aims to make chores more enjoyable for kids and parents

choremonster logo Getting my children to help with household chores can be a daily battle. It’s no fun, and everybody ends up feeling grumpy. Right? is an online system of chore assignments and rewards. It lets parents assign chores for kids by choosing from the default list or adding customized tasks. Each chore can be customized by due date, frequency, and points awarded.

Each child gets his own account, where the chores and rewards are presented in a colorful, easy-to-use interface. Kids can view assigned chores, check them off when they’re done, and see how many points they have earned. When they’ve saved enough points, they can redeem points for parent-defined rewards.

My kids have been using ChoreMonster for a couple of days now, and they’re still in the “this is so cool” phase. They enjoy suggesting chores and rewards for me to add to the system. They’re accumulating points and saving up for the big rewards (playdate with a friend, doughnuts, and a trip to the children’s museum, to name a few).

I like ChoreMonster because the kids go to the computer to see what they can do to earn points and help out around the house. This cuts down on the number of times I hear “Mom!” during the afternoon, which is nice. It also reduces the number of requests I get for treats and things, because they know how many points they need to save before they can be rewarded with something special.

We’ll see how they continue using ChoreMonster. Usually, they’re excited about any new chore system for about 1 week, and then they’re back to dreading chores. Maybe the combination of the computerized format, the scorekeeping, and the rewards-for-points system, will encourage them to stay with the ChoreMonster program! It’s kind of like a game! is still in beta mode, but the developer has given me an invitation code to share. If you’d like to give the free ChoreMonster system a try, just visit and enter geekmom in the code field at the top of the page. Then follow the instructions to confirm your account.

Let me know what you think of the system. What kind of chores and rewards will you include in your family’s assignments? Do your kids do chores more willingly when it’s kind of like a game?

Caine’s Arcade: Boy + Unlimited Cardboard + Summer Vacation + Hope

Caine in his arcade office

Caine in his office

Caine’s Arcadeis the creation of one Los Angeles 9 year old boy, named Caine. Given a steady supply of cardboard boxes and packing tape, plus a whole summer vacation to fill, Caine built his own arcade. He built the games, complete with calculators for Fun Pass verification (enter the PIN and press the checkmark button, and then make sure the big number matches the one written on the back of the Pass), and manually-operated prize ticket dispensers (he crawls inside the box to push tickets out through the slot when a player wins), and waited for customers.

He got his first customer when Nirvan Mullick stopped by his dad’s auto parts shop. Nirvan was Caine’s only customer, and decided to organize a surprise flash mob to show up and play at Caine’s Arcade.

I hate it when the Internet makes me cry, but I couldn’t help it when I watched how strangers came together to make a little boy smile. His dad doubted that people would show up to a used auto parts shop in East LA. Watch the video and get the whole story. If you want to help Caine, you can get involved at

Caine’s Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

A 9 year old boy – who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto part store – is about to have the best day of his life.

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Directed by Nirvan