Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cleaning House by Kay Wyma

Kay Wyma is the mother of five children and one SUV with a lot of carpool miles.  Driving her son to school one day Kay has an epiphany:  her children don’t appreciate what they have and don’t understand where possessions truly come from.

Dismayed at the attitude of entitlement and the “it’s all about me” syndrome that had crept into her home, Kay gets an attitude of her own.  Cleaning House is her account of a year-long campaign to introduce her kids to basic life skills to become responsible independent adults.  She explains that with the greatest intentions and in the name of love, parents have developed the tendency to hover, race in to save, manipulate, over protect, and enable our kids.  She writes that the message kids are getting is “I love you so let me make life easy for you.”  She decided her message needed to rather be “I love you, I believe in you and I know what you are capable of.”

She begins a 12 month long quest to teach her kids independence and also to teach herself to let them figure things out on their own.  With humor and refreshing insight Kay chronicles the ups and downs of equipping her kids for real life.  This book offers some fresh insight into parenting.

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