Having triplets, I have lived on the reactive side of things for so long. I struggle now to become more proactive. Just in little things, in big things, in life!
I had the opportunity to review a digital copy of Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma. The tag line "mom's 12 month experiment to rid her home of youth entitlement" grabbed my attention. This fit what I was looking for - to be proactive!
She covers a wide variety of topics. Clutter, kitchen, cleaning, grounding, etc. I think she hit the nail on the head that we sometimes do TOO MUCH for our kids and are doing them a disservice.
The conjecture was funny, and the frustration humorous. Since my kids are quite a few years away from being of "youth" age, I feel some of the jokes were lost on me. I don't have the snarky teens in my home (and I hope that doesn't come - fingers crossed!!). My kids actually LIKE to help out. I feel my husband and I give our kids different ways to help around the house - because they are a part of our family. Not because we will pay them. This booked helped me see some other areas I can currently add to their skill set, and also extra help for when they get older.
I believe your kids aren't your servants, nor the other way around. I feel responsible to teach my three boys how to live on their own, and also pull their own weight in a marriage. I welcome any books that will help encourage my little boys grow up to be gentlemen.
On a separate note, the author Kay Wills Wyma has a blog "Because a mother of an adolescent teen should never walk (or drive) the road alone." Check it out!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.I do not have to give a favorable review.
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