How do you get your kids to take responsibility for what needs to be done around the house, build an attitude of service, and erase entitlement in their lives? (That’s not just a rhetorical question; I’ve got two kids under four in my household, and would really like to know.)
Generations of parents have been vexed by such questions as they raised their children, but author and mother Kay Wills Wyma, BBA ’88, has some suggestions based on her family’s experiences. Her deliberate work with her five children, ages 5 to 16, brought about change in her household, replacing entitlement with responsibility and servanthood.
Those results are getting noticed, as her book, Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement, was featured recently on The Today Show. Cleaning House, which currently ranks among Amazon’s top 40 best-selling books on parenting, even sparked some personal introspection from The Today Show hosts after the segment. (Also, take note of Wyma’s daughter’s Lady Bears t-shirt in the video clip.)
In addition to her book, Wyma shares even more thoughts on parenting on her website, TheMOATblog.com (MOAT = Mother Of Adolescents and Teens), and in person as a public speaker at conferences and churches.
Sic ’em, Kay!
[Wyma was followed on The Today Show this week by another Baylor Bear, sophomore Holly Tucker, whose run on NBC's The Voice ended Tuesday night in the final six. Watch video of Tucker on Today here and here.]