Cleaning House, A Mom’s 12-month Experiment to rid her home of youth entitlement

Have you hit the parenting marathon wall? Is your mind struggling to keep up with all the right teams, right parties, right group of friends on and in which your kid must be included to be okay? Does it feel like all the balls in the air are but a puff from being blown into utter chaos? Is your kid looking to you to meet all his/her needs and then some? Is it a struggle to believe there’s a college for everyone? If the answer is “yes” to any or all of the above, then Cleaning House just might be your answer to stopping the madness and equipping your kids.

Cleaning House SNEAK PEEK!!

WaterBrook Multnomah/Random House has been gracious enough to offer a sneak peek. Click here to download Chapter 1 … and by all means, if you like it, let your friends know.

Cleaning House Sneak Peek

Cleaning House is available for purchase now at the following on-line retailers.

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Look for it on bookshelves on May 8, 2012… just in time for Mother’s Day.

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 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 Stanley, North Point Ministries

“Reading this book will inspire hope, despair, and then more hope: hope that we can get our kids to do more chores, then despair that no, maybe only Kay can do it (she had a book contract!), then hope again—because Kay shows us, step by baby step, how to make it happen, in the real world, with real kids.”
—Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free-Range Kids

“With unique creativity and wry humor, this sensible, determined mom herds her five distinctly different offspring into an acute lifestyle change; namely, learning to master the inevitable demands of life.… With ‘a spoonful of sugar,’ Cleaning House cools the dangerous ‘me first’ fever weakening our American culture.”
—Dr. Howard G. Hendricks and Jeanne Hendricks

Table of Contents/Tasks

  • Task 1: Clutter Control and Bed-Making …
  • Task 2: Kitchen Creativity ..or “duty” depending upon your perspective.
  • Task 3: The Great Outdoors …Yard work at its finest.
  • Task 4: Domestic Dirty Jobs…Introducing Lysol, Tylex, Pinesol, Soft Scrub and the dreaded toilet brush.
  • Task 5: Workin’ For a Living…The “benefits” of summer employment.
  • Task 6: Roll Tide…As in the laundry what??!!
  • Task 7: The Handy Man Can … or can he?!
  • Task 8:  Party Planning 101…Lessons on hospitality
  • Task 9:  Operation Ping Pong … A Case Study on Teamwork
  • Task 10:  The Runners…Embracing the intricacies of errands
  • Task 11:  Service…‘Tis the season to focus on others
  • Task 12:  Manners…There’s still a pulse – Etiquette is not dead.


Thanks for walking the road with me.


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