Cleaning House

Cleaning House

A Mom's 12-month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement

Book - 2012
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Do your kids think that clean, folded clothes magically appear in their drawers? Do they roll their eyes when you suggest they clean the bathroom? Do "you" think it's your job to pave their road to success? As parents, so often we hover, race in to save, and do everything we can for our kids--unintentionally reinforcing their belief that the world revolves around them. When Kay Wyma realized that an attitude of entitlement had crept into her home, this mother of five got some attitude of her own. "Cleaning House" is her account of a year-long campaign to introduce her kids to basic life skills. From making beds to grocery shopping to refinishing a deck chair, the Wyma family experienced for themselves the ways meaningful work can transform self-absorption into earned self-confidence and concern for others. With irresistible humor and refreshing insights, Kay candidly details the ups and downs of removing her own kids from the center of the universe. The changes that take place in her household will inspire you to launch your own campaign against youth entitlement. As Kay says, "Here's to seeing what can happen when we tell our kids, 'I believe in you, and I'm going to prove it by putting you to work.'" --Publisher description.
Publisher: Colorado Springs, Colo. : WaterBrook Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307730671
Call Number: 649.1 WYMA
Characteristics: x, 278 p. ; 21 cm
Subjects: Child rearing.
Pampered child syndrome.
Entitlement attitudes.
Responsibility in children.


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Mar 23, 2016

A friend recommended this book to me so I have it on reserve and look forward to reading it soon. As far as God caring about your laundry, ( as mentioned in the review below) I think He cares about every single detail, little & big, in our lives. Where does one draw the line between what is and is not important? He is God after all, I think He can handle it all.

Sep 29, 2013

I have mixed feelings about this book. She has some terrific suggestions and it's interesting to read about her family's experience. And she's honest - she admits she lectures too much, she's aware her husband is a jerk. But every chapter devolves into "This brought me back again to my relationship with Christ," which definitely put me off. If you like your parenting books leavened with quotes from Ecclesiastes, this one is for you. If you think God has better things to care about than your laundry, you may want to look elsewhere.

ChristyH Jul 05, 2012

This is a fantastic book with tips on how to not only cut back on entitlement in your house, but to also get your kids ready for life in the outside world. The author spends a year getting her kids to contribute more to the household (cleaning, meal planning, cooking, doing odd jobs). She has a list of 12 things she feels they need to know how to do before they are old enough to be on their own, and over the course of the year she works on having them successfully complete all 12. Really inspiring and I can't wait to try out some of these things on my own children!


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