WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — How many times do you have to nag your kids to make their bed or do the dishes?
One Wilmington couple designed an app where parents can make sure their kids are actually doing their chores, plus pay them for their hard work straight from their phone.
In the age of technology they thought it was the perfect way to engage their kids.
“You know, you want the old and the new to match,” Chorez Co-Founder Christine Robichau said. “Everyone has a phone. It’s all in the digital age.”
Christine and Peter Robichau created the Chorez app, which you can download right to your iPhone or Android.
“Once you’ve set it up, you don’t have to go get a new chore chart,” she said.
With four kids and a busy schedule, Christine says nowadays, it’s hard to make sure her kids stick to their chores.
With the Chorez app, she says you can customize your own list of chores. From there, each child can look at what chores are available each day and how much they can earn.
Peter says that to make sure their kids are staying on top of the work, his son takes a “before” picture, then an “after” picture to prove that he did the job.
“It really is just a minute or so of looking at the app and saying, ‘I approve this,’” he said. “You can look at the before and after picture to determine if it was done well. One of the problems with with parents is, ‘Did the kids do their chores? They’re all checked off on the refrigerator, right?’”
Peter says you can then pay your child with the push of a button. When you download the app, he says you can get a prepaid Mastercard for each person and transfer money from your bank account to your each card right from the app.
“These cards basically allow you to send money back and forth like Venmo, or PayPal, or any of those, but within your family,” he said.
Christine and Peter say the app keeps their son accountable and also let’s him see what he’s earning.
“For the kids to see that ‘I’ve got a photo here of work that I’ve done, that I’ve done well,” she said. “I can see how I’m earning things.’ It’s not something I have to chase after the kids for because it’s all right there. They just see their list every day and once they get it and I approve it, the money goes into their account.”
Christine says the premium version of the app is $59.99 a year. She says there is also a free version if you just want to try out the basic features.
One special feature on the Chorez app called “fair share” let’s you split the yearly cost of the app with your children, which acts as a small tax that’s taken out of your child’s earnings.