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I want to say right up front that I NEVER do this, recommend whole-heartedly a book, all-but-require-it ! But, as a family and parenting coach, I can only say, “Right on!” to Kay Wyma. Almost every family I work with, “normal, healthy” families they are, is struggling with issues of entitlement and declining self-esteem. Taking on chores and responsibilities is not only good for parents, it’s ESSENTIAL for kids’ healthy growth. Ms. Wyma does an excellent job of conveying that message with fun and wisdom. I’m delighted to “prescribe” her book!

Here’s a taste of the publicity she’s getting:

Is Your Home Out of Order? 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.