Herdin': Morning Routine Saver for Parents

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Checking kids' tasks on this app may become a chore.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about making wise decisions related to daily chores, practice, homework, hygiene, and self-care by popping a bubble when they complete the task.

Ease of Play

Easy to set up, but keeping track of each kid's task completion when there's more than one profile is trickier.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Herdin': Morning Routine Saver for Parents is a task-tracking app for parents and kids. Parents choose the tasks that they want their kids to mark as complete by popping an on-screen bubble. Choose one to five kids, time of day, and tasks. When a kid completes a task, they get to pop one bubble on your phone's screen associated with that task. Three kids must make their beds in the morning? Three bubbles available to pop. Two kids must do homework in the evening? Two bubbles to pop. Add your own tasks via your camera. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use HERDIN': MORNING ROUTINE SAVER FOR PARENTS, first tap on the "+" icon, then tap on the morning, daytime, or evening icons. Move to the next screen and tap the cat icon that corresponds to the number of kids in your household (one to five). Then tap the task you want to manage: brushing teeth, getting dressed, making the bed, and so on. Choose as many tasks for that time of day as needed. Move to the next screen to complete setup. Go to the next time of day for which you want to set up a tasks list. Under settings, use the edit or delete icons to change. When a kid completes a task, they pop a bubble on your phone's screen for that task and receive a "noisy bubble" reward with a heart icon.

Is it any good?

A task-tracking app to track kids' to-dos sounds good in theory, but in practice this app may be more a bother than a boost. Because you can't associate names with bubbles, it begs the question: Who popped which bubble? What if only three bubbles are popped for tooth brushing and you have four kids to herd? Who left the house with dirty teeth? The biggest question of all: How many kids can really resist popping only one bubble on a screen that contains multiple bubbles? For parents with a singleton, this app may work just fine. But, as it stands, Herdin': Morning Routine Saver for Parents has great intentions and potential but may not truly simplify a morning routine.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how kids can take personal responsibility for their daily tasks. How can your kid remind himself or herself about their own morning routine? What sorts of reminders can they make for themselves so you have to do less checking up on them? Try Herdin': Morning Routine Saver for Parents or another time-management app to see if it helps.

  • Help your kid make their own morning and evening routine charts that they can hang on the refrigerator or their bedroom door. Keep a family chore chart visible.

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For kids who love time-management and health apps

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