A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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'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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: strategy
Emotional Development: self-awareness
Collaboration: group projects, meeting challenges together, teamwork
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, honoring the community, respect for others
- Price: $2.99 ($4.99 for HD iPad version)
- Release date: November 28, 2012
- Category: Other
- Size: 8.60 MB
- Publisher: Nannek
- Version: 4.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
For kids who love teamwork and playing with others
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