Book Review – Cleaning House


“Kay Wills Wyma set out on a 12 month experiment within her household to change the “serve me” attitude of her 5 children into a “serve others” and work hard attitude. She found out a lot about her children, her marriage and more about herself than she ever expected. Each month she set out on teaching her children a “real world” task that they NEED to know to be successful adults and confident children. Kids and parents need to be pushed outside of their comfort zones in order to see what they are indeed capable of doing. She found out she had a lot of work to do to ease up on control, to stop trying to make it easy for them and to step aside as they learn by succeeding AND failing.”

Each month she picks one important life skill for her kids to take responsibility of hoping to equip them with a strong work ethic, self-confidence through a job well done and concern for others along the way.
Here is the schedule she follows:
Task 1 – Operation Clutter Control (Making Beds and Picking Up)
Task 2 – Kitchen Patrol (Cooking)
Task 3 – Grounding Time (Outdoor Duties)
Task 4 – Working for a Living (Employment)
Task 5 – Domestic Dirty Jobs (Cleaning Toilets)
Task 6 – Roll Tide (Laundry)
Task 7 – The Handyman Can…or Can He? (Fixing What’s Broken)
Task 8 – The Entertainers (Hospitality)
Task 9 – Team Players (Working Together)
Task 10 – Runner’s World (Errands)
Task 11 – It’s About Other’s (Service)
Task 12 – Lades and Gentlemen (Manners)
I followed along with her as much as I could….some of the topics where meant for older children so I had to adjust them to fit our family! I found myself re examining my parenting style! Pushing my older son out of his comfort zone show me and him that he could do it! Task 6 – Roll Tide (Laundry) was my favorite all three of my children pick up their dirty clothes and take them down to the laundry room! They also make their beds!! It is a work in progress! 
I HIGHLY recommend this book to any parent who has a child/children who have that ultra annoying attitude of SERVE ME! 

Publisher’s Description

Is Your Home Out of Order?
Do your kids expect clean folded clothes to magically appear in their drawers? Do they roll their eyes when you suggest they clean the bathroom? By racing in to make their lives easy, have you unintentionally reinforced your children’s belief that the world revolves around them?

Dismayed at the attitude of entitlement that had crept into her home, Kay Wyma got some attitude of her own. Cleaning Houseis her account of a year-long campaign to introduce her five kids to basic life skills and the ways meaningful work can increase earned self-confidence and concern for others.

With irresistible humor and refreshing insights, Kay candidly details the ups and downs of equipping her kids for such tasks as making beds, refinishing a deck chair, and working together. The changes that take place in her household will inspire you to launch your own campaign to dislodge your kids from the center of their universe.
“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

Author Bio

Kay Wills Wyma has five kids, ages four to fourteen, and one SUV with a lot of carpool miles. She holds a bachelor’s from Baylor University and an MIM from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). Before transitioning to stay-at-home mom, she held positions at the White House, the Staubach Company, and Bank of America. She and her husband, Jon, live with their family in the Dallas area.
*I received this book free from blogging for books in exchange for my honest opinion.