Thursday, August 16, 2012

Teaching Kids the Skills Needed for Independent Living


Cleaning House is more than just another book about organizing your home.  It is really a book about empowering your children to become competent in important life skills.  A hundred years ago, a typical teen could run a farm or a household.  Now too often we find them clueless about simple things such as savings accounts and laundry.

As a somewhat "free-range" parent, I enjoyed this book.  I see helicopter parents all around me—doing their kid's projects, dousing everything with hand sanitizer, paying their teen's speeding tickets, etc.  I, too, am sometimes guilty of picking up after kids who could pick up after themselves. Wyma's book comes along and brightens my day with her candid accounts of teaching her children to cook, clean bathrooms, get a real job, and throw a party.  She inspires us to give kids the gift of competency.

Well done, Kay Wills Wyma.  The entitlement mentality ends here and now—in our own homes!  I thank Waterbrook Multnomah for sending me a free review copy of this book.

You can read the first chapter here.