Bottom Line: Terrific idea and execution...if you're willing to spend time with it and utilize its potential.
Parents then set "chores," how many coins each chore is worth, and what days of the week the chore is to be completed. With their children, parents can then set the items to go in each child's wish list (like a certain toy, game, app or privilege.)
As the chores are completed over the week and entered as "done" into the system, children get to do things that they would in their favorite video games: level up and gain new character abilities.
The app presents a chart (pictured above) of where each child ranks, putting some of that inherent sibling rivalry to constructive use. Each week, the child who has acquired the most coins is declared the ruler for that week! Having a weekly winner is a terrific idea because it provides a quick, short-term reward for one child and a rapid fresh start for the other siblings who didn't win. There is nothing that motivates one of my children more than hearing their brother or sister get roundly praised.
One of the best things about You Rule Chores is that it encouraged me to sit down and set the tasks for our house and to organize them by day of the week and child. The app is an excellent self-help app for parents in that regard. I read some of the preloaded chores and thought, "Oh man, my kids should so be doing that!"
On the child's side, the app allows children to understand and directly monitor how their hard work turns into items on their wishlist.
As many as six different children can be entered at one time. Since completing a household task can be a subjective matter, for instance, a child's perception of a well-swept floor can certainly differ from a well-swept floor in reality, the app lets you password protect the "ref" sections where the settings are changed and tasks are recorded as done.
The interface is very well-done and easy to use. The graphics and sound add to the overall feeling of playing a game that will make the idea of tracking and doing chores much more interesting.
I think the price for a native iPhone app might be a tad high, and I would really suggest a free trial to give people a look before they buy it. I think someone willing to put the time into it will be thrilled with what it can do. Another update suggestion would be the ability to turn on notifications at a certain time to remember to check the app to ensure the tasks assigned for that day have been completed.
You Rule Chores is a very similar app to KidsBank, but the former is a superior app due to the setting of goals and game-type features.
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