Chores: Respect/Inspect

You know the quote that goes, “Children respect the things we inspect,” or something like that?  Chore time this morning seems to be characterized by that.  Fun times at the Qualls house.

I look forward to the day when some of my children will be motivated to do a good job simply because the task is important to the family.  Ambivalence about wanting to be a member of the family compounds this.  Will it ever be simple?  Don’t answer that.

We have a full day of normal life – it feels odd to have productive and relatively calm weekends.

Have a great Saturday, friends.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Emily
    February 2, 2013

    Oh Lisa. I love you. Hug.

  2. Jamie @afamilieslove
    February 3, 2013

    hahahaha we battle that ground daily as well, only our battle is with the one born into the family!! Ah well, it will work out eventually, my mom says it does:-)
    Praying for a great week for you all, and good news from Mt to continue, blessings to you all!

  3. Dawn Wright
    February 4, 2013

    GLAD to know we are not alone in this ongoing struggle that seems to never get better?? OYE! 😉

  4. Elizabeth
    February 4, 2013

    I'm pretty sure they'll "clean up" their acts when they have kids of their own. There is something powerful about wanting to be a good parent that translates into a clean house! Until then, c'est la vie!


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