Thursday, July 18, 2013

Cleaning House: A book review

This book was right up my alley.  In a world where kids feel entitled, my husband and I have been going against the grain and trying to make them productive children.  We want our children to have a purpose, feel useful and needed and important (which they are).  It is nice to know that we are not alone in this endeavor.

A lot of the ideas that Kay Wyma suggested in her book, my husband and I were already doing, but she gave me lots of new ideas also.  Kay told the things that she was trying to teach and instill in  her children, but she also told why she was teaching them this particular task and why she felt it was important to her and to her children.

Kay told true life stories in a fun and humorous way.  She gave a fresh take on a difficult but rewarding task.  I loved the way she could see the  humor in a not so humorous situation.  I could feel her pain having been in similar situations with  my children (wish I could have laughed at myself and the situation at the time).  At the end of each chapter she summed it up with some key points that the children learned and things that she also learned.  This was very insightful.  When I am teaching my children certain skills, I often overlook the lessons that I too learn along the way.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and taking the journey with Kay.  I feel that my task as a parent should not be taken lightly and the hardest jobs to do are usually the most important ones and by taking the easy way out I would just be cheating everybody.  The easy road is not always the best road (actually very seldom is).

This is definitely worth the read.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, but the review and opinions are my own.

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