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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: May 2012 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/14/2014

    " This might be cheating, but I honestly skipped over some sections of this book. I probably skimmed / read 80% of it. I gleamed what I needed (inspiration, some practical ideas, a kick in the pants) and skipped over the rest. I was inspired to do what I always knew in the back of my mind that I should be doing: I gave my children more independence and responsibility to do what they can do for themselves. Or sometimes what they can do for the whole family, or sometimes (selfish mother moment), what they can do for me. Does that make me horrible? I don't think so. I do things for them every day, because that's how it is in real life for every decent human being: you do things for others without promise of immediate reward. Can my 7 and 10 year old take stock of what we have in the fridge / freezer and plan a meal they want to make (with my help)? Yes. Can they learn how to wash clothes (again, with supervision, because I want my clothes to keep fitting me)? Yes. Can they wipe down the sink, tub, and toilet, in that order? Of course. And why shouldn't they? This book lit a fire under me to not let my young kids grow up to be the selfish, entitled teenagers that adults can not stand. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leigh | 1/14/2014

    " I started out liking this book a lot, but then the writing style just bugged me. The way she got her kids to work was interesting, and I always like hearing new ideas on that subject, but I didn't even finish the book because I couldn't stand reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/11/2014

    " A really good overall read with plenty of great ideas, however, the author still isn't truly in touch with reality for most folks. She has no problem paying 5 children $1 per day, per month in addition to extra money earned for other "jobs" as the experiment goes along. That would be a huge stretch for a lot of people in this poor economy. She has paid outside help come into her home twice a week. Again, not a reality for most folks. She has a paid lawn service. One month consists of learning about hospitality so each kid gets $50 to plan and throw a party. You get the gist. All of her children are also private schooled, giving her most months of the year at home during the day to clean, cook, etc. as needed (or wait - I suppose the hired help twice a week does that since it was mentioned this person did the laundry). It would be really wonderful to read an "experiment" like this from a homeschooling family. Totally different perspective when your children are always around and the mom technically has a full-time job every day in addition to household duties. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/2/2014

    " I am still reading this, but just in the few first pages I can tell that I am hooked. I relate to this author, who has "lazy" kids like mine. The descriptions of her children are like she is talking about my 3 children! The ideas she has are great... I am loving this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 12/30/2013

    " I loved this book! Even though I have young children and a plan to teach them and groom them into contributing adults of society, I still liked everything this mom had to say and the way she went about her Experiment. I'd recommend this book to every parent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 12/27/2013

    " This was a good book,if not a great one. As a homeschooling mom of 8 I hit the wall of child entitlement a long time ago and was really just reading it to glean a few tips, which I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 12/13/2013

    " This is an excellent book. It helped me realized that there are times I've stepped in to "help" my kids when I didn't need to and may have kept them from the blessing God intended for them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Therisdons | 12/10/2013

    " Although the author is wealthy and has had a fairly easy life herself, she had some great ideas that inspired me to encourage and expect more out of my children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 9/15/2013

    " This book was a light, easy read that gave me hope for my toddler boys' future as well as confidence and ideas for my parenting style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherice | 8/25/2013

    " I am certainly going to use a lot of her ideas. Just the consolation that her children thousands of miles away act as mine do is somehow comforting--misery loves company, I suppose. This is current & offers many great ideas/tips to rid our children of that "entitlement" attitude. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caren | 6/4/2013

    " Really liked it, easy to identify with the author and her ideas could be incorporated simply. Haven't read many parenting books in recent years, but I'd heard about this and couldn't resist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/22/2013

    " Great ideas to implement, realistic, humorous. Unfortunately, I can't afford her method and don't know any large family who can. $1/day for 5 kids? I can barely afford to feed them as it is. LOL. I'm now motivated to start the new year teaching my kids life skills so I give it 4 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Warren | 3/8/2013

    " This was funny and thought provoking. Trying out some of the ideas in my household. Hope this author will write another book soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Quinn | 12/26/2012

    " Great read! I feel like I grew so much as a parent reading this. It made me reflect on not only my parenting, but my childhood. Highly recommend to ALL parents! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 10/27/2012

    " Great book to remind us how important it is to make our kids responsible. I could relate to so much of the book....lots of giggles too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Slomp | 5/22/2012

    " Really enjoyed reading this book. It has inspired me to not only encourage my children to learn to help around the house and become independent, but it also has encouraged me to change my attitude about housework. "

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