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Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement | [Kay Willis Wyma]

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

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.
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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."

©2012 eChristian Inc. (P)2012 eChristian Inc.

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    R. Maize Beaver, PA 06-19-12
    R. Maize Beaver, PA 06-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Yes, yes, YES!!"
    What did you love best about Cleaning House?

    I chose it to read because I'm on a 12-months of "xyz"-kick right now ... but as a mother of young children, I bump up against this entitlement stuph on a regular basis. I found myself shouting YES!! to her philosophy and statements (after admitting to the error of her ways prior to the project) and cheering her and her family on throughout the book. I feel so strongly about the points and quality of this book that I am purchasing it for every member (40!) of my Mothers of PreSchoolers group this year!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cleaning House?

    when she recounts a friend's son putting in a sprinkler system himself (including research and purchasing), and when she had one (clueless) kid pump gas ...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    there are 12 categories - I think my favorite 'scenes' are when she explains the different ways her different-personaly-ed crew handled the challenges.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    give kids the tools, and step back. self-esteem is created when you give them the opportunities to succeed (and sometimes fail), not when you pave the way, fix the results, or prevent failure/experience altogether!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn buckingham, PA, United States 03-05-13
    Lynn buckingham, PA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "No exactly what I expected"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I liked the idea of this book and the comparison stories but the story is basically the same every month. Maybe it is the wordage used over and over.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Maybe not using the same words, basic story line each month.


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Did Cleaning House inspire you to do anything?

    YES, It made me realize my 20 YOA son is still reaping the benefits.....Not now!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book just a bit redundant. What this book preaches about entitlement is all factual and makes you realize you need to CUT OUT ENABLING!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Corinth, NY, United States 05-26-12
    Julia Corinth, NY, United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Hysterically funny, especially for kids"
    What would have made Cleaning House better?

    This book could have had the children's voices spoken by actual children. Her children did not want to be mentioned by name in this book and were given hilarious aliases. It's nice to be able to listen to someone's life who does not work, does not teach her own children, has financial security on one income, and who can roll with childhood behavior with amazing disrespect. The parental disrespect actions are always mild, but in the context of the near complete lack of empathetic actions towards the parents the household is a model of what entitled parents and children look like.


    Has Cleaning House turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Oh, not at all, just if you think that this is going to help you get your household in loving order, it will only be a great model of what not to do. In listening to this book my children kept stopping the play to tell me what a great mom I am because I don't "act as the enforcer" among many other actions.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

    Tavia Gilbert was wonderful to listen to, I would love to listen to her more.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book was like satire. We ended up listening to it as a family, especially sections where the parents handled entitlement issues by paying out of family people to do the work -- cooking days handled by the child ordering fast food, gardening chores delegated to a yard crew, and many other throw money at the problem fixes.


    Any additional comments?

    What a contrast from Hold on to Your Kids, which is the sort of book I wanted more of.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dannielle United States 12-05-12
    Dannielle United States 12-05-12
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    "More than I expected."
    If you could sum up Cleaning House in three words, what would they be?

    When I started this book I thought it would be about how to get your kids to pick up after themselves. I was wrong and I was right. Yes it is about how to get your kids to do pitch in and help but it’s also about what message am I sending to my kids when I do it for them or don’t allow them to grow and learn. It opened my eyes to see how my meaningful intentions of helping my children actually may have caused some of the problems in the first place. For a mom/wife/friend or relative of kids you might just get something out of this book that will help you to connect with your kids on a level I didn’t know was there. Mrs. Wyma really spoke to my heart in this book and understanding that loving my kids sometimes means stepping back and letting go. Thank you Mrs. Wyma for this book I recommend it to all of my friends.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It would be more like a reality TV series on families that raising respondsible children.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cesar KATHLEEN, GA, United States 11-26-12
    Cesar KATHLEEN, GA, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't recommend it"
    What disappointed you about Cleaning House?

    My wife got this book and I knew I wasn't going to read it so I got it in audio to know what she was going to talk about. I didn't like it at all: my feeling is that this could have been a good magazine article, no longer than a few pages. She started reading it and dropped it after a few pages.

    My general impression is that there wasn't enough substance, that you could get the same level of information/knowledge in an informal talk with any mom. The subject of youth entitlement is attractive for me as a parent, but I'd look for more info elsewhere.

    Sorry to be hard with this review, I respect the time/effort that involves the creation of a book, but I'm totally disappointed in this audio.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-23-13
    Jennifer SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Irritating"
    Would you try another book from Kay Willis Wyma and/or Tavia Gilbert?

    No.


    Has Cleaning House turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

    No. Her whiny kid voices set my teeth on edge.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation. I couldn't wait for it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    If the author had said one more time, "Have I mentioned I'm _______?" or "Future Hoarders of America..." my head might have exploded.

    Yes. Yes you have mentioned it. Several times. Too many times.

    The names (pseudonyms) of her kids are ridiculous. Snopes? Really?

    I have kids. Not everything out of their mouths is an irritating whine. In this rendition, every time a child spoke it was like nails on a chalkboard.

    The Wyma's have money.

    Lots of Bible quotes and Jesus references. I guess I should have done my homework. If I had known this was a "Christian" book, I would have never gotten it.

    I think it's a sin to let your kids drink Dr. Pepper (or any soft drink for that matter).

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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