Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Book Review: Cleaning House

Kay Wills Wyma's book Cleaning House: A Mom's 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement is a great book.  After reading it, I felt hope for my own household!

After a conversation with her oldest son, the author realizes the strong sense of entitlement that has engulfed her household.  Looking to make her children productive members of the home (and society), she develops an experiment to develop skills she wants them to have before leaving home.  In the process, the children learn to take their eyes of themselves and focus on others.  Wyma learns that there is hope for the enabling parent as well. She shows what happens when we allow our children to help even though it is easier, quicker, and less messier to do it ourselves. 

During the experiment, the children take lessons in housecleaning, cooking, hosting parties, and running errands among other tasks.  In each chapter, she details the task at hand with examples of how it all played out.  Wyma also includes tips from other moms and experts and what she and her children learned that month. 

As a mom who finds it difficult to relinquish control and who has silently encouraged her children to not take part in chores, I fully appreciated this book.  There is hope for us! I highly recommend this book for families looking to help their children grow and split up the household chores. 

I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of an honest review from WaterBrook Press.

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