001: Getting Unmotivated Kids to Help // Candi Kidd

As moms, we all know what it's like to say, "Okay, it's time to clean up the kitchen!"...and the kids scatter and disappear like autumn leaves in the wind.

We've heard the whining and the excuses. And is my son the only child who loses the ability to walk at precisely the moment that he's asked to help--and ends up flopping around on the carpet instead of carrying plates over from the table?

This week on the 3 in 30 podcast, Candi Kidd, a mother of three young children who reads books and takes courses on home management and family systems, shares three practical strategies that we can use to motivate our kids to help around the house.

Listen in to discover...

  • How single-tasking outloud can help our kids (and us!) breakdown overwhelming tasks
  • How a celebration blitz can ramp up the positive energy and motivation in our homes
  • How to use the tiny habits to make family contributions just a part of the routine

You won't want to miss hearing Candi explain each of these three tools, and when you try them in your home, please let us know via social media or a comment on this post! We'd love to hear if it's working for you.

Show Notes

Tiny Habits for Moms website and course, Linda Fogg-Phillips

TED talk by BJ Fogg "Forget big change, start with a tiny habit"

Wendy Joy Hart, Life Coach

Easy button from Staples

Photos by Cate Johnson



  1. Holly Pieper on 10/18/2017 at 12:44 AM

    That was great!

    • Rachel Nielson on 10/23/2017 at 4:12 AM

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!! Let me know if you use any of the takeaways and how they work with your family!

  2. Merry on 10/24/2017 at 3:58 PM

    I listened to the intro and Episode 001 tonight. I LOVE the idea for this podcast and can’t wait to see what topics you’ll be covering. I’d love to see the topics of family traditions, fostering a growth mindset in children, teaching kids about money, or postpartum depression/anxiety/OCD (could be a series of episodes on these).

    • Rachel Nielson on 10/25/2017 at 5:33 AM

      Such great ideas!!! I will add them to my list!! I know people who I feel could address almost all of those topics–but I don’t know anyone who I feel like could talk about growth mindset. Do you have any ideas for me? How awesome would it be if I could get Carol Dweck?? I should just try!

      • Merry on 10/31/2017 at 6:11 PM

        You should totally try! I don’t know anyone who’s an expert in that. I am trying to do this with my own kids, so I’ve done a little reading about it, but I’d love to learn more.

  3. Emily on 11/07/2017 at 9:01 AM

    I listened to this last night and I already feel more motivated to get my kids involved. Really helpful take-always. Thank you.

    • Rachel Nielson on 11/07/2017 at 9:21 PM

      Thank you so much for listening and taking the time to comment!

  4. Tawnie on 11/13/2017 at 2:48 PM

    Needed this! Thank you so much!

    • Rachel Nielson on 11/23/2017 at 12:21 PM

      I am so glad it was helpful!!!

  5. Kitzia on 01/10/2018 at 12:45 AM

    Love it! Thank you!

  6. Kary Clark on 02/18/2018 at 5:25 PM

    Finally listened to this, and it resonated not only with me as a mom but also as someone with ADHD. This was terrific… thanks, Rachel! <3

    • Rachel Nielson on 02/18/2018 at 10:40 PM

      Oh I’m so glad! I love the tips here and use them often!! xoxo

  7. Cat on 02/23/2018 at 8:47 AM

    I loved you and Candi’s discussion, I would love a podcast for the messy mother

    • Rachel Nielson on 02/26/2018 at 12:20 AM

      Yes, that one is in the works! I definitely need it!!! Thanks so much for commenting!

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