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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (553 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kay Willis Wyma Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Holly | 2/19/2014

    " I've been fighting this battle for years and years and the author did offer some new ideas to get my kids to work. Although, I do not believe in paying kids for jobs. My kids are expected to do work just for being part of a family. Extra jobs, maybe. I used a reward system when my kids were younger but then they began to expect an award for anything they did. That is not real life. Persistence and adding new twists to implementation of "chores" is the only thing that works in this house. I will gladly take some of Wyma's ideas and see if I can get my boys to work a little harder and independently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 2/17/2014

    " I am an enabler! After reading this book I can clearly see that I have basically ruined my children with my good intentions and desire for them to have a stress free world. I don't usually read "self-help" books, but this one was really good. I was glad to read that my children aren't the only "entitled" children in the world and I was happy to learn a few steps that would help everyone to begin to cure this problem. A good read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ashley | 2/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and thought Wyma had some good insights on how we can decrease the amount of youth entitlement in our homes over time. None of her ideas are earth shattering or brand new information, but her implementation and approach made me think about ways I could do things differently and I am always up for trying things that can help my kids and our family. Her own children range in age from teens to toddlers, so I feel like her writing and approach is relevant to anyone with kids in their home. She talks about how her strategies work with each age group and she acknowledges the different challenges and strengths associated with various ages and temperaments. I also liked how she wove her faith in God throughout her approach. I laughed throughout the book and am looking forward to trying my own experiment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessi | 2/9/2014

    " So, many great ideas!! Have kids who expect everything to be done for them? Spoiled? This book has lots of encouragement about how to shift your thinking into developing them into responsible, giving, polite, productive, proactive, confident children. So glad I found it, our current chore/chore money system was lacking and I found this book at just the right time. We implemented a couple of her ideas and have already seen a big difference in our kids. For example, we put the kids in charge of 1 meal each per week (planning, shopping, fixing & cleaning) and there was so much pride in their own efforts it made my heart smile. :) Plus, it was very tasty! Looking forward to trying out other ideas. "

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