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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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...Read Full Review of Cleaning House
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.Read Full Review of Cleaning House
...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.Read Full Review of Cleaning House
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.Read Full Review of Cleaning House
Cleaning House...is one of the most practical parenting books I've read in a long time.Read Full Review of Cleaning House
With 4 kids and a world that constantly teaches our kids that they are entitled; this book was refreshing to read.Read Full Review of Cleaning House
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.Read Full Review of Cleaning House
Save the money you were going to spend on therapy sessions for your child and buy this book.Read Full Review of Cleaning House
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...Read Full Review of Cleaning House
After reading it, I felt hope for my own household!Read Full Review of Cleaning House
What did her family learn? Valuable skills through the year that would last them a lifetime.Read Full Review of Cleaning House
... it reminded me that I am not being a "slave driver" by teaching my kids how to work and survive independently in this world.Read Full Review of Cleaning House
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.Read Full Review of Cleaning House
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.Read Full Review of Cleaning House
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.Read Full Review of Cleaning House
Life is not always neat and pretty—and cleaning it up is not always easy. Wyma approached the "experiment" honestly--without sugar coating.Read Full Review of Cleaning House
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