Cleaning House

  • by Kay Willis Wyma
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

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Hysterically funny, especially for kids

What would have made Cleaning House better?

This book could have had the children's voices spoken by actual children. Her children did not want to be mentioned by name in this book and were given hilarious aliases. It's nice to be able to listen to someone's life who does not work, does not teach her own children, has financial security on one income, and who can roll with childhood behavior with amazing disrespect. The parental disrespect actions are always mild, but in the context of the near complete lack of empathetic actions towards the parents the household is a model of what entitled parents and children look like.


Has Cleaning House turned you off from other books in this genre?

Oh, not at all, just if you think that this is going to help you get your household in loving order, it will only be a great model of what not to do. In listening to this book my children kept stopping the play to tell me what a great mom I am because I don't "act as the enforcer" among many other actions.


Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

Tavia Gilbert was wonderful to listen to, I would love to listen to her more.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

This book was like satire. We ended up listening to it as a family, especially sections where the parents handled entitlement issues by paying out of family people to do the work -- cooking days handled by the child ordering fast food, gardening chores delegated to a yard crew, and many other throw money at the problem fixes.


Any additional comments?

What a contrast from Hold on to Your Kids, which is the sort of book I wanted more of.

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- Julia

Irritating

Would you try another book from Kay Willis Wyma and/or Tavia Gilbert?

No.


Has Cleaning House turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.


Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

No. Her whiny kid voices set my teeth on edge.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation. I couldn't wait for it to end.


Any additional comments?

If the author had said one more time, "Have I mentioned I'm _______?" or "Future Hoarders of America..." my head might have exploded.

Yes. Yes you have mentioned it. Several times. Too many times.

The names (pseudonyms) of her kids are ridiculous. Snopes? Really?

I have kids. Not everything out of their mouths is an irritating whine. In this rendition, every time a child spoke it was like nails on a chalkboard.

The Wyma's have money.

Lots of Bible quotes and Jesus references. I guess I should have done my homework. If I had known this was a "Christian" book, I would have never gotten it.

I think it's a sin to let your kids drink Dr. Pepper (or any soft drink for that matter).

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- Jennifer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2012
  • Publisher: christianaudio.com