Do your kids think that clean, folded clothes magically appear in their drawers? Do they roll their eyes when you suggest they clean the bathroom? Do you think it's your job to pave their road to success? As parents, so often we hover, race in to save, and do everything we can for our kids--unintentionally reinforcing their belief that the world revolves around them.
When Kay Wyma realized that an attitude of entitlement had crept into her home, this mother of five got some attitude of her own. Cleaning House is her account of a year-long campaign to introduce her kids to basic life skills. From making beds to grocery shopping to refinishing a deck chair, the Wyma family experienced for themselves the ways meaningful work can transform self-absorption into earned self-confidence and concern for others.
With irresistible humor and refreshing insights, Kay candidly details the ups and downs of removing her own kids from the center of the universe. The changes that take place in her household will inspire you to launch your own campaign against youth entitlement. As Kay says, "Here's to seeing what can happen when we tell our kids, 'I believe in you, and I'm going to prove it by putting you to work.'"
About the Author
Multiple Audie nominee and Earphones and Parent's Choice Award-winning producer, narrator, and writer Tavia Gilbert has appeared on stage and in film. School Library Journal has called the performances of this highly-acclaimed actress "as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice." She has narrated over 200 multi-cast and solo voice audiobooks.
Michael Gurian is a renowned marriage and family counselor and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-six books. He cofounded the Gurian Institute in 1996 and frequently speaks at hospitals, schools, community agencies, corporations, and churches, and consults with physicians, criminal justice personnel, and other professionals. Gurian previously taught at Gonzaga University and Ankara University. He lives with his wife, Gail, in Spokane, Washington. The couple has two grown children.