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4.0 out of 5 stars Author shares good insights, June 18, 2012
This review is from: Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement (Paperback)
This book isn't specifically a "how-to" book, or a step-by-step manual that tells us exactly what to do and how to do it. It is more of a journal, of sorts, from a mother explaining what SHE did, how her kids reacted, and about the obstacles they faced. She spent an entire year teaching her kids, from the youngest to the oldest (ages 4-14), how to do various chores, tasks, and services by choosing one thing each month to focus on. Things like:

Making beds and keeping clutter off the floor
Planning and cooking a meal, cleaning up kitchen afterwards
Working outdoors (planting flowers, weeding, mowing, etc.)\
Making income
Cleaning the bathrooms
Laundry
Small maintenance/repair jobs around the home
Hospitality
Working as a Team
Running errands
Service to others
Good manners

There are several Scripture references mentioned through-out the book. One I especially liked came from Matthew 22, and was mentioned in chapters 11 and 12: "Love your neighbor as yourself." This, I believe, was the basic premise of the entire book - to teach our children to think of others rather than themselves. The author says in chapter 12, "At the core of today''s youth entitlement problem is a generation of kids and young adults convinced - dare we admit, trained to believe - that the world does, in fact, revolve around them. The simple remedy: teach them to consider others ahead of themselves."

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It had a humorous tone to it while giving me helpful insights and suggestions. But, most of all, it reminded me that I am not being a "slave driver" by teaching my kids how to work and survive independently in this world.

NOTE: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for review purposes.
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