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An App That Makes You Scream YEAH!!

It’s saturday morning. I have been looking forward to this day for the past two months. I’m proud. And I have this wonderful feeling inside. But, at the same time, I’ve got this other feeling that won’t go away.

I’m scared. I’m worried.

Today is the day when my son is joining the local swimming team. He’s only five, so he won’t start competing just yet. First he’ll have to learn to swim, and that’s really why we decided to ask him if he wanted to join. He said yes, and I’m so proud. At the same time, I’m getting old, because my kids are getting old. I don’t feel old at all. In fact, I feel younger than ever, except when I think. And I think a lot. But the thing is, it’s not about me, it never is, and this makes everything so much easier.

The swimming is all about my son. I want him to be able to swim, and I want him to have fun. But, he can’t seem to focus on one thing for more than eight seconds. It’s going to be interesting to watch him in the water.

His sister is different though. She’s a lot more structured. She’s eight, and the best girl in the world.

They don’t know this, but I have been using inbound marketing to get them interesting in things that they had no idea that they were interested in. That’s things like;

Yes, my son is five years old and he’s behaving (well, most of the time).

That’s because I have an app for that.

The importance of having fun

Like I said, I don’t feel old at all. But when my kids starts running around the house, shouting and throwing things at me, I feel grumpy. Grumpy is a bad sign. To me, it’s a sign of dying, so I hustle to stay smiling. Ah, that reminds me that my daughter is going to celebrate her birthday tomorrow, and we’ve invited 19 kids. I know exactly what’s going to happen. They’ll be running, shouting and throwing things at me. It’s a good thing that I’m working on a plan. It’s going to be a plan to make them all change focus. It’s going to be the inbound marketing plan for kids to stop running, shouting and throwing things, and it’s a plan that’s going to make me included in the party.

I want to be included because I love my kids, and I love to play, and I love contests. I believe that we can and should add fun, play, and contests to everything we do. It doesn’t matter if it’s business, or if it’s my daughter’s birthday party.

My son and my daughter will eat a lot of hot dogs, cakes, and candy, but they’ll still go to bed when I tell them to, and they’ll stay quiet and they’ll be happy too.

That’s because I have an app for that.

There are some rules somewhere

I know the importance of rules. I have been struggling for years to say no. I can still hear; Dad, can I please have another? It doesn’t matter what, I always say yes. They both know and understand the rules, but they also know that I don’t like to stop anything. There are no fun in obeying rules. The fun is in breaking them. So, having rules that doesn’t seem to be rules, is the solution. Rules should be all about fun, play and contests.

This works, because I have an app for that.

Understand how and why

My son is active. My daughter is active. They can hardly sit still for three minutes unless they’re eating ice cream and watching TV while on the couch. My wife doesn’t know. They like to eat ice cream, and if I don’t say no, I’m a firm believer that they won’t stop eating – ever. I have thought about letting them both eat as many ice creams as they possibly can, and see what happens. My dad would say that they’d get sick, and that they’ll learn something, and mayble they’ll end up not wanting ice cream for a very long time. I haven’t tried it. That’s not how I do things.

I don’t have any problems with too much of anything. My kids are still watching TV, they are still very active, but they understand what they should be doing, and why. I believe in turning complex stories into something easy and into a story they’ll remember by using analogies.

The Rewards

It’s just a few hours left until my son will hit the water, and I’ll be watching him swim. I know how proud he’ll be, and I know exactly how he’s going to look at me. His eyes just above the water. His smile will be too big, and he’ll swallow water for sure. It’s going to be so much fun. And then, tomorrow, my daughter’s birthday party. She’s been talking about it for weeks. All her friends will be there. I’ll be running, shouting and throwing things. And they’ll be looking at me as if I’m the strangest dad in the whole world.

The reason why I don’t have to say no anymore. The reason why I can be all fun, and play and go through life with my kids as if everything is just a fun contest, is because I have an app on my iPhone. The best app in the world (Thank you Carolyn for your review) is called iRewardChart.

I installed the app. I talked to my kids, and asked them what kind of rewards they wanted. I added the list of rewards to this app. In order to get the rewards, they need stars. I added how many stars they need. For instance, in order for bowling night to happen, they need 100 stars. They’ll use the stars to “buy” bowling night. I added how they’ll get the stars. For instance, if they go to bed when I say that they should and not complain, they’ll get a star. They know and understand how to get the stars, and how to use the stars. They’ve actually started a business, at five and eight years old. I’m their customer, and if I’m satisfied, they’ll get stars.

I’m not sure if I can remember how life was before iRewardChart, but I know this, it has made a huge difference and iRewardChart is the best app in the world.

30 responses to “An App That Makes You Scream YEAH!!”

  1. Carolyn says:

    Hi Jens, I couldn’t agree more, iRewardChart is indeed the best app in the world! When people ask me if there is an app that will do their dishes, I say Yes! The app works great to teach kids lessons and to get them to make things fun. And who doesn’t love fun?

    What a brilliant idea to use iRewardChart for birthday party contests! Use it on your new iPad and the kids will love to touch, see and hear when they get stars.

    I had never thought of this app as inbound marketing, but you are so right! Very clever.

    Best of luck to your son today and happy birthday to your daughter. All my girls are October babies too.

    Have a great weekend, Jens!

    • Jens says:

      Hi Carolyn,

      I can’t even begin to describe how awesome this app is. I know that I have tried with this post, but my kids just love it, and I love it. It’s so much easier to have fun when we have a common goal. They really want the stars, and they are competing to get the most stars, but at the same time, they are also talking about sharing. For instance, bowling night is 100 stars. They are talking about going bowling when both of them get 50 stars. That’s just brilliant, and it makes me even more happy 🙂

      Thanks again for telling me about iRewardChart.

      Have a great weekend Carolyn.

      – Jens

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  2. Carolyn says:

    One more thing. iRewardChart is also available in the Android Market:

    Android users can now scream, “Yeah!” too!

    • Jens says:

      I didn’t know about that version of the app. I’m so glad that even more people can start using iRewardChart.. even though that they should buy the iPhone 4S 🙂

  3. Eddie Gear says:

    This app is awesome, My sis has this on her tab and she loves it. After I read a review on Carolyn blog, I had to download it for myself. Its fun and keep you motivated.

    • Hi Eddie,

      iRewardChart is fantastic, especially when you have kids. I have thought about using it with my wife, but I’m not sure if she’ll agree with me 🙂

      Hope you’re having an awesome weekend.

      – Jens

      • iRewardChart says:

        Jens, not sure if that’s such a good idea! If it backfires, then you’d be running to put the trash outside, mow the lawn, clean the garage for one star each. Don’t tell I didn’t warn you 🙂

        Thanks for such a wonderful writeup. Cannot thank Carolyn enough for being such a champion of the app.


        • Jens says:

          It might backfire, but it’s worth a try. The kids will run home and ask their parents to download your app… just wait, later today you’ll get 19 new customers from a small town in Norway 🙂

  4. Ameena Falchetto says:

    How cute! BiP is only 17m but she loves my droid … I wonder if I can get some apps for her. Right now she loves YouTube!
    Hope it works for you all!

    • Jens says:

      Hi Ameena,

      My kids loves YouTube too. They used to watch cartoons, now all they watch are music videos 🙂

      I feel like I have teenagers.

      I have some games for them on my iPhone as well, but next to iRewardChart, the best app is Geocaching. It’s perfect for every family.

  5. Ameena Falchetto says:

    I checked out geocaching when I was pregnant – I loved it! We have one just behind our house. It was so much fun. John is amazing at orienteering so he was teaching me how to read a GPS. It rocks!

    • I really suck at everything related to orienteering and GPS, but the app on the iPhone makes it so easy and a lot of fun, anyone can do it, even my kids. They are the ones holding the phone and navigating. I believe that app is also for android 🙂

  6. Bill Dorman says:

    Bribery, imagine that as a parenting model…………:)

    Hopefully the swimming went well; all kids definitely need to know how to swim.

    Thanks for sharing, my kids might be a little old for this.

    • Bribery works great, it’s the new parenting model in Norway 🙂

      The swimming went well, my son had an awesome time. I didn’t know that he was able to swim that well. I was proud and impressed, and I can’t wait until next sunday.

      I don’t think it’s possible to be too old for this app. It all depends on the rewards, what about a new car? 😉

  7. vhien says:

    A confirmation of what rewards can do to make children happy and how they can obey rules. It turns well for you, hope it will for me too.

    • Jens says:

      I’m really happy with iRewardChart, and to me it’s the perfect app for a family. My kids love it, and my wife and I loves it. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it just as much 🙂

      Thanks a lot for your comment.

      – Jens

  8. Ana says:

    You’re not old, Jens! LOL!

    Kids usually respond well to reward systems, star charts and the like. Hope you all enjoyed the swimming and party. It’s so important to be present for those things.

    • Jens says:

      Hi Ana,

      Thanks. I don’t feel old, unless I start to think about it 🙂

      The swimming and the party was brilliant. The kids had a blast, and I’m so glad that I was able to be at both.

      – Jens

  9. Adrienne says:

    So it’s Monday when I’m leaving this comment Jens and I hope the swimming lesson was a success. I also hope you lived through the birthday party and your daughter and her friends had a great time. Ah, that’s what being a Dad is all about.

    I bet this app is great for your kids. I remember reading Carolyn’s review as well. I’ve only downloaded a few apps myself but I can see where a lot of these are really very handy!

    I have no doubt your kids will be the best behaved on the street if you’re able to entice them with rewards! Great job Dad!

    • Jens says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      We had a wonderful time, and I’m so proud of my son. He was swimming like a … well, like a fish. He didn’t notice me at all. He was so focused. My daughter and her friends almost trashed the house, but they had a blast. We had them eating on the floor, instead of by the table, and that was something they’d never done before. It was awesome.

      iRewardChart is the perfect app for me. It makes my life so much easier, and because of this app, I have the time to write more, because my kids actually go to sleep now 🙂


      – Jens

  10. Ruth - The Freelance Writing Blog says:

    Wow – I didn’t know about this app, but it sounds wonderful! My kids (and I have five of them!) are mostly older so I’m not sure if a reward chart would have quite the same impact with tweens and teens. My youngest is only 7, so it might be worth trying with him. What’s striking about your post Jens is that the good, old fashioned notion of checks and balances, rewards and consequences is ultimately what works best. Sounds like you have wonderful kids! Enjoy the swimming lesson and the party.

    • Jens says:

      Hi Ruth,

      You should definitively try iRewardChart Ruth. My daughter is 8 and it works great with her. I bet it works with any kid, it would work with me. I just need the right reward 🙂

      Rewards and consequences is what works, I’m just so bad at saying no, so I’m really glad that I have an app to help me 🙂

  11. Mouh says:

    It sounds really great especially if you have kids. And you can use it if you don’t obey your own rules! This is just amazing. I don’t agree with you and Carolyn, it sounds like the best app in the world!

    • Jens says:

      Hi Mouh,

      I haven’t thought about using it for my own rules, but that actually makes sense. I can be given myself stars in order, and rewards. For instance, this app might be a great app for weight loss 🙂

      Thanks a lot for your comment Mouh.

  12. olatoun-graceny says:

    Jen, really wish its available in my country may be it is?… can it work on my BB?… I have a every active 17Months old son hope to have a iRewardChart by his 2nd birthday…

    • Jens says:

      I believe iRewardChart is available everywhere, at least as long as you have access to app store and android market. I don’t know much about BB, but it’s an android isn’t it, if so, iRewardChart will work.

      The iRewardChart is awesome for my kids, and I bet it will be perfect for your son as well 🙂

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  14. AstroGremlin says:

    The app looks great and has the benefit of being entirely predictable. Studies have shown that any true system of reward and punishment, as long as it is consistent, is better than a “whim-based” parent decision-maker. As chaotic as they seem, kids seek order and respond to routine. Rewards are tremendously important to guide successful behavior (which results in enjoyment, fulfillment, fun). With rewards, you can motivate almost anyone.

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