Thoughts from the Road – Father’s Day

Thoughts from the Road with the Real Kathy Lee: Father's DayAs Father’s Day approaches, I wanted to take time to celebrate the men that make such a difference in our children’s lives. Since we are at the GHC conference in California, I decided to walk around and chat with some of the men that are here and get their thoughts on Fatherhood. You are going to love what they had to say! Grab the main man in your life and listen to this podcast together. This could even be a fun date night for you guys. Grab some wine and cheese, snuggle up and push play.

On this special episode you are going to hear tips, stories and advice from some pretty amazing men. I enjoyed chatting with, Dennis Denoia with Mr. D Math, Hector Olquin with TalkBox.Mom, Ethan Demme with Math U See, SD and Josiah Smith, with the Green Ember Series, Adam Andrews with The Center for Lit, and Michael Somerville with Tapestry of Grace. I love what these guys had to say. I walked away so encouraged and inspired and believe you will feel the same.

Thank you, dads! You really do make such a difference for your families. You are the ones who lead, guide, encourage and support. I hope you will show your strength and tenderness on a regular basis. I hope you all know that you are appreciated for what you do! Happy Happy Father’s Day! A special thanks for my dad for always encouraging me to chase my dreams. I love dad, 8,2, 1 and a whole bunch!

 

 

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Thanks for listening. If you have topics you would like for me to discuss or people you would like to hear from, let me know. Just email me at kathy@thehomegrownpreschooler.com or shoot me a message on social media.

 

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Foreign Language in a Day

Foreign Languages in a Day with TalkBox.Mom and The Real Kathy Lee

Today was a fun one! While in Richmond, VA for the HEAV conference, I got the chance to chat with the founder of TALKBOX.MOM and learn more about her super cool business that helps families speak a new language the first day you put it into practice. If you are like me, the idea of teaching your kids a foreign language is intimidating. I always worry about saying the words wrong and I never can get the accent right. I was thankful when Adalaide shared that it is totally okay if words are mispronounced and accents are off. In fact, that is the very reason she includes authentic audio with every book. I LOVE THAT!

As a mom of two, Adalaide understands the importance of knowing other languages in today’s society. It was her opinion that it is never too early to start introducing a new language. With her lovely talk box cards, everyday phrases get reinforced easily throughout the day.

By the end of our time together, Adalaide had me convinced that I could actually learn Japanese before my trip next year. Additionally, I plan on getting a TALKBOX set in Spanish in order to support my son and daughter in law as they raise my grandbabies in a bilingual household. I think it is safe to say that I am a big fan of all that Adalaide is doing with TALKBOX.MOM.

Lastly, Adalaide offered a big discount to anyone listening to the show today!!! If you use the code HOMEGROWNPRESCHOOLER, you will save $40 off your subscription.

Go check it out… NOW! You will thank me!

Say YES and have a great week!!!

Thanks for listening. If you have topics you would like for me to discuss or people you would like to hear from, let me know. Just email me at kathy@thehomegrownpreschooler.com or shoot me a message on social media.

 

Thank you to The Homegrown Preschooler for sponsoring this Podcast! Check out the blog post Kathy mentioned, Farmhouse Schoolhouse, to read more about A Year of Playing Skillfully.

Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at

The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s The Deal With Ages and Stages?

What's the deal with ages and stages in child development? Why are ages and stages important???

So that we can set developmentally appropriate expectations.

Developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) is an approach to teaching grounded in the research on how young children develop and learn and in what is known about effective early education. Its framework is designed to promote young children’s optimal learning and development.

Check out this presentation on Ages and Stages from Kathy Lee by clicking here!

The best way to teach children in a developmentally appropriate manner is through PLAY…

In short…PLAY builds the brain, develops the whole child, and contributes to children becoming who they were meant to be.

“Play is a vital way for the brain to integrate its divergent parts and build complex synaptic connections. This is key to brain stabilization, organization and development. “ – Stuart Brown, MD

“When children play, their brains are engaged in numerous pattern-seeking processes that construct, organize and synthesize knowledge.

These processes Include:

  • Sorting
  • Ordering
  • Classifying
  • Counting
  • Patterning
  • Measuring
  • problem solving
  • organizing
  • comparing
  • describing
  • storytelling
  • Inventing
  • constructing
  • deciding 
  • explaining
  • mapping
  • cooperating
  • experimenting
  • imagining
  • questioning
  • creating
  • symbol making

What is the role of a DAP Teacher/parent?

  • Observe
  • Facilitate
  • Encourage
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Focus on progression rather than perfection
  • Remember

“Childhood is the world of miracle and wonder, as if creation rose and bathed in light, out of darkness, utterly new and fresh and astonishing. The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us. When the world seems familiar, when we have gotten used to existence, one has become an adult.” – E. Jonesco

“Every stage of development is complete in itself. The 3 year old is not an incomplete 5 year old. The child is not an incomplete adult. Never are we simply on our way, always we have arrived!   Enjoy now!” – JC Pearce

Mother’s Day Surprise

Mother's Day Surprise! with The Real Kathy Lee Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all of you moms listening!! This week I thought I would share some reminders from a talk I have been giving this summer at conferences across the country. At the end of this episode, I have a BIG surprise; you don’t want to miss it!

During my talk, “What Every Mother of Preschooler Needs to Know” I share the following:

  1. Your children will remember how you lived.

How do you spend your time? What are your passions? Will they remember that you were physically and emotionally present?

  1. Your children will remember how you loved.

How do you love? Do you show affection? Say I love you?

  1. Your children will remember what you loved.

What do you love? People? Things? Birds?

  1. Your children will remember whom you loved.

Do you love others? Do they see that? Do you love yourself? Do they see that? Hear that?

  1. Your children will grow up and will mother like you.

Someone once said, “The days are long but the years are short.” This is such a true statement. They grow up so incredibly fast and before we know it, we will witness them being moms and dads just like us. Yes, they will resemble you in so many ways. You are their model for what a mom looks like.

What’s the surprise, you ask? I have decided to add one more spot to my birthday celebration weekend. If you would like to be the final person chosen to attend, please like or follow me on Instagram @_therealkathylee or like my page FB @The Real Kathy Lee.

Don’t forget to check out www.heartsathome.org to learn more about Hearts at Home 2.0.

I hope you all have a fabulous Mother’s Day!

 

Say YES and have a great week!!!

Thanks for listening. If you have topics you would like for me to discuss or people you would like to hear from, let me know. Just email me at kathy@thehomegrownpreschooler.com or shoot me a message on social media.

 

Thank you to The Homegrown Preschooler for sponsoring this Podcast! Check out the blog post Kathy mentioned, Farmhouse Schoolhouse, to read more about A Year of Playing Skillfully.

Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at

The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking in the Mirror

Self-Awareness: Looking in the Mirror with the Real Kathy LeeThis week I spent hours and hours talking with some friends that were going through some pretty serious issues. Ladies, we need each other. This week isn’t about your toddler biting or your four year-old who wets the bed. This week, let’s talk honestly about YOU… and me… and all of us.

self-a·ware·ness

ˈˌself əˈwernəs/

noun

  1. conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires.

“the process can be painful but it leads to greater self-awareness”

Would you say that you are self-aware? How does one become self-aware? Does it even matter? On this week’s episode I share my thoughts on this subject and my journey of self-awareness. I fully believe that our past influences our present. Believe me, I don’t have it all figured out and the number one thing I tell everyone is GIVE YOURSELF GRACE. We all need it!

I suggest the following as you look in the mirror:

 

  1. Be still
  2. Be honest
  3. Be vulnerable
  4. Share your journey with a few people you can trust.
  5. Be willing to learn.

Check out Andy Stanley’s sermon, What Happy Couples Know.

If you haven’t heard of Robin Sharma, please check out his site.

Of course, Brene’ Brown’s TED Talk is one of my favorites on the subject of vulnerability and her book, Rising Strong is brilliant.

Hugs for you as you take a look in the mirror this week. May you find the strength to be honest with yourself and address anything that might have been hiding or tucked away.

Say YES and have a great week!!!

Thanks for listening. If you have topics you would like for me to discuss or people you would like to hear from, let me know. Just email me at kathy@thehomegrownpreschooler.com or shoot me a message on social media.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast and leave a review on iTunes!!!

Thank you to The Homegrown Preschooler for sponsoring this Podcast! Check out the blog post Kathy mentioned, Farmhouse Schoolhouse, to read more about A Year of Playing Skillfully.

Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at

The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

 

 

You Feel How You Feel

You Feel How You Feel -- with the Real Kathy LeeHenry was not too happy about taking a picture as a COW! I tried to explain that getting FREE Chick Fil A was definitely a reason to be happy, but he would have NO part in it. He was mad.

Helping kids navigate through their emotions is one of the toughest parts of parenting. Heck, it is often tough for us as adults to navigate through our own emotions. On this week’s episode, we talk about the big subject of FEELINGS.

I think Mr. Rogers was the first to encourage talking about how you feel. He would always say that it was brave to talk about your feelings. I agree. It is hard to say you are mad or sad or hurt. However, if we want well-adjusted adults, we need to teach them to be able to work through all of the normal emotions of living. Often, we tell kids to stop crying or just get over it, but this doesn’t help them work through the emotion. Giving them permission to be sad or mad is the first step in helping them move forward. Next, find a way to help them navigate their feelings and create healthy coping mechanisms to dealing with them, especially those of deep sadness or anger. Teaching them how to take deep breaths, find space and time to process, and talk through how they feel are some that we have used in our home.

One of the best ways to help children deal with their emotions is to model coping skills when dealing with your own emotions. We all get sad and mad; it is how we deal with it that matters most.

Say YES and have a great week!!!

Thanks for listening. If you have topics you would like for me to discuss or people you would like to hear from, let me know. Just email me at kathy@thehomegrownpreschooler.com or shoot me a message on social media.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast and leave a review on iTunes!!!

Thank you to The Homegrown Preschooler for sponsoring this Podcast! Check out the blog post Kathy mentioned, Farmhouse Schoolhouse, to read more about A Year of Playing Skillfully.

Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at

The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons From the Road – Families: Does Size Matter?

Families: Does Size Matter? Lessons From the Road with The Real Kathy LeeI had such a great time speaking at the Midwest Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio! I met so many moms and dads who all desire to love and teach their kids well. This weekend, I heard a lot of moms share how overwhelmed they were and how they were struggling at home. This combined with some recent conversations about family size and kids growing up feeling left out and overlooked made me start thinking about family size. Is there a perfect number of kids? Is there a family size that is easiest to manage? Does a small family size guarantee each child will have a quality childhood? Are we all called to raise 12 + arrows? Lots of things were running through my mind. When my dear friend, Christy Montes showed up for coffee and catch up we started talking about my weekend in Cincinnati and recent thoughts. I decided that maybe some of you had been thinking about these things too, so I grabbed my microphone and hit record.

Honestly, Christy and I have no idea how many children are best for your family. However, we have been involved with lots of families for many years and have experience and witnessed some things that we thought we should share to help you as you talk openly about this subject. Let us know what you thought about this episode. HUGS from home (where I get to stay for several weeks)!!! 

Blessings!

ps- Did you hear that I am turning 50 this year?? To celebrate, I am inviting ten moms from across the country to spend the weekend at my house in August. My goal is for you to sit by the pool, relax and have great conversation with other moms. My bestie, Christy will be hanging out with us too! If you want to take the final spot, shoot me an email or message on social media and tell me why you want to be chosen!! Good luck!

Say YES and have a great week!!!

Thanks for listening. If you have topics you would like for me to discuss or people you would like to hear from, let me know. Just email me at kathy@thehomegrownpreschooler.com or shoot me a message on social media.

 


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What’s A Dad Supposed To Do – Catching Up With Michael Somerville

What Is A Dad Supposed To Do? With The Real Kathy LeeI am back from the cruise with Grace (we had a wonderful time) and in Cincinnati for the GHC convention. This was a great time to catch up with Mike Somerville with Tapestry of Grace! I adore Michael and his family (Jessica and the girls). They are a beautiful example of to new homeschool families. As second generation homeschoolers, they have lived in this crazy world for some time now and have an interesting perspective to share.

Today, Michael shares his thoughts on a Father’s role in homeschooling. I love his ideas and think that every dad could benefit from listening to what he has to say. If you are a mom, don’t think this episode isn’t for you. It is. Take a listen and think through the ways your man can support you on this journey. An honest conversation about your needs can help your man know what his role should be.

Check out Tapestry of Grace and their amazing curriculum at www.tapestryofgrace.com.

This week the upcoming film, LIKE ARROWS, is sponsoring our podcast. LIKE ARROWS explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit LIKEARROWSMOVIE.COM. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

Blessings!

Say YES and have a great week!!!

Thanks for listening. If you have topics you would like for me to discuss or people you would like to hear from, let me know. Just email me at kathy@thehomegrownpreschooler.com or shoot me a message on social media.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast and leave a review on iTunes!!!

 


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

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Thoughts about my Upcoming Graduate

Thoughts About My Upcoming Graduate - The Real Kathy LeeI can’t believe that I have another senior this year (insert tears)! In just a few short weeks, Grace will be graduating high school and pursuing her passions as a make up artist and esthetician. I am so proud of the young woman she has become. Before she graduates, we are heading on a senior trip (a Caribbean Cruise) this week. As I was thinking about this upcoming trip and her graduation, I started asking myself if I have covered all of the parenting talks. Of course not, how do we EVER share EVERYTHING. I did decide to make a list of some conversations and topics I wanted to have with her this week. I can’t think of another time in her 18 years that we have been alone for this long. We will be together for eight days and I thought I would mention one topic per day.

  1. BE YOURSELF
  2. LOVE YOURSELF
  3. LOVE OTHERS
  4. HAVE BOUNDARIES
  5. TALKING ALWAYS HELPS
  6. RELATIONSHIPS ARE WORK
  7. QUALITY IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN QUANTITY, ESPECIALLY IN FRIENDSHIPS
  8. EXPECTATIONS RUIN RELATIONSHIPS

I am excited to spend this time with Grace. I want to say a special thank you to my husband who encouraged me to say YES to this special trip with her. Next week, I will be in Cincinnati at the GHC conference! Can’t wait to see what lessons are waiting for me there! Happy SPRING!

 

 

Blessings!

Say YES and have a great week!!!

Thanks for listening. If you have topics you would like for me to discuss or people you would like to hear from, let me know. Just email me at kathy@thehomegrownpreschooler.com or shoot me a message on social media.

 


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

Visit here to learn more.


Loving Yourself with Dr. Angie Ates

Loving Yourself with Dr. Angie Ates and The Real Kathy LeeOh, this episode is going to make you cry. Well, I can’t guarantee that it will make you cry. I cried. Dr. Angie Ates is a Natural Health Educator and a mom of three who has been on an amazing journey and is now helping others find physical and emotional health.  Please do yourself a favor and find a lovely spot in the sunshine (all alone if possible) to listen to this episode. Take along your headphones, a journal, a pen, and maybe a pack of tissues. This episode just might save your life.

Dr. Angie shares her thoughts on why so many women in their 30’s are facing autoimmune disease and other illnesses. She shares some powerful words for young moms who are rapidly losing themselves to their role of motherhood. I love the practical advice and encouragement she offers. I know that many of you are going to be challenged to look in the mirror and be honest with yourself. I pray that you will take that challenge and implement what you hear on this episode. Let’s agree to do at least ONE thing to show ourselves love. I plan on implementing repeating lovely affirmations to myself every morning, what will you do?

Dr. Angie Ates

To learn more about Dr. Angie, visit her site and check out her book, Sensational Sanity Savvy Strategies. Okay, I am going to go finish crying and then say some nice things to myself.

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Blessings!

Say YES and have a great week!!!

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