids be more independent and organized without digital help, parents will definitely need to step in and help kids apply their experience using the app offscreen, but this tool can definitely help lay the foundation.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's important to have a morning routine. Ask kids why they think it's important to leave home at a certain time and what might happen if someone left home without finishing something such as showering or getting dressed.
Though digital tools to help with organization and time management can be helpful for anyone, kids with attention issues might benefit even more. Talk to your kid about learning differences and how differences in how a person's brain or body works can make certain routines more challenging.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting, personal growth, time management, working efficiently
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to Try
- Subscription price: $19.99/year for access to all features
- Release date: May 19, 2016
- Category: Productivity
- Size: 28.70 MB
- Publisher: Brili
- Version: 1.4.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 4.2 and up
For kids who love time management and organization
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