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S'moresUp - Best Chores App

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Convenient chore and calendar combo aims to be all things.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

With the support of the adults in their lives, kids can learn to keep track of daily responsibilities and household expectations. They can also practice saving toward a goal.

Ease of Play

A bit overwhelming at first, but a strong tutorial helps users get started.

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What parents need to know

S'moresUp - Best Chores App helps families manage chores, their calendar, and communications in a secure, private way. It requires a basic set of reading skills, so it's best suited for elementary school kids or older. Ideally, all family members will have a mobile device (or easy access to one) to be able to check calendars, chores, and the wall independently. Families can have up to two adults attached -- beyond that requires connecting with a separate family. And parents who don't like to tie chores to rewards can still find ways this app could be useful. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

 S'MORESUP - BEST CHORES APP aims to be a one-stop shop for family organization, communication, and responsibility. A family group can connect with other family groups to share events and communication. This may be particularly helpful for families who don't fit into a two-parent household structure. The main focus is on assigning and tracking chores and rewards for kids and parents. Built-in chores include more traditional tasks like doing laundry, raking leaves, and vacuuming. There are also healthy habits like drinking water, reading a book, and washing hands. Each chore is assigned a "S'mores" value, which is the currency in the app. Parents can reward kids with objects (some included, but user scan add their own) and/or S'mores. They can also set savings goals and expectations around charitable donations. When kids don't meet family expectations, parents can penalize them by removing S'mores from their bank.

S'moresUp - Best Chores App also includes a family calendar, which can sync with Google calendar. Users can add activities for a specific person or for the entire family. Families can invite other family groups from their circle to the events. There's also the "Family Campfire," which is a communications page. Family members can share posts with pictures and everyone can comment, like, and share. These posts can be shared within one family unit or between family connections. This is also the area where users can connect with support or the greater S'moresUp - Best Chores App community.

Is it any good?

If you're tired of juggling multiple apps to coordinate with your family, this might just be the solution you need. S'moresUp - Best Chores App checks a lot of boxes for busy parents and kids, allowing them to manage all of their activities and expectations in one spot. The drawback is that there's a lot happening in this app. Tasks that should be simple, like assigning a chore, may feel overwhelming with so many options. This isn't a roadblock, but parents should expect to put in some time becoming familiar with all the features. Luckily, the kids' dashboard is more streamlined. They should have no trouble diving right in. And for families who don't like to tie chore to rewards, kids can work toward donations or just toward chosen activities when they finish assigned tasks. S'moresUp - Best Chores App will be the perfect option for a lot of families and the free pricetag means there's nothing to lose in tryng it out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about rules around social media. What is and is not appropriate to share online? Is that different when it's a closed environment (like S'moresUp - Best Chores App) vs. open sites like Facebook?

  • Talk about collective responsibility. What are the expectations for family members in terms of doing things around the house?

App details

For kids who love time-management and earning money

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