Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma


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What did her family learn? Valuable skills through the year that would last them a lifetime.
-Luv'n Lambert Life


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


About Kay Wills Wyma

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Kay Wills Wyma has five kids, ages four to fourteen, and one SUV with a lot of carpool miles. She holds a bachelor's from Baylor University and an MIM from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). Before transitioning to stay-at-home mom, she held positions at the White House, the Staubach Company, and Bank of America. She and her husband, Jon, live with their family in the Dallas area.
Published May 8, 2012 by WaterBrook. 290 pages
Genres: Self Help, Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Maggie Harding on Aug 15 2012

CLEANING HOUSE is much more than a theoretical "how-to" that leaves readers to figure out how to apply its principles. Wyma provides a journal of her methods and includes tips from other parents...

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Little Blurbs

Aug 27 2012

There are some great lessons to be learned from this book, as well as ideas to try with your own kids to help instill such values in their life.

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Growing for Christ

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Reviewed by Sarah on Jul 20 2012

...I found myself thinking, when am I going to hear something besides how her children reacted?...something that could tell me how to implement the experiment with my family.

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Reviewed by Lynnae on May 08 2012

Wyma not only humorously tells us how she implemented her plan, but she also relates what her children learned, and more importantly, what she learned.

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Girls to Grow

Reviewed by Tracey on Sep 14 2012

Cleaning one of the most practical parenting books I've read in a long time.

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Reviewed by Becky on Aug 23 2012

With 4 kids and a world that constantly teaches our kids that they are entitled; this book was refreshing to read.

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Frog's Lily Pad

Reviewed by Lori on Jul 19 2012

This is not a "how to" book. It is more of an encouragement to get the next generation up and working all the while building character and teaching them to be grateful for what they have.

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Laura Williams' Musings

Reviewed by Laura Williams on Jul 12 2012

Save the money you were going to spend on therapy sessions for your child and buy this book.

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Joyness Sparkles

Jul 10 2012

What I loved about this book was all of the quotes from various articles, books, and specialists that seem to be ignored in our culture. They have been warning about the dangers of youth entitlement for decades...

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A Life Worth Living

Reviewed by Natasha on Jul 03 2012

After reading it, I felt hope for my own household!

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Luv'n Lambert Life

Reviewed by Dana Lambert on Jun 20 2012

What did her family learn? Valuable skills through the year that would last them a lifetime.

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He Holds My Right Hand

Reviewed by Victoria on Jun 18 2012

... it reminded me that I am not being a "slave driver" by teaching my kids how to work and survive independently in this world.

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One Little Word She Knew

Reviewed by Christy on Jun 13 2012

I particularly like that she shares her mistakes, what didn't work, and her children's quite normal reactions, including lots of eye rolling and "but mommm!"s. She doesn't paint a super-mom/ super-kid picture.

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My Springfield Mommy

Reviewed by Margie Brill on May 04 2012

I found Cleaning House to be an invaluable resource for starting to rid my own house of youth entitlement. The author writes in such a down to earth style the I found fun, humorous and easy to read.

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Room to Breath

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Reviewed by Heather King

I’m glad such monetary incentives and programs worked for her family, but they absolutely don’t fit our tight budget and made me at times shake my head at her impracticality.

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A Mama's Corner of the World


Life is not always neat and pretty—and cleaning it up is not always easy. Wyma approached the "experiment" honestly--without sugar coating.

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