Review - Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma ~ Practical Guide for Parents to Overcome Youth Entitlement

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WaterBrook PressThis Mother’s Day…friends, family and spouses can give the gift that keeps on giving, not only to a special mom, but to her kids, too! Helicopter moms everywhere (A mom who hovers over her child; overprotecting; over parenting; doing everything possible to make her child’s life easier) are waking up to discover that their family life needs some major adjusting…and "they" are the ones that are going to have to step-up and make choices to benefit the whole family!

Cleaning House by former White House employee and recovering enabling mother Kay Wills Wyma, chronicles her decision to run a one-year experiment of empowering her five children to master the basic tasks of independence.

Filled with insight, humor and practical steps to overcome enabling, Wyma shares how the process not only changed her kids…but provided her with valuable insights for every parent who seeks to rid their child of youth entitlement.  Keep reading to learn more!

I reviewed Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma from WaterBrook Press, which retails for $14.99, but is currently on sale for $10.29 with FREE SHIPPING.

Cleaning House by Kay Wills WymaCleaning House 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 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.


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 her husband, this recovering enabler is committed to equipping the next generation to achieve great things in the future by piling on the responsibility today.

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma from WaterBrook Press in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective. 
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!

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