Singapore – A new App for families has been touted to bring about peace in the home. Child of the Week is an exciting new App that will help households run more smoothly and prevent arguments over those little things, like whose turn it is to choose a movie to watch or sit in the front seat of the car.
Child of the Week is a concept that creates harmony and peace in the busy lives of families by helping parents manage their children. Created by Rachael Cox, an Australian mother of four who was looking for a way to minimise sibling rivalry, the App is now available to download from iTunes.
“I so clearly remember when my oldest two children Jemima and Jacob were six and five years old and I asked them how their day was, they both wanted to blurt out everything straight away, bombarding me with their stories and list of activities. They were talking over each other and became frustrated and started to argue.
“That was it, I thought there has got to be a better, fairer way and they need to learn to take turns,” said Rachael.
Ten years on, Rachael’s children now range in age from nine to seventeen years and the system still works very well.
“I wasn’t sure how it would work with older children but it’s even better because the teenagers know what is expected and they are both onboard.”
Child of the Week works on a rotational basis, where all children, from youngsters to teens, get to be the leader (within boundaries) in the home, for the week. It provides children with the important role of decision maker within the household. They benefit from the perks and work for the chores.
By programming perks and chores, and participating in family discussions, the application brings families together through shared, rotational responsibilities, chosen by the parent, specifically for each child.
Rachael says the system teaches the children fairness, equality and understanding, and gives each child a sense of achievement. Each child gets a turn at being Child of the Week, increasing their self esteem by empowering them with responsibility.
“Chores could include setting and clearing the table, stacking and unstacking the dishwasher, making their bed, getting letters from the letter box, whatever works for your family. For older kids, mowing the lawn, driving the car or looking after younger siblings may apply,” she said.
“The advantage of this concept is they also get perks such as sitting in the front or middle seat in the car, being dropped at school first, choosing what to have for dinner, choosing where to go for dinner, what movie to watch, what family outing to go on, spending one on one time with Mum ad Dad, or using the computer first,” said Rachael.
“Initially I talked about it to lots of people and they began to use the method and realised it worked for them too. So I came up with the idea of an App to make it readily accessible to everyone who wants it,” said Rachael.
“Children love being Child of the Week because they feel empowered. It promotes maturity by teaching them about leadership and patience. It also teaches respect as they must respect the other child’s decision.
“It’s fantastic from a parent’s point of view too as there are no fights or arguments, I love that it brings a sense of calm to the house. It is also a great way to connect with your children. I truly love spending quality time with each child and sometimes we forget to put aside that special time.”
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 4.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Child of the Week 1.0.2 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.
Cox Creative was started in Singapore in 2013. Child of the Week is the first app the company has released and they are looking forward to releasing more in the future. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013-2014 Cox Creative. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.