Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Book Review: Cleaning House: A Mom's 12 Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement

My latest parenting book read has been: Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma and I loved it!  Seriously LOVED it!  I enjoyed it so much I contacted the author about doing a giveaway of the book for my readers.  She grasiously agreed and sent me two copies to give to you! 

The premise of this book intreagued me because I feel that so many people (kids and adults alike) feel that they are entitleed to what they want. They want what the want, and they want it now!

The author begins be creating a list of 12 things she wants her children to learn before they leave the house.  The list included things like how to make a bed and maintain an orderly room, how to cook a meal and clean the kitchen, how to work together, and 9 others.  Each month for a year she (and her family) worked on one of these goals.

I loved that this book offered concrete ways and examples of things that any family can do to help their kids learn the value of work and taking ownership of themselves.  Kay's children range in age from 4-14, so there was something for's never too early to start teaching our children to work and serve.

And Kay's writing stlye is captivating and hilarious.  I found myself inspired and laughing outloud as I read.  I read the last chapter with my husband and he enjoyed it as well, suggesting that we read it again out loud together!  I recommend this book to every mom and dad out there!

I hope you enjoy this book too, go enter the giveaway here!

Next on my parenting books to read: The Entitlement Trap: How to Rescue Your Child with a New Family System of Choosing, Earning, and Ownership (notice a theme here?) :)

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own.