Do you ever feel entitled to that meal with zero interruptions? How about that weekend getaway? Maybe a comfy bed to rest your head on after a long hard day? I know I do. A lot! Lately I am learning that I really struggle with comfort as an idol. So, why wouldn't I feel that I deserve all those things or a little comfort after a long hard day with the kids and house work? Here's the problem, if my littles learn mostly by watching what I do versus learning from what I say... I am in deep doo doo. Deep! As I wrestle through my issues, I figure I'll give sweet Kay Wyma's book, Cleaning House, a read. Not only will I learn something to help my littles, but I'm quite sure there's something in there for me as well.
Kay is a women's bible study leader at my church, the writer of The MOAT Blog and an insanely funny woman. Like, laugh out loud funny. She recently did a 12 month experiment on ridding her home of youth entitlement and then wrote a book about it. Genius! Many of my friends have read the book and say it's great. Kay is getting a ton of press too - good press. So it's official, I'll be adding this gem to my Nook this weekend. Wanna read it with me? Come on, let's laugh and learn together.
Here are a few other ways to reduce some things around your house...
REDUCE ELBOW GREASE:
Just when I thought my littles weren't that bad, I took a trip to the mall. Big mistake. Huge! There is no better place for your littles, or us bigs, to get a case of the gimmes. "Can we get a lego keychain?" (they don't even drive or have access to our house without us...why on earth do they need an accessory that holds keys?) "Can we get our ice cream now?" (as if the word "treat" had even left my lips, pretty sure I had said nothing because I was too busy stuffing my face with Chick-fil-A.) "How about a cookie?" Really? Really? Non-stop wantings/entitlement - fo' realz. Geeze, I gotta buy this book tonight! Forget the weekend... I am clearly already in deep doo doo.
How do you keep the "gimmes" at bay? (aka give me this, give me that...) xo