We’ve all heard about “kids these days” and the challenges parents face in getting them to be responsible. Why is this so? Is assigning chores a hassle for parents? Are kids expecting extravagant rewards? Are their weekdays so packed with extra activities that they don’t have time to pitch in at home?
We decided to take a deep dive into our data to analyze the state of chores in America. And with over 7 million chores completed in our app, that’s a lot of data to look at! We put some of the most interesting findings into the infographic and press release below. Check it out and let us know if our findings match your experience:
A recent poll found that although 82 percent of Americans did chores growing up, only 28 percent of parents today are assigning those same chores to their children. With that in mind, ChoreMonster took a comprehensive look at the state of chores in America to understand how things are changing at home.
Consulting data gathered from more than seven million chores completed in the ChoreMonster app, the company found some surprising results.
“The demands on today’s parents are greater than ever before, and parents are looking for a way to develop close relationships with their children while simultaneously instilling time-honored values like hard work and responsibility,” said Chris Bergman, Founder and CEO of ChoreMonster. “We’ve found that parents are finding it increasingly difficult to juggle these demands, with many even giving up on assigning chores on a daily basis.”
The data shows that although a majority of children still help out at home (77 percent complete more than one chore weekly), only 2.5 percent complete a chore every single day.
The report also identifies America’s top chores as assigned by parents:
- Brush your teeth
- Make your bed
- Feed the pets
- Put laundry in hamper
- Clean your room
- Pick up clothes
- Clear the table
- Take laundry to the laundry room
- Empty the dishwasher
- Fold and put away laundry
“We were surprised to find that many of the assignments parents are giving their children would likely not have been considered chores by the last generation,” Bergman said. “Children now expect rewards for completing daily tasks as simple as brushing their teeth.”
The data also offers an interesting look at how parents are incentivizing their children to pitch in at home. Unsurprisingly for this generation, “screen time” ranks as the most-requested reward, far surpassing allowances or toys.
Here are the top five rewards parents offer their children:
- 50% – screen time (e.g. “an hour of video games”)
- 14% – allowance
- 11% – snacks (i.e. “extra dessert”, “a trip to the ice cream shop”)
- 6% – toys
- 3% – family outings
“With the holidays approaching, you’d think that toys would be a top demand coming from kids,” Bergman said. “What we’ve seen across our network of parents and children is that what children want most is more time with their devices.”
With children devoting so much time to technology, apps like ChoreMonster are allowing parents new ways to connect with their children.
“As a parent, I wanted to find a way to teach my own children the value of hard work in a way that strengthened family relationships,” Bergman added. “With ChoreMonster, we’ve found a way to make doing chores fun for kids and easy for parents without requiring excessive nagging. We’re excited to see that technology is breathing new life into chores across America.”
ChoreMonster is a suite of web and mobile apps that aims to make chores fun for parents and kids. Kids can earn points by completing chores that they can turn in for real life rewards like ice cream, an hour of Xbox, or even a canoe trip. Parents can enjoy a simple, hassle-free, digital system that takes the tension out of family chores. Learn more at ChoreMonster.com.