If you have children, or you’ve been a child, you’ve probably been on the giving or receiving end of the classic “why should I have to do this” eye roll. If you’re a parent, you’ve probably experienced frustration at some point when trying to involve your children in chores. Let’s face it, sometimes it’s just easier to do the job yourself and spare the hassle…but what are you doing to your kids?
Kay Wyma went on a mission to teach her kids basic life skills (bed making, cooking, cleaning) and to weed out an entitled attitude that had taken root in her home. She tackled one aspect of home making each month and along the way discovered as much about herself as a parent as she did about teaching her children. Her discoveries are presented in a fun, witty and very readable manner that may inspire you to rethink some of your parenting habits. Kay shares her insights sprinkled with comments from her readers and friends on how they tackle similar problems at home. Note: this is not as much a “how to” book as an honest and open look at the problems, pitfalls and triumphs of her year-long “experiment.”
Let’s face it, our future is in the hands of the next generations (they’ll be choosing our nursing homes, after all) and the best gift we can give them, and ourselves, is to equip them to be capable, responsible adults. “Cleaning House” will give you a fresh perspective and, who knows, maybe even a cleaner house!
This book was provided to me by WaterBrook Multnomah for this review as part of their Blogging for Books program. (My opinions, however, are entirely my own!)