Getting young dudes and dudettes to do chores can be a gigantic pain in the rear. And other places less savory.
Seriously, what parent among us hasn’t ripped down a chore chart in frustration and just started ripping the thing to shreds as they stalk outside to the driveway, stopping near the lawn mower on the way to pick up the gas can, then piled the ripped-to-shreds chore chart on the concrete, doused it with gasoline and then danced around, flailing my arms like a wildman, chanting and whistling now that that fight-inducing horror was gone?
I mean– What? Really? No one? No one else? It’s just me? Hm. Oh, well, you know, I was, you know, just, ah, kidding. To make an example. Really. That’s all it was. A, uh, an example.
So, getting kids to do chores has never been easy. Well, it’s never been easy once I grew up. I was, as has been aptly demonstrated, a model of virtue and goodness. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Chores. Tough thing. The young dudes and dudettes don’t want to do them and parents keep insisting because those chores did such a good job of making them into wholesome, industrious people. Or something like that. Well, oddly, if you’re tired of fighting with your little-ish one over chores. . . there’s an app for that.
ChoreMonster is a cool, little iPhone app that makes a game out of chores. And, at least as far as I can see, I think this is a pretty cool little idea.
Gamification is the idea that we can make more repetitive real-world tasks more fun to do if we take some of the good ideas from games and incorporate them into the difficult things. Let people earn points for doing the dishes and stuff like that. Make them able to redeem the points for something cool. Induce a little competition.
Well, ChoreMonster has taken the idea of gamification and welded it onto household chores. An odd little Frankenstein of a mix, but I think it works.
Parents create a list of chores for the little monster, along with assigning a point value. Then they make a list of rewards (which can be anything, from hugs to iTunes gift cards or, you know, whatever) and how many points it will take to earn them. The kids then sign into the site, look over the chores and get to work. Along the way, they can earn a random monster worth some amount of points, just as an added bonus.
I think this is a great idea.
Give it a try. Head on over to ChoreMonster, sign up and try it out. I mean, it’s got to be easier than yelling at the little dude to make his bed right this instant or you’re going to come in there and he’s going to wish he’d never been born, so help me, see if I don’t! Right?