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

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Parents often hover, race in to save, and do everything for kids. When Wyma realized that an attitude of entitlement had crept into her home, this mother of five got some attitude of her own. This is her account of a year-long campaign to introduce her kids to basic life skills.

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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The Crown Publishing Group
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Kay Wills Wyma
Publication Date
May, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.00 x 5.20 x 0.70 Inches

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Each month this mom ha...

Each month this mom has a new task for her kids to take on in her quest to tame the entitlement beast. From dishes to laundry, from big projects to serving others, Ms. Wyma discovers that not only do her kids have more ability than she realized, but there are unanticipated benefits from teaching her kids to be more competent. I liked the subtle references to the author's faith and how it informed their family life.

A quick read and a gre...

A quick read and a great book that might just change your perspective on parenting. We want so much for our kids, but it's easy to turn that into doing too much for our kids such that they never learn the real value of work or service to others. Whether it's "sparing" them from the mundane tasks of daily life so they can focus on more "important" things or just plain lacking the patience let them try at things we could do faster and better, we do nothing for their development as future adults if we're always doing FOR them. We owe it to our kids to give them meaningful work while they're in our care so they can learn about taking responsibility and having to do hard things that need to be done. Even if your kids already have chores in their daily lives, this book is well worth the read because the author goes beyond the basics of cleaning your room and taking out the trash. There are important lessons to be learned in service to others, being a member of a team, and having a basic respect for others. This book has inspired me to be a better dad and to ensure that I send my kids out in the world some day with the confidence to take care of themselves and those around them.

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