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Those of you who don't have kids may feel free to hit the back button right about now. Don't worry, I won't mind. Not every post is going to catch your interest, and unless you have little tykes (or big tykes) running around the house, this isn't going to be one of them. Go ahead. We'll wait.

Great, now that there's no one left reading this except parents, I'm suddenly very aware of how I, too, don't have children. So... from here on out, I'll stick to the facts. You will get no personal anecdotes from me. No siree, Bob.

ChoreMonster is an app that aims to get your kids begging to do chores. It actually promises this. Here's the trailer.

The app, which has already picked up a following on iOS, rewards children with points for each chore they complete. This alone isn't enough encouragement, so parents are supposed to provide gift targets and the number of points needed to receive the reward. This way that increasingly rambunctious preteen gets to see that if he wants an Xbox One, he's going to have to work for it. And if this long-term goal isn't enticing enough, parents can set smaller ones, such as an hour of TV or a snack with high fructose corn syrup in it. Since parents create the chores, the app also serves as a single location that kids can check to see what tasks await them in the day ahead.

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Not unlike adults, kids like shiny collectibles, so ChoreMonster lets them acquire various monsters using tickets that they also get from completing chores. If one form of enticement doesn't work, maybe the other will.

Here's a link to the app. It's free.

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  • Jason Rittenhouse

    when i was a kid i did my chores just because i was supposed to. i didn't get rewarded for doing chores, i got punished for not doing them. maybe this needs a companion app where you start with points and lose them if you don't complete chores. the parents set the punishments if you get down to certain point levels.

    • None

      You seem like an upstanding individual. Sounds like everyone should raise their kids the way your parents raised you.

      • Jason Rittenhouse

        I agree

      • dude

        No thanks.

    • Shaun Rayner

      I was both rewarded AND punished. I had the basic chores that i was required to or i would get grounded/spanked. Then i had non-routine choirs that would earn me praise and reward. I raise my child the same. This game should definitely include points deduction for things like not listening, throwing tantrums, or pulling your penis out in class. (dont ask on the last one)

      • si3ge

        hey so whats the story behind that last part?

        • brkshr

          Sometimes you gotta show people who's boss

        • dude

          That's not so bad, I jacked off while during a catholic mass.

      • Kylecore

        Wait, pulling my penis out in class was bad. My teacher used to love it as long as everyone was gone.

  • Evan

    Glad to see this finally make it to Android.

    Because really.. anything coming out of Cincinnati is awesomesauce.

    • Kazahani

      Yay Cincy! Are the devs local?

      • beiting

        I know some of the dudes at ChoreMonster, including the CEO/Co-Founder.
        I do know they did the iOS app in-house and this past winter they were hiring Android devs -- so I believe they developed it in house too. I'll ask.

        They're killing it though, the are currently in the Disney Accellerator program right now: http://disneyaccelerator.com/teams/

        Love seeing those guys succeed. They're all great dads too!

        • Sam

          Well, they didn't hire very good Android developers then, because the app keeps crashing. Happens to me on my Moto X and 2013 Nexus 7. Also happening to most everyone else if you read the Play Store reviews. Oh well.

      • Evan

        They were local when I was there through 2011. If I remember right, they were in one of the early Brandery rounds (A Cincy based accelerator program)

        I got to meet Chris Bergman a few times at some of the Tweetups (when those were a thing) and he was a super nice guy.

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  • http://tonybullard.com/ Tony Bullard

    Does it have reminders? Cause honestly, the reason my kid keeps not getting his allowance is because his parents forget to remind him to do his chores...

    He doesn't get allowance, we still have food under our table...our house is just a mess.

    • Joseph Lampke

      Why is the food under the table?

      • http://tonybullard.com/ Tony Bullard

        Because children.