Putting a digital spin on chores: New app gets kids to do chores before parents even ask
Getting kids to do their chores can be a struggle. That's why many parents are turning to apps that reward kids digitally.
We've all had to do it growing up, mowing lawns., cleaning out rooms, and helping around the house with chores. For kids in 2018, there's a bit of a high-tech twist that goes along with it now.
Kids are helping out around the house without their parents asking and yes, they want to get something out of it.
"We've tried every chore chart there is known to man," said Dawn McCord.
Even when kids stuck to their chores, like most of us, Dawn McCord rarely carried cash. So she ditched the chart and went digital by downloading the BusyKid app.
"So if he cleaned his bedroom, he'd punch it in."
Moms and das choose the chores and set their price. Kids check off their chores when they're done.
"They just pass it around and each one of them logs in and tallys up what they did for the day." BusyKid app creator Greg Murset is a busy day of 6.
"I did it because I want my kids to get the skills so that they'll get out of my house and never come back except to visit once and a while, I want them to be successful," Murset said.
Other apps on the market, like RoosterMoney, PennyOwl, and FamZoo promise to help kids manage and save money. The BusyKid app also helps kids invest their earnings.
The McCord kids have invested in stocks.
"I'm hoping that it'll teach them a relationship between hard work and money."
Most chore apps have some kind of fee. A year-long subscription to BusyKid is $14.99 for the whole family.