Barbara's Product Reviews & Giveaways

August 7, 2012 8:26 PM

Cleaning House: Ridding families of youth entitlement

[The winners of this giveaway areLaurie, Elizabeth, and Jill. Thanks to Waterbrook for sponsoring it. You may purchase Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement at Amazon

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Former White House Employee...

Cleans Up Her Own House


Colorado Springs, Colo. - Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement(WaterBrook Press, May 8, 2012) began when self-described enabling mother Kay Wills Wyma kicked off an unusual one-year experiment to introduce her five children to the basic tasks of independence.

 Along the way not only did her kids change...but the task of un-enabling five twenty-first century American kids opened her eyes to valuable insights...available to all parents seeking to rid their children of youth entitlement.

While today's well-intentioned parents are doing all they can to facilitate their children's rise to greatness, parents are realizing that the hovering is backfiring. Now, if or when, kids even leave home--they are increasingly helpless and dependent. Parents' attempts to boost their kids' success are instead enabling their failure with the unspoken message: "I'll do it for you because you can't."

Wyma has found that what kids really need to hear is, "I believe in you, so I'm going to make you work." From making beds to grocery shopping to disinfecting a bathroom, her family experienced for themselves the ways meaningful work can transform self-absorption into earned self-confidence and concern for others.

Cleaning House not only chronicles Wyma's family's journey to independence, but also offers insight, humor, and practical steps to parents desiring to overcome youth entitlement in their own households.

Author Kay Wills Wyma has five kids, ages four to fourteen, and one SUV with a lot of carpool miles. Before she transitioned to stay-at-home mom, she earned an MBA, worked at the White House, and dabbled in international finance. Happily married to Jon, this recovering enabler is committed to equipping the next generation to achieve great things in the future by piling on the responsibility today. Kay enjoys inspiring other parents of adolescents and teens through her blog
I love this book! Chock-full of thought-provoking material sure to engage even those parents who feel they've covered all the bases when it comes to bringing up responsible, accountable kids - and a blueprint for those whose kids need a serious character overhaul. After all, we're raising them to be adults who know how to take care of themselves. Very reader-friendly and well-written.

Sure to inspire parents whose kids will be the beneficiaries for years to come

Thanks to Waterbrook Press for sending me a review copy and offering 3 copies for giveaway. Leave a comment for drawing 8/20.

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Sounds wonderful! I can't wait to read this one!

Posted by: Amy Hunter | August 7, 2012 11:36 PM

Please count me in.

Posted by: Siobhan | August 7, 2012 11:46 PM

I think I need this book! I'm trying to help my kids be independent, but I am my own worst enemy on this. Thanks for offering it (and I will probably buy it even if I don't win it!)!

Posted by: Lucy | August 8, 2012 12:14 AM

I'm really struggling with this right now. I convinced my 7 year old to help me fold clothes, including his, and after he did he demanded payment! Only dad threatening to charge rent was enough to get him to back down :-P

He helped me with chores when he was younger, but nothing consistent. I had my second baby a year ago and my older one seems more dependent than before

Posted by: Ariel | August 8, 2012 12:18 AM

Sounds like an excellent book!

Posted by: Karen E. | August 8, 2012 12:18 AM

Please enter me into the drawing for this book. thanks!

Posted by: Chrissy | August 8, 2012 6:45 AM

This looks so so good! Who can't use encouragement and new ideas in this department? I really hope I win this one. Thanks for the opportunity, Barbara.

Posted by: Bridget | August 8, 2012 6:58 AM

I think I'm going to buy this one if I don't win it.

Posted by: Sarah | August 8, 2012 7:00 AM

Oh boy! We need this one too! So often I tell the kids to get out of the kitchen and let me cook by myself just to avoid the mess...but what am I really saying to them????? :)

Posted by: Darci H. | August 8, 2012 7:23 AM

This sounds like just the motivation I need!

Posted by: Betty | August 8, 2012 7:59 AM

Guilty as charged! I could use this book and most of my friends so this would be a great book to pass around and discuss! Thanks!

Posted by: Charlene | August 8, 2012 8:01 AM

Sounds interesting!

Posted by: Ellen | August 8, 2012 8:27 AM

Oh please. I need something like this.

Posted by: Sue from Buffalo | August 8, 2012 9:21 AM

I'd love a copy of this book.

Posted by: Cheryl | August 8, 2012 9:55 AM

I could use this book! Please put my name in the hat!

Posted by: LizinDC | August 8, 2012 10:27 AM

This is going on my "to read" list. Thanks for the giveaway!

Posted by: Jenn | August 8, 2012 11:01 AM

Despite knowing what a dis-service it is, I am definitely a mom that over-enables her kids. Guilty guilty guilty. I just can't seem to figure out how to stop now that it's so ingrained! Save me from myself! :-)

Posted by: Jill | August 8, 2012 11:12 AM

We could use this! Thank you for the opportunity!

Posted by: Sandra | August 8, 2012 11:18 AM

Another book I need to read.

Posted by: Jeanette | August 8, 2012 11:34 AM

Sounds like a winner!

Posted by: Marie | August 8, 2012 11:41 AM

I HAD to grow up so fast I know I've over compensated with my own parenting. Thanks for the drawing. I'm going to put it on my Amazon wish list either way.

Posted by: Maggie | August 8, 2012 11:51 AM

Looks great!

Posted by: Kelly | August 8, 2012 2:37 PM

Oooh, this looks good, too!

Posted by: Kristina | August 8, 2012 2:38 PM

wow, something I will put on my wish list as well!! thanks for the opportunity!

Posted by: Dirtdartwife | August 8, 2012 3:21 PM

I'd like to read this book. Youth entitlement is something we struggle with in my home. I'd love to see how she handles the little ones and the balance between allowing them to do things so they can learn and having even more work on your plate as a result.

Posted by: Diane | August 8, 2012 4:23 PM

I think I need this book to help me undo my own sense of entitlement....

Posted by: Emily | August 8, 2012 5:31 PM

Yet another one of your offerings that I'm bookmarking at Amazon in case the freebie doesn't come to us.

Posted by: Denise | August 8, 2012 9:11 PM

Much needed for our society today!

Posted by: Debbie | August 8, 2012 9:27 PM

Sounds interesting!

Posted by: Priscilla | August 8, 2012 9:39 PM

I would love to read this book!

Posted by: mm | August 8, 2012 10:10 PM

This would be wonderful to have!
Thank you for posting the giveaway!

Posted by: Monika | August 8, 2012 10:45 PM

Sounds great!

Posted by: Michelle | August 9, 2012 12:52 AM

28 years of being a mom and I still haven't gotten this one right. I'd sure like a chance at a book that might give me a new outlook.

Posted by: Sharon | August 9, 2012 8:35 AM

Please add me; I am putting this on my TBR list :).

Posted by: karen | August 9, 2012 10:14 AM

This sounds like a great book !!!

Posted by: dee | August 9, 2012 10:16 AM

This sounds like a wonderful book!

Posted by: Maria | August 9, 2012 2:19 PM

Please enter me. This books sounds great!

Posted by: Elizabeth | August 9, 2012 2:45 PM

Sign me up.

Posted by: Danielle | August 9, 2012 3:46 PM

What an excellent topic! Help! I need it!

Posted by: Mary | August 9, 2012 3:52 PM

OOoo, I need this .

Posted by: Sue | August 9, 2012 7:49 PM

looks like something my family could use!

Posted by: j dan | August 9, 2012 8:02 PM

YES! I would love to read this book!

Posted by: Sarah :) | August 9, 2012 9:34 PM

I need this. My excuse for doing just about everything is that we are still remodeling so everything is in the wrong places and we are hip deep in chaos and confusion.

Posted by: Jane Duquette | August 10, 2012 2:17 PM

I need to read this book! :)

Posted by: Kendra | August 10, 2012 10:56 PM

Entitlement is one of my pet peeves. Sounds like a great book!

Posted by: Tammy | August 11, 2012 12:00 AM

This sounds like a great book! Please enter me.

Posted by: Karen | August 12, 2012 4:12 PM

Um...yes please.

Posted by: Sandy | August 13, 2012 8:01 PM

This would help me soooo much!

Posted by: Monica | August 14, 2012 5:24 PM

Pick me! Pick me!

Posted by: Michele S. | August 14, 2012 9:41 PM

count me in

Posted by: Maureen | August 15, 2012 1:45 PM

This sounds like a very interesting book. Would love to check it out.

Posted by: Donna Dorsey | August 15, 2012 11:30 PM

Oh my goodness this looks awesome!! Cant wait to read it!!!

Posted by: Katie Nohl | August 17, 2012 1:43 PM

YES, YES, YES!!!!!!!! What? Your children do CHORES?????? YES!!!!! I would love to receive this book!

Posted by: Donna | August 18, 2012 12:07 PM

Gotta have it! I'll need to buy it if I don't win it. Looks good.

Posted by: Lynette | August 18, 2012 1:56 PM

I heard this author interviewed on a Christian radio station this week! I was so impressed, and would love to read her book!

Posted by: Nana | August 18, 2012 3:59 PM

My kids will thank you (in about 15 yrs) if we win!!

Posted by: Stacie | August 18, 2012 5:22 PM

Oh boy, I could probably use this.

Posted by: Lisa | August 19, 2012 12:00 AM

I'd love this! Thanks for the giveaway!

Posted by: Jen L. | August 19, 2012 12:41 AM

Yes, yes, yes!!! :)

Posted by: Shaina | August 19, 2012 3:32 AM

This looks like one to be shared!

Posted by: Diane | August 19, 2012 1:54 PM

This is on my wishlist! I can use all the help I can get motivating my four to help around the house!

Posted by: Jenny | August 20, 2012 12:07 AM

I keep hearing about this book! Think God's trying to tell me I need to read it!

Posted by: Laurie | August 20, 2012 10:44 AM

I would like to win this and give to my daughter, mother of my 6 grandchildren!

Posted by: Lily | September 29, 2012 7:37 AM

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