Meet Dangle, The Perfect Way to Bribe Your Lazy Teenage Kids

Parents know only too well how difficult it is to get the kids to help out around the house. Kids, and especially teenagers, are notoriously lazy at the best of times, particularly when it comes to doing their share of the household chores. Unless, of course, you’re willing to bribe them with some kind of reward to get it done.

Well, the good news is there’s now an app for that. Dallas-based startup Dangle, creator of the app of the same name, wants to help parents to help themselves by providing an easy way to assign household chores and other tasks to absent teenagers.

The app helps moms and dads to create tasks (which could be chores, homework or something else) they wish their kids to complete. Tasks can be assigned a due date too, so the app can even remind the kids that they still have chores doing. Once the task has been done, the child can mark the task complete, at which point mom and dad will be notified so they can verify it really has been done, if necessary.

If that sounds pretty unexceptional, it is. But here’s the clever part: Using the Dangle app, parents can also assign value to each specific task they set their children in order to motivate them to actually do it. The idea here is the value score slowly accrues as each task is completed, to a point where they receive a predetermined reward once their child has performed enough tasks (the rewards can be decided by the parents, with input from the kids if they like).

Dangle was founded by Laramie Mergerson, a Dallas-based entrepreneur, exactly one year ago, and the company is now on the verge of prime time. The Dangle app is still in beta, but parents can head to the website to sign up for early access. Alternatively, those who’re interested in learning even more can actually come to meet the Dangle team in person (along with four other hot Dallas area startups) and enjoy a night of comedy on April 20 at the Dallas Comedy House.

Mike Wheatley