Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement

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Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement

Format:  Paperback,

184 pages

Publisher: Prestel Pub

Publish Date: Jul 2014

ISBN-13: 9783791347127

ISBN-10: 3791347128

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"Is Your Home Out of Order?"
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Do your kids expect clean folded clothes to magically appear in their drawers? Do they roll their eyes when you suggest they clean the bathroom? By racing in to make their lives easy, have you unintentionally reinforced your children's belief that the world revolves around them?
Dismayed at the attitude of entitlement that had crept into her home, Kay Wyma got some attitude of her own. "Cleaning House "is her account of a year-long campaign to introduce her five kids to basic life skills and the ways meaningful work can increase earned self-confidence and concern for others.
With irresistible humor and refreshing insights, Kay candidly details the ups and downs of equipping her kids for such tasks as making beds, refinishing a deck chair, and working together. The changes that take place in her household will inspire you to launch your own campaign to dislodge your kids from the center of their universe.
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""If you want your children to be more responsible, more self-assured, and more empathetic, "Cleaning House "is for you.""
--Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: May 2012
ISBN-13: 9780307730671
ISBN-10: 0307730670
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 278
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.52
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9780307730671

About the author

Biography of Gurian, Michael

Michael Gurian is an educator, family therapist, and author of fourteen books, including the bestselling The Wonder of Boys, A Fine Young Man, and The Good Son. He is an internationally celebrated speaker and writer whose work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, and other national publications, as well as on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and numerous other broadcast media.

Chapter outline

Forewordp. ix
Introduction: The Epiphanyp. 1
Operation Clutter Control: Starting Simple: Beds and Clutterp. 17
Kitchen Patrol: Discovering the Joys of Cooking-Along with Menu Planning, Shopping, and Washing Dishesp. 39
Grounding Time: Planting, Weeding, and Getting Acquainted with the Great Outdoorsp. 61
Working for a Living: The Search for Gainful Employmentp. 87
Domestic Dirty Jobs: Introducing Lysol, Tilex, Soft Scrub, and the Dreaded Toilet Bowl Brushp. 113
Roll Tide: Diving into Our Family's Dirty Laundryp. 133
The Handyman Can… Or Can He?: Do-It-Yourself Home Repair and Maintenancep. 151
The Entertainers: Party Planning and Hospitalityp. 173
Team Players: The Benefits of Working Togetherp. 193
Runner's World: Equipping Kids for Life's Little Errandsp. 211
It's About Others: Service with a Smilep. 233
Ladies and Gentlemen: Minding Our Mannersp. 251
Conclusion: A Glean Sweep: Tossing Out Entitlement for Goodp. 265
Author's Note: How the Experiment Beganp. 271
Acknowledgmentsp. 273
Notesp. 275

Book description

Is Your Home Out of Order?

Do your kids expect clean folded clothes to magically appear in their drawers? Do they roll their eyes when you suggest they clean the bathroom? By racing in to make their lives easy, have you unintentionally reinforced your children’s belief that the world revolves around them?

Dismayed at the attitude of entitlement that had crept into her home, Kay Wyma got some attitude of her own. Cleaning House is her account of a year-long campaign to introduce her five kids to basic life skills and the ways meaningful work can increase earned self-confidence and concern for others.

With irresistible humor and refreshing insights, Kay candidly details the ups and downs of equipping her kids for such tasks as making beds, refinishing a deck chair, and working together. The changes that take place in her household will inspire you to launch your own campaign to dislodge your kids from the center of their universe.

“If you want your children to be more responsible, more self-assured, and more empathetic, Cleaning House is for you.”

—Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family

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