When I first saw the title of my latest read, Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement, I knew it was something I had to have. Yes, my kids are only 6 and 3, but I feel like we are already sinking into this whole entitlement thing.
Kay Wills Wyma, mom of 5, and author of Cleaning House and the MOAT Blog, came to the realization that her parenting style needed to change the day her 14 year-old son informed her that when he turned 16, he was getting a Porsche.
While trying to figure out how her son had developed such a selfish mindset, she realized, to her surprise, that instead of teaching her kids how do things for themselves, she was doing everything for them, and in turn, it made them come to feel as if that service was their birthright.
After putting her Experiment (what she called her plan to train her kids in the arts of cooking, laundry, and household management) into place, she discovered that by making her children work, she was no longer giving them the implied message that she didn’t believe in their abilities. They were now accomplishing things on their own and finding a new self-confidence, because their mom had communicated to them that she believed that they were capable and smart.
While dishing out the eye-opening message that every parent today needs to hear, Kay delivers it in a funny and relatable way. I felt as if I were reading an email from a close mom friend…Kay obviously knows what she is talking about because she has experienced all the things that I’m now going through!
All-in-all, I was so glad that I found this book…it gave me many hours of entertainment, and a way to help my kids stay out of that entitlement mentality.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.