I have blogged many times about how order escapes me. Now that three of my kids are grown, I remind myself that they turned out well in spite of my quirky disorganized ways. Besides, I tell myself, I have ten kids, and who (except Mrs. Duggar) could be organized with ten kids? Nevertheless, I am constantly trying to improve my methods, and this week I reviewed a book that is truly helpful.
Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma takes a new approach to organization. She goes an impressive step further--not only helping her five kids to get organized, but also helping them to get over themselves.
The subtitle of the book is : A Mom's 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement. It all started on the drive to school when her teenage son asked her which car she thought he would look best in, casually observing the cars around him. When he concluded that a Porsche was the best fit, Wyma saw the entitlement attitude waving a huge red flag. But she didn't just sigh or roll her eyes, she responded with an action plan.
Growing up privileged ("one of those" she describes herself), she was still taught the value of hard work. "But somehow I came to realize I haven't been equipping them to embrace those truths," she admits. In her book, Cleaning House, she lets all of us in on just how she did it.
Wyma's approach is to divide and conquer: divide the house into twelve parts and require her kids to own each piece for a month. Her plan is doable, digestible and humorously disagreeable to her kids.
If you're ready to get down to the nitty-gritty on what we parents are really supposed to be teaching our kids, pick up the book--and start Cleaning House at your house.