Cleaning House

A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement

About the Author

Kay Wills Wyma 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, (...Read More)

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NEWS: “Cleaning House” Author Interviews on “The 700 Club”

Cleaning House author, Kay Wills Wyma, discusses how to get your kids to help around the house with host Wendy Griffith on "The 700 Club." Discover how this former White House staff member and mom  took action to rid her home of youth entitlement. To watch her interview, please click here


NEWS: “Cleaning House” Author Guest Blogger at The New York Times!

The New York Times' Adventures in Parenting, Motherlode Blog, features Cleaning House author, Kay Wills Wyma, as she discusses her recent experience at a swim meet where everyone is a winner.

To read more on this "hot" topic, please click here.



NEWS: Focus on the Family to Rebroadcast “Cleaning House” Author in Best of 2013 Series

Focus on the Family is re-broadcasting their top radio segments in a Best of 2013 series. We’re proud to announce that FIVE of our authors have made it into the top radio programs in the year of 2013. And Kay Wyma is one of them!

  On November 26-27th, Kay’s original broadcasts will be aired one more time on the Focus on the Family radio. (If you’d like to tune in live, check your local station for times).  

You can listen to the original broadcasts here:

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NEWS: “Cleaning House” Author Talks Generation Next!

Cleaning House author Kay Wills Wyma is featured on Evangelicals for Social Justice's "Generation Next: Equipping young people for life in these turbulent times." Wyma discusses her efforts as a parent, to equip her five kids to be prepared. Click here to read more!


NEWS: “Cleaning House” Author Guest Blogger at The New York Times!

The New York Times Motherlode Blog is featuring a guest post by Cleaning House author, Kay Wills Wyma,  discussing her recent experience  at a swim meet where everyone a winner!

To read more on this "hot" topic, please  click here.

 



The Virtue of Hospitality

“… a dear friend…went home to be with the Lord recently.   

Dottie Wicker’s  “glass door welcomed any visitor with time for a chat.  Toys lined the floor for the broods that accompanied young moms willing to stop by and receive a dash of sunshine in her living room.  Dottie had a lovely set of silver containers on the front table in her modest dining room.  What would an eighty- year-old woman hide in those treasured keepsakes?  Hershey’s Kisses—a promised treat for any little visitor (and sometimes their mothers).  She expected visiting children to follow just two rules at her house:  stay out of the formal living room and collect their Kisses on the way out.  She wanted them close to her on their visits, not rummaging through the candy jar. 

I hope to grow old as gracefully as my lovely neighbor did.

With her other-centeredness, Dottie exemplified the heart of hospitality.  She welcomed me, a stranger, into her home and we sat on her couch getting to know each other, watching my kids politely scamper through her toys.  Dottie’s grandchildren lived in Baltimore.  Those toys were for guests.  Her house was warm but not fancy.  There wasn’t food, but conversation flowed.  She never burdened; she always loved…

…our sweet Dottie was teaching about her favorite subject: hospitality.  It isn’t just a word, a gift or an act.  It’s a lifestyle.   And it might be what life’s all about.

Something along the lines of loving ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”

Excerpted from Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma


Daily Reflection: How can I better live the virtue of hospitality every day?


NEWS: “Cleaning House” Author Discusses How to Help Your Kids Be More Independent!

 

Cleaning House author, Kay Wills Wyma, shares her experience in helping to make her own kids more independent on Louisville's WHAS, Great Day LIVE!

For every parent who is  picking their kids' clothes off the floor, making their beds, waiting on them hand and foot...click here to watch!


NEWS: “Cleaning House” Author Talks With Glenn Beck on The Blaze TV!

Entitlement? What's the big deal? Cleaning House author Kay Wills Wyma discusses its growing impact in society with Glenn Beck, on The Blaze TV.  Click here to watch.


NEWS: “Cleaning House” Author on “Marie!”

Cleaning House author Kay Wills Wyma shares simple tasks that helped her kids learn valuable lessons with host, Marie Osmond.

"Marie" airs on the Hallmark Channel, to a national audience of 87 million. For more, click here.


NEWS: “Cleaning House” Author Discusses Teenage Suicide in New York Times’ Motherlode

Cleaning House author Kay Wills Wyma discusses teenage suicide in the New York Times Motherlode blog. 

Wyma discusses the possible role responsibilities may play in helping to prevent the growing statistics and trend. To read her entire post "Could Responsibilities Help Prevent Teenage Suicide?" click here.

 


NEWS: Kay Wills Wyma Featured in Dec. 2012 “Thriving Family” Magazine

Cleaning House author Kay Wills Wyma offers practical help for the holidays in her article "An Others-Centered Christmas." Featured in the December 2012 issue of Focus on the Family's Thriving Family Magazine, Wyma provides thoughtful and meaningful ways to reach out to others this Christmas.

Click here for more!


NEWS: “Cleaning House” Featured on “Today’s Christian Woman”

Author Kay Wills Wyma's  Cleaning House is featured on Christianity Today's , Today's Christian Woman, titled "No More Entitlement: My countercultural determination to raise independent kids."

Included is Wyma's "Top Twelve Things A Kid Should Know Before Flying the Coop!" To read more, click here.


NEWS: “Cleaning House” Mentioned in New York Times “Motherlode” Blog

Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma is mentioned in The New York Times "Motherlode" blogpost, "Our Spoiled Rotten Children."  Click here to read.

This is the second time "Cleaning House" has been in the NYT. Wyma's  guest post "Let Them Climb Trees (And Fall)"was featured June 28. For more, click here .


NEWS: “Cleaning House” Author Featured in The New York Times “Motherlode”

Kay Wills Wyma, author of Cleaning House,  is featured in The New York Times "Motherlode" blog. To read her "Let Them Climb Trees (And Fall)" parenting adventure, click here!


NEWS: “Cleaning House” Author Featured in MACLEANS Magazine

Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine MACLEANS, reaching 2.4 million readers, featured Cleaning House author Kay Wills Wyma. Click here to read!


NEWS: Author Kay Wills Wyma Interviews on Dallas’ Fox News “Good Day”

Cleaning House Author Kay Wills Wyma discusses how and why her "Mom's 12 -Month Experiement to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement" all began! Click here to watch and learn.


NEWS: “Cleaning House” Featured on “Fox & Friends”

Tune in to to watch Kay Wills Wyma, author of Cleaning House, interview on Fox & Friends. To watch, "Do Your Kids Think Money Grows on Trees" under Latest Videos, click here, "


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What Would Your Life be Like if Anything Were Possible?

Click here to download the first chapter of Cleaning House now.

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.

Click here to download the first chapter of Cleaning House now.


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