Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 288 pages, 3.13 × 2.04 × 0.29 in
Published: May 8, 2012
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
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.
Read from the Book
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
From the Publisher
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
"If you want your children to be more responsible, more
self-assured, and more empathetic, Cleaning House is for
-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.
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