Monday, July 9, 2012

Cleaning House: A Review

About The Author:

Is Your Home Out of Order?
Do your kids think that clean, folded clothes magically appear in their drawers? Do they roll their eyes when you suggest they clean the bathroom? Do you think it’s your job to pave their road to success? As parents, so often we hover, race in to save, and do everything we can for our kids—unintentionally reinforcing their belief that the world revolves around them.
When Kay Wyma realized that an attitude of entitlement had crept into her home, this mother of five got some attitude of her own. Cleaning House is her account of a year-long campaign to introduce her kids to basic life skills. From making beds to grocery shopping to refinishing a deck chair, the Wyma family experienced for themselves the ways meaningful work can transform self-absorption into earned self-confidence and concern for others.
With irresistible humor and refreshing insights, Kay candidly details the ups and downs of removing her own kids from the center of the universe. The changes that take place in her household will inspire you to launch your own campaign against youth entitlement. As Kay says, “Here’s to seeing what can happen when we tell our kids, ‘I believe in you, and I’m going to prove it by putting you to work.’”

You can read an excerpt of Cleaning House online here.

About The Author:

Kay Wills Wyma has five kids, ages four to fourteen, and one SUV with a lot of carpool miles. She holds a bachelor's from Baylor University and an MIM from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). Before transitioning to stay-at-home mom, she held positions at the White House, the Staubach Company, and Bank of America. She and her husband, Jon, live with their family in the Dallas area.

My Review:

As a mom of two, there are two life lessons that I hope to instill in my children. One is that one does not always get what they want, and two, that we need to work to get those things that we do want. Children learn entitlement from the adults in their lives, and then we wonder why all we hear from our kids is "I want this" or "I want that". 

One mom, Kay Wills Wyma, decided to nip her kids sense of entitlement in the bud, and her book, Cleaning House, documents her year long journey to do so. 

It is a great read, and gives parents all types of ideas and tips to teach children valuable life skills, like learning to cook, running errands, and clean a bathroom. In all there are 12 areas and each chapter includes scripture references and humor to help rid your child of the idea that the world revolves around them. The book is written to be used for all children, and I am hoping to use a few of her ideas with my girls (ages 4 and 5.5 years). 

The writing style of Wyma is very conversational, and the book itself is a quick read, but yet not like any other "parenting" book I have ever read. I have highlighted and underlined a lot of the book, and its on my list of gift ideas for new parents that I know. I truly believe that it is one book  that all parents needs to read. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Cleaning House at your favorite bookseller, from Waterbrook Multnomah

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Waterbrook Multnomah and Lovell-Fairchild Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

1 comment:

  1. I've heard great reviews on this book!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts as well.. I'll be putting it on my wishlist!