Being a parent is not easy. We run into all sorts of blahs, in parenthood. One thing I have found in the 10 years that I have been a parent is that a child does better in everything when they are rewarded. Want some help cleaning up, get your children involved, once the task is complete reward them with praises, or even surprises. When Gillian was younger we had a treasure chest, whenever she helped she received a treat.
She loved getting treats so she helped more, this has lead her to be extremely helpful now that she is older. With being homeschoolers when she does good with her schooling, such as a spelling test I like to find different printable certificates. I will take and print them out, sometimes they need colored on some, and I will write her name on them and present them to her.
I personally think this excites her and keeps her pushing for those good grades. In the 5 years we have been home schooling she will do something over and over again until she has it perfect. This started when she was first learning to write, she would erase a letter if it was not perfect. At first this scared me, until I learned after some research it was normal.
How do you reward your children for a job well done?