Children and Household Chores | Mom Minute

This week’s Mom Minute episode for The Mom’s View is about child discipline regarding household chores and grades.

I do get asked this question fairly often, and it has absolutely nothing to do with hairstyles. Many fans, particularly moms, write in asking how it is that I can manage a clean house with six children underfoot.

Child Discipline | Mom MinuteWell, I can honestly share that it is not easy, and we certainly have our days when it looks like a tornado passed through. But, by and large, we do maintain a fairly clean home. It helps a lot that my husband and I are on the same page with respect to clutter and cleanliness, and the children learn mostly by example.

Shaun and I do have certain tactics that we found have worked for us through the years, to help our children keep their rooms clean, from the ages of toddlers on up to teenage hood, like our twins. There are other tactics we use to help motivate our kids to study and get good grades. The video below goes through a few fan questions regarding this topic, and I provide my answers based upon what we do in the CGH household.

Please recognize that every household is different, and each child is different. What I suggest below may not work for some children, but they are working for mine. These ideas are to serve as examples of what we do that may offer a base structure for you in your own home, a structure that would be tailored to your situation.


Please be sure to comment here with your suggestions for discipline/rewards for everyday household chores as well as your child’s behavior and grades.

Happy Parenting!

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  1. I’d like to see in next video if you know the montessori method or positive discipline? Already applied it in your children? What you think about it?

  2. For chores what works wonders in my experience is the classic star chart, where when you fill up the chart, you get a treat.
    She gets a specific list of chores that can earn a star if she does them, and it is up to her to remember and do herself. She does great with that

  3. I loved the video, but there was a REALLY loud weird sound in the background…. like walking on leaves or crushing paper. Very distracting.

    1. Sorry, I just realized the sound was coming from MY COMPUTER!! LOL!! My kids had a video open in another tab that had animal sounds on it, and it was a giraffe eating leaves. LOL!!

      1. Hahahaha… too funny! I never know, sometimes you can hear neighbor’s lawnmowers or power washers in the background. We live in a new neighborhood, so I am surprised you didn’t hear hammering in the background, either! Have a good one!

  4. We just started a coupon reward system in our house. The kids earn tokens for good behavior, grades, doing their chores, etc. and they can cash the tokens in at the end of the week for coupons. There are also consequence coupons they have to do if they are bad or do not follow directions at school or home etc. So far this is working pretty good.

  5. I’m older now (24), but one thing that continues to help me achieve higher grades (I’m in graduate school now) and other achievements is my parents’ acknowledgement and involvement. Even if all they do is smile and mention something I’ve accomplished, or we go out to a special dinner, or they ask how I did on an exam and I get to talk about a good grade, anything like that helps me to continue achieving more.

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