Once upon a time Kay Wills Wyma had a revelation; she realized that there was a huge sense of entitlement among her kids and she realized that she’d played a big part in creating an environment that fostered that attitude. It became her mission to rid her household of that sense of entitlement and help her kids learn to become more independent and responsible. Her efforts became known as the Experiment, a 12-month long quest to teach her kids to be more self reliant and teach herself to take a backseat and let them figure out life on their own. Cleaning House chronicles her experiences during the Experiment, recording the funny experiences alongside those that made her realize things she needed to change about herself.
This book really got me thinking about our society and in general and the sense of entitlement that is so prevalent in our culture. So much of the problem stems from how kids are being raised; from day one everything is done for them and they are not held responsible or accountable for the own actions. Kids are being raised to be dependent on others instead of being able to do the simplest things on their own, I believe this is setting our kids up for failure and disappointment in the real world once they leave the safety of home. In this book, Kay Wills Wyma tries her best to tackle this issue and teach her kids to become more independent and self-sufficient. There are some great lessons to be learned from this book, as well as ideas to try with your own kids to help instill such values in their life. Though I tend to think that I try and keep my kids accountable for their actions, this book revealed areas that I need to work on as well. Thank you Kay for helping me to see things I’d never thought of before! I’d highly recommend this book to any parent who wants to raise their children to become responsible, productive members of society, rather than those who feel they should have everything handed to them on a silver platter.
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Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.