Cleaning House

Cleaning House

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

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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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

Publisher: Colorado Springs, Colo. : WaterBrook Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307730671
Branch Call Number: 649.1 WYMA
Characteristics: x, 278 p. ; 21 cm.


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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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