Stop the crazy cycle of complaints and frustration over chores with the Landra and Mothershp apps!
Tampa Bay Moms Blog had the opportunity to participate in the review of a new set of family-centric apps from FamilyTech. Until last week, FamilyTech was the brains behind ChoreMonster, an app that allows families with children between the ages of 4 and 12 to schedule chores and grant rewards on a technology platform instead of the traditional, manual chore chart.
Two new applications, Landra and Mothershp, were launched on August 22, 2016. I volunteered to review Landra, the new app that focuses on chores and rewards for the teenage crowd. With daughters ages 14 and 15, I solidly fit within the target population. I received an email from the head of the company on the 22nd, announcing the launch of Landra, and promptly began the sign-up and account profile processes. There are actually three apps that work together for household ease: ChoreMonster, which millions already know and love; Landra, a more grown-up version of the monster that looses the little kid feel with fewer monsters and much better rewards, and Mothershp.
Mothershp is the command center, the hub that runs both ChoreMonster and Landra. With this umbrella app I could manage all the kids’ chores from one spot. Adding chores is easy. The chore menu contains all the standards from making beds, to washing dishes and taking care of pets. Parents also have the ability to add specialized chores and rewards to fit the needs of the household.
I picked the following chores from the Landra menu and assigned them to the teens:
- Make your bed – every day
- Wash dishes – every other day
- Laundry – once a week
For the 12 year old, I selected similar jobs from ChoreMonster:
- Make your bed – every day
- Feed/water pets – every other day
- Unload/Load dish washer every other day
Once all chores and point values were set up, I gave the girls a quick tutorial on how to use the apps and we all agreed to test for a week. The older girls have smart phones, and Landra was downloaded on their devices while the 12 year old logged in to ChoreMonster on her Kindle and the home PC. Throughout the week, my phone steadily dinged with notifications that chores were done, even at 5:30 am when beds were being made.
The girls found Landra incredibly easy to use and enjoyed the ability to check their chore lists while away from home. Each liked the fact that the point tally changed immediately upon finishing a chore. By Wednesday, a mini competition was in full swing and the teenagers were campaigning to either change chore values or be assigned just one more chore to get closer to a reward.
Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t have a perfect week. There was groaning about having chores at all, I did have to remind a kid or two about their responsibilities, and the girls didn’t always finish their chores. That said, I didn’t have to hound anyone, didn’t have to bargain and wasn’t frustrated at the level of ‘messy’ throughout the house.
Calendaring, email, games and photos all moved to the mobile platform longer ago than our kids can remember. Our high schoolers receive assignments and homework notifications on their smart phones. It only makes sense that chore lists become portable and dynamic. Our family will continue to use Landra, ChoreMonster and Mothership, at least through the end of the year, with the intent to junk our well-used, never-loved, manual chore chart.
A few pointers on the apps as a whole:
- Download Mothershp first and create all children within that platform.
- Create at least a week’s worth of chores at once.
- Work with your children to establish a chore schedule and reward system that works for the family.
- Break up larger chores between children, based on age or ability, or over several days.
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