Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma

Tara’s Non-Fiction pick:

0307730670(WaterBrook Press, 2012)

Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement   by Kay Wills Wyma

I read a review about this book in a magazine and decided I had to read it. I’m only half way though it, Month 6 in the experiment, and I’m loving this book. She seems disorganized, though not as much as I am. She’s relatable unlike a lot of the organizational books I’ve tried to read that tend to make me angry.

Kay Wills Wyma is a stay-at-home-mom with 5 children ranging in age 3 – 14. Her epiphany comes while she is driving her children to school and her 14 year old son asks her if he’d look better in a Porsche or a Maserati. He decides the Porsche is the car he wants for his 16th birthday. She realizes in this moment and a few others in the following days that she’s made an error in her parenting somewhere along the way.

She is now a mom on a mission. her mission is to try to teach her children that the washroom, clothes and dishes don’t clean themselves. That there is a cost to the food put on the table and how to prepare that food. As well as many other things she feels her children should know before they go off into the world on their own.

This book is funny, enlightening and giving this mom some hope for the future of my two boys. I’m looking forward to reading about the next 6 months of this mom’s experiment. I’ll try to read quickly so others have a chance to enjoy Cleaning House!

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