Cleaning House Book Review

ENTITLEMENT ~ It's a major problem in our society today. Kay Wills Wyma discusses this way of thought while explaining her methods of decluttering her home in CLEANING HOUSE A Mom's 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement.This is not a "how to" book. It is more of an encouragement to get the next generation up and working all the while building character and teaching them to be grateful for what they have.



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Is Your Home Out of Order?

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.’”




The author explains how she moved responsibilities onto her children within a 12 month experiment. The children started out with their bedrooms and moved on to a new chore each month. Definitely a slow and steady wins the race kind of teaching experience. I like that!

Kay did give one idea that I have implemented in our home and that is using a money jar to help keep motivation going. For each day the bedroom is not clean a dollar is removed. At the end of the month all month left in the jar, the child keeps.

If you've been looking for help in moving your children into more responsibilities around the house, then don't look any further. Cleaning House is the book you need to read.

I received this book for free from WalterBrook Multnomah for my honest opinion.

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By Kay Wills Wyma / WaterBrook


We all want to make life easier for our kids, but are we doing too much? Are we fostering an attitude of entitlement? Sharing her experiences with her own children, Kay Wyma helps you teach your youngsters real-life skills - from making their beds and controlling clutter to practicing hospitality and engaging in community service.

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