Make chores funby engaging and rewardingyour kids!

ChoreMonster

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions, or FAQs (and here you thought it meant "find another quail", silly you) and other helpful or useful (or even un-useful) information.

What is ChoreMonster?

ChoreMonster is a suite of web and mobile apps that aims to make chores fun for parents and kids. Kids can earn points by completing chores that they can turn in for real life rewards like ice cream, an hour of Xbox, or even a canoe trip. Parents can enjoy a simple, hassle-free, digital system that takes the tension out of family chores. Our mission at ChoreMonster is to improve the lives of parents and children with the tools they use every day (for a more in depth view into our thinking, you can read this).

Parents

Register through our website or app, confirm your registration by clicking the link in an email, and begin using ChoreMonster. From there, you can quickly add a child, create chores with point values and rewards that are earned by saving up points. As a child completes chores and requests rewards, a parent can either approve or deny each chore or skip over chores that will not be completed.

Kids

A child logs into ChoreMonster via the website or mobile app with their own unique username and password. Once logged in, a child can check on current and upcoming chores, let their parents know if they're done, view potential rewards, and each completed chore will earn a ticket to spin the wheel in the Monster Carnival where they either get a consolation prize (a dead fish, a jar of farts, etc.) or a new monster. If you want to learn about various ways to use the reward system, read our tutorial.

ChoreMonster is geared toward kids aged 4 to 12 with access to the internet through a computer or iOS device like an iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad. ChoreMonster is free to use with the exception of the Monster Carnival. After establishing a habit of using our system, we hope that you and your child begin to find the process of helping with household chores painless (and dare we say fun). While we make no guarantees that your child will beg to do their chores, it has been known to happen.

How do I register?

Registration is easy. Just sign up for a new account by filling in the form completely with your full name, a valid email address, a username and password, and your role within the family (mom, dad). Hit "REGISTER" and look for an email from us confirming your registration (this part is important, so that we know that you're in fact real and not some robot or zombie or being from an alternate universe). Click the link in the email and start using ChoreMonster. That's it.

How do I add child/chore/reward?

If at any point you need help, just click the "Help" menu item at the top of the page - which will display a menu of options. You will then be guided through the steps to take to add a child, a chore, or a reward. At any point you can close the popup box by clicking the "X".

Where does my child log in?

Your child has their own unique area of our website and app (completely separate from the parents). They log in using the username and password you gave them by going to the Kids area at https://www.choremonster.com/kids or in our mobile apps. Here, your child will be able to see their current and overdue chores and how many points each chore is worth, their points and rewards, and a library of all the monsters they've won in the Monster Carnival.

What do you do with my child's information?

When adding your child in the Parents section of the website, we ask for a limited amount of information about your child including gender, birthday, and an email address. The email address is not required, but if one is provided, it will be used to send notifications related to birthday greetings, chores, rewards, and monsters (which is not yet active) but never any solicitations or newsletters. You can read more about our Privacy Policy here.

What is the Monster Carnival?

Whenever your child completes a chore and you approve it, they get a ticket to spin the wheel in the Monster Carnival. If a "CLOSED" sign appears, it's because your child has no approved chores. When your child spins the wheel they have a chance to win a Monster or a consolation prize. If they win a monster, that monster will be kept in the "Monster" section of the web and mobile app.

Is the "potty humor" necessary?

Yes. Absolutely. Fart face.

I have a split family. Will ChoreMonster still work for me?

Of course kids in a split household can still use ChoreMonster! Here are two things that we suggest:

First, if the chores and rewards are separate in each house, we recommend that you have two separate, distinct ChoreMonster accounts and manage each household and set of chores individually. Second, if you want to manage the chores together, you will just need to share the parent login between the two households.

Why doesn't the site/app do _______?

We love your feedback. We really do (I know many people say that and don't mean it, and then they explain how they really mean it unlike everyone else, but we really do mean it. Seriously). As we are in our infancy, moving at the speed of an exploding star traveling on a rocket that is attached to light, we value your input in helping us to make the experience for our users that much better. That being said (yeah, here comes our rebuking), not everything is something we will consider. Often, we have to make choices to keep our system as simple and scalable for all the various ways in which a family or an individual or a child might act and think. Sometimes it's just not a good idea (there, we said it, but we still love you, here, have some ice cream).

We are planning many things, here are a few (that we can disclose):

  • More monsters. More and more and more. With more interactivity with them — including but not limited to virtual items, coloring, randomized speech.
  • Other things we can't tell you about that might change your life forever.

Things we will not be doing:

  • Adding an abundance of "customizable" content. Too much customization creates confusion and renders the simplicity and efficiency of the site useless. Everyone's family interacts differently — using, thinking, exploring, and implementing things in unique ways. We simply are unable to make something that makes everyone happy (but you knew that) nor is it our goal.
  • Allowing for printable chore charts. That simply goes against our whole mission to connect parents and kids in the digital world. There are lots of resources and places where you can get those, but we will not be one.
  • Creating a calendar view. Why? Because a calendar, as efficient a function as it seems, is ultimately an interface. Putting a calendar on our site would not only interfere with the established interface, it would destroy our desire to keep things simple and easy. While you might be used to a calendar, we feel it limits and complicates the process we have set in place in our chore management system.

Why is there no Android app?

At the moment we're working to find the best method to deliver content to Android users - all of which is determined by time, effort, and cost. Whether it's a native app or mobile web, rest assured we hear you, oh Android user, and the hamsters are hard at work.

If I have an idea, concern and/or question who do I contact?

All comments, questions, concerns, issues, and even praise (we like that too, really, don't be shy about saying nice things sometimes) should be directed to our FreshDesk page — or by clicking the "SUPPORT" button you'll see on the right side of the page on the Parents website. We try to respond to all your feedback as quickly and as helpfully as we can.

Are there any Child Labor Laws I need to be aware of (related to chores)?

If you thought you'd see an actual legal document containing various child labor laws in the United States or Australia or Bermuda (or wherever it is you might be located), then how little you know us. In all honesty, we don't know anything about Child Labor Laws. What we do know is that it's probably bad, if not morally reprehensible, to force a 5 year old to build a patio or haul 150lbs of rocks to your "meditation garden". If you want actual legal insight into child labor laws, go to LegalZoom or your local senator or Google or something, we don't know. But if you want sarcastic and completely useless advice on how your 7 year old might not be able to handle that power sander, then you're in the right place.

As a parent, it's easy to become drunk with power as you see your kids want to do more and more chores around the house*. Clearly your desire as a parent (or grandparent or guardian or captor) is to have your kids help around the house and eventually build a self-motivated work ethic. But to jump from having your child make the bed to powerwashing the fence might not be the best way to achieve this goal (especially if you sit in a lawn chair drinking a beer as you tell them to put their back into it).

As your kids complete their chore list, you might think, "Well, the basement walls are full of holes, smudges, scrapes, dings, and that one discoloration that we will not mention; maybe little Henry could get some spackle and patch that baby up?" And we wouldn't blame you for thinking that. But don't do it. Trust us. Even if it seems plausible, like "It's just painting a wall", kids and paint can sometimes create more problems than solutions.

In an effort to be mildly helpful, here's a short list of things to avoid when implementing a chore schedule for your children:

  1. Orange jumpsuits
  2. Shovelling ditches
  3. Referring to your child as a number ("No. 714564, Clean Up The Plates")
  4. Anything involving paint
  5. Calling bedtime "Lockdown"
  6. Electric power tools
  7. Using doors that lock from the outside
  8. Areas that could potentially allow for a sibling to be shoved into a small space
  9. Hammers
  10. Unnecessarily sharp objects

* We cannot claim that every child will ask for more chores, but it certainly does happen more than you'd think.

Can I use this on my employee/spouse/self?

We can neither condone nor prohibit the use of ChoreMonster for matters pertaining to spousal household obligations, employee incentive initiatives, or personal reminder systems. We can officially say that we find it awesome that you are so excited and desiring to use ChoreMonster that you will implement it in ways we'd never imagine.