Take control of the family goings-on with these great smartphone apps, which offer a variety of easy-to-use—even fun—sharing and organizational features. In no time, you can have the family unit running like a Swiss watch.
Best for Chores at Home: ChoreMonster and My Job Chart
Can't persuade Junior to take out the trash or finish his homework? These tools help turn dreaded tasks into games.
Through ChoreMonster's website or app (free, Android, Apple), kids earn points either for prizes that their parents offer (a day at the movies, say, or a book or even hard cash) or for a ticket to an online Monster Carnival, where children spin a wheel, taking their chances at landing on a fun critter or something not so nice, like stinky socks.
After collecting points on My Job Chart (free, Android, Apple), kids can redeem them—one point equals one penny—in one of three ways: They can withdraw from the account (funded by parents), donate money to a charity such as Autism Speaks or make a purchase at Amazon. As for you, Mom and Dad, a raked lawn is all the reward you need.