Kids and Chores [Video]

I did a Facebook Live video today on Kids and Chores, with the entire second half devoted to kids with early trauma. I’m continuing to love this medium of communicating with you. I hope you like it too.

If you’re someone who doesn’t like videos, I hope you’ll still give it a try and imagine we’re sitting at my table together with mugs of tea, or in the case of this video, sitting on my kitchen floor.

I also did a live video about marriage – lots of tips for sustaining love and commitment throughout the years.

I’m working on uploading all of these videos to my brand new One Thankful Mom YouTube channel. Who knew I would ever have a YouTube channel? If you have experience with setting up a YouTube channel, I would love to ask a couple of questions. Email me at if you don’t mind offering advice.

I’ll be live on FB again tomorrow, Thursday 1/25, at 8:30 AM (PST), talking about shame in the parenting journey.

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Have a great day, friends. Be sure to leave comments and suggestions for me.

Sending you hope and courage for the journey.


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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. Christa Hiebert
    January 24, 2018

    Love these videos!! After you posted the video where you included the “No one is done until everyone is done” idea, we implemented that in our family. Everyone had assigned table chores but with some kids gone for activities, we were always left with holes in the process. This way fills in the gaps and distributes the load more evenly. Thanks for the great suggestion! Everyone is happy.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 24, 2018

      I’m so glad that is helpful, Christa! We had the same problem when I used to assign the dinner clean-up tasks and it was no fun for those of us who picked up the slack. This way evens it all out.

  2. Molly Kitsmiller
    January 25, 2018

    Thanks for these Lisa! I love hearing from you! It’s like a little shot in the arm each time. How can I know when you will be live? Do you send out a pre-video email or text or anything like that?

    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 28, 2018

      I’m glad you like them, Molly! I haven’t been sending emails and I don’t have a set schedule yet. I’m leaning toward T and Th mornings, but we’ll see.


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