Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cleaning House

From the back of the book:  "Do your kids expect clean folded clothes to magically appear in their drawers?  Do they roll their eyes when you suggest they clean the bathroom?  By racing in to make their lives easy, have you unintentionally reinforced your children's belief that the world revolves around them?

Dismayed at the attitude of entitlement that had crept into her home, Kay Wyma got some attitude of her own.  Cleaning House is her account of a year-long campaign to introduce her five kids to basic life skills and the ways meaningful work can increase earned self-confidence and concern for others.

With irresistible humor and refreshing insight, Kay candidly details the ups and downs of equipping her kids for such tasks as making beds, refinishing a deck chair, and working together.  The changes that take place in her household will inspire you to launch your own campaign to dislodge your kids from the center of their universe."

My review:  Cleaning House is an extremely practical book!  Kay Wyma details exactly what she did to teach her children responsibility around the house.  Each month of the year she introduced a new task or responsibility for her children to learn.  This is a book full of humor as Mrs. Wyma shares the reactions, failures, and successes that her children experience.  Scattered throughout the book is advice and ideas from other experienced moms that Mrs. Wyma looks up to.  These were also very helpful.  At the end of each chapter Mrs. Wyma shared briefly what she and her children had learned that month.  As a mother of three, I was encouraged to continue incorporating daily chores into the lives of my children.  There are many ideas that I look forward to trying and many things that I had not thought to have my children do at such a young age.  This is a book that I will keep close at hand and refer to often.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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