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How to Get Your Kid to Do Chores

(Photo: Ruthie Hansen)

There’s a new iPad app for parents to incentivize children to do chores. HighScore House! sets up a market for parents and children to assign points to chores and exchange those points for rewards.

Co-founder Kyle Seaman tells us that they’ve tracked 150,000 tasks from about 6,000 users in their beta version (full version will launch in a couple months).

HighScore House! shared some data with us: 43 percent of their users are kids between 5 and 9 years old, with an average task completion rate of 54 percent. Girls have a 2 percent higher completion rate than boys. In general, kids seem to favor low-hanging fruit: lower value tasks (usually easier ones) have a higher completion rate.

Here are the top 10 tasks on HighScore House:

  1. Brush teeth (AM)
  2. Make bed
  3. Homework
  4. Bath time
  5. Laundry
  6. Clean your bedroom
  7. Help cook
  8. Wash the dishes
  9. Feed the dog
  10. Brush teeth (PM)

And the top 5 rewards:

  1. Video games and video game time
  2. Staying up late
  3. TV time
  4. Allowance
  5. Special treat