image courtesy FamDoo
To each child his own allowance, and to each parent the constant shortage of small bills to pay out that allowance, as well as poor star-chart updating skills.
Enter Famdoo, “the modern allowance”, the latest Twin-Cities developed app to help a parent out. This one is from Minneapolis poppa Mark Lacek and family. Mark helped to invent other loyalty programs, including a little something called WorldPerks from Northwest Airlines.
Essentially, Famdoo streamlines the allowance game with technology, with a loyalty twist. You download the app for iOS (Android is coming), then set up profiles of your family members. Add the kids’ chores—from a general list that includes such jobs as “Walk the dog,” to your own custom-created chores, like “Rub mom’s shoulders after work” or “Check mom’s Twitter feed for things she should respond to” or “Call for extra-large pizza”.
Kids earn points for completing these chores, just like they’d earn stars on the star charts of yore. These points can then be redeemed for stuff kids want, from partners Target, Amazon, iTunes, and Best Buy. Points can also be saved, or shared.
FamDoo estimates point values for you in a way they say is roughly equal to $3.00 an hour, depending on how long it takes your child to complete a task.
If the task is shoveling the driveway when it’s below zero outside, it might be a little faster than average. Cleaning a bedroom, however, is likely to take much, much longer.