Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-month Experiment To Rid Her Home Of Youth Entitlement

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Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-month Experiment To Rid Her Home Of Youth Entitlement

by Kay Wills Wyma
Foreword by Michael Gurian

The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group | May 8, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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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

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 3.13 × 2.04 × 0.29 in

Published: May 8, 2012

Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307730670

ISBN - 13: 9780307730671

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Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-month Experiment To Rid Her Home Of Youth Entitlement

by Kay Wills Wyma
Foreword by Michael Gurian

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 3.13 × 2.04 × 0.29 in

Published: May 8, 2012

Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307730670

ISBN - 13: 9780307730671

About the Book

Parents often hover, race in to save, and do everything for kids. When Wyma realized that an attitude of entitlement had crept into her home, this mother of five got some attitude of her own. This is her account of a year-long campaign to introduce her kids to basic life skills.

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The Epiphany Driving down Preston Road, I was dutifully transporting children to school with my then-fourteen-year-old son sitting shotgun, when I learned how this kid defines the American Dream. As is typical of this particular area in Dallas, we were surrounded by opulence: on our left was a Lexus, on our right a Porsche, and directly in front a silver Maserati. “Mom.” Abandoning his pose of boredom, my son perked up. “Which one of those do you think I’d look best in? I think the Porsche…Yeah. That’s what car I’m going to get when I’m sixteen.” Fighting back nausea, I looked at him. “What planet are you on? And how do you think you will pay for one of those cars?” A question I knew had no answer, since his primary activity involves a screen and remote control. Who is raising this kid? I thought. Is materialism and money all he thinks about? Where have all my words of wisdom gone? The hours of volunteer service, the countless lectures on being content with what you have, and all the brilliant soliloquies I’ve delivered on the fact that “stuff ” will never really satisfy you—has none of that penetrated his brain? After dropping him off, I passed through the last school zone on my way home and dialed my sister-in-law, who is also one of my best friends. Not only did I need to vent my frustration, I needed reassurance that I wasn’t crazy and that there is a light at the end of this
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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

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Cleaning House “At last! Enlightenment about entitlement in our kids—and not just what it is, but also what to do about it.” —Elisa Morgan, author of She Did What She Could, president emerita of MOPS International, and publisher of FullFill “Parents, take note: Kay Wills Wyma’s experiment could change your life, especially if your kids suffer from ‘me first!’ syndrome. 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 “ Cleaning House is both a beautifully told story and a practical guide to parenting in today’s complex world.” —Michael Gurian, best-selling author of The Wonder of Boys and The Wonder of Girls “ Cleaning House will be one of the most influential parenting books of our generation. When it comes to directing parents how to raise fabulous kids, Kay Wills Wyma nails it.” —Meg Meeker, MD, author of the national bestseller Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters “ Cleaning House offers the perfect solution for parents who want to free their children from the entitlement trap. Hilarious stories, amazing creativity, and a huge dose of grace make this book difficult to put down! Kay Wills Wyma paves the way and offers tools to help our families experience the satisfaction and confidence that comes through meaningful work.” —Sandra Stanle
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