The Real Kathy Lee


The REAL Kathy Lee is an honest podcast for REAL moms.

It didn’t take me long as a mom to realize that I make a lot of mistakes and can pretty much be summed up as a hot mess most days. I have lost shoes, let children eat Twizzlers for breakfast, forgotten birthday parties, and flat out pitched my own temper tantrums. Luckily, that isn’t the entire story. My journey has also included sweet connecting moments, learning some valuable lessons and making some outstanding memories along the way. Honestly, I have been all over the place during my twenty plus years as a mom. The most important thing I have learned is that grace is a beautiful thing. I even had the words FEARLESS GRACE tattooed on my arm so I would always remember that this mom is to fearlessly lead with grace.

We are going to get REAL during our times together. We are going to talk about real life… real motherhood. Topics will include helicopter parenting, how to really connect with your children, how to find your joy in motherhood, why every mom needs an “all by herself” vacation, how to refrain from jumping in the car and just driving away, and why saying YES is the most powerful response to a young child’s requests.

As a mother of many (both biological and adopted), I know that this mothering gig isn’t for whimps. Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage) and get ready to laugh, maybe cry, and hopefully be incredibly encouraged on this beautiful journey of motherhood.

Always remember that if this hot mess can rock motherhood, so can YOU!

You’ve got this!


“Kathy Lee is one of the most loving and encouraging people I know. She is passionate about helping moms succeed, without ignoring the hardships that come along with the choice to homeschool. We admire and respect the openness with which she lives as well as the humor and encouragement that she brings into the messiness of the life we all live!

Kathy has gained much wisdom from her experience and she shares it willingly. Along with her wisdom, she thoughtfully shares the principles behind what she believes is most helpful when creating a wonderful home and family. From those principles she helps you decide what you should prioritize for your specific family and how to accomplish those goals. Kathy doesn’t give you a list of rules to follow, but instead she comes alongside you and helps you follow God’s leading for your family.  

Kathy is a wonderful teacher who will help you as you travel this parenting journey! We trust that you will come away from her teaching more encouraged and eager to continue on this path God has called you to. Enjoy!” — Michael and Jessica Somerville – Tapestry of Grace

Momfessions Episodes

Mothering is a Marathon with Keri Vasek

It had been a while since I had Keri on the show. Actually, it had been a while since Keri and I had talked in real life. It was good to catch up with her and hear what was on her heart. Keri took a few minutes to catch us up on her home and […]

Fun Ways to Survive the Winter with Little Ones

On this week’s show, I share my thoughts about winter… YUCK. I am a sunny, warm weather girl all the way. I admit, the dreary winter days can get tough. I think they are tougher when you have little ones who are tired of being inside and are whining their way through winter. Hopefully, the […]

Hitting Reset in 2018

I am still blown away that it is 2018! I was just texting a friend that I met back in 1988 during a summer mission trip to Daytona Beach Florida. Thirty years… what? How has it been thirty years since that magnificent summer? Okay, I digress. Back to the show.   This week I wanted […]

Setting Intentions for 2018 with Christy Montes

I can’t believe 2017 is coming to an end. It seems just yesterday I was ringing in 2017 with family and sweet friends, including ASH A LEE. I remember last year, Ashley and I decided that FORWARD would be our word for 2017 and I think both of us lived out that word in our […]

Headache Free Holiday Traditions

Today, Lesli (my business partner and friend) and I chatted about our holiday traditions. We agreed that holiday traditions can be a blessing as long as you don’t get sucked into believing that things must go a certain way every year. We each have traditions that have been carried on from our parents/grandparents. I shared […]

Holidays on a Budget with Lesli Richards

On today’s show, I invited my business partner, Lesli Richards from to chat with me about enjoying the holidays during the lean years.Lesli and I have both experienced years when we had no idea how we would pay for Christmas. However, with a little creativity and lowered expectations we did it.   The gifts… […]

What I Think Your Preschooler Really Needs for Christmas

On today’s show I talked about Christmas presents for young learners. Well-meaning adults often focus on the amount of presents under the tree, but this year I want to encourage them (and you) to focus on quality toys and presents instead. Quality Wooden Blocks – I mention Constructive Playthings on the show and they have […]

Q & A with Ashley Smoot

We had some great questions come in for this episode. I will be the first to say that I don’t have all the answers, but I usually do have an opinion. Hope you enjoy this candid Q & A with one of my besties, Ash-A-Lee!!! 1. Jessica asked…. “How do you follow the lead of […]

Top Ten Things Your Preschooler Wants You to Know

Tomorrow, I get to share my passion for preschoolers with about 100 preschool teachers. I am sharing with them the Top Ten Things Preschooler Want You to Know. I thought you might enjoy hearing this list, as well. #10 –Just because I use potty talk does not mean I have to go potty. When I […]

Living on the Offense

The past few months have been exhausting… physically and emotionally. Although lots of great things have been happening, they have taken their toll. I have found myself moving from living on the Offense to living on the Defense. Have you ever been there? I don’t think any of us make a conscience decision to live […]

Creating Inviting Spaces with Your Little Ones

When my sweet friend, Misty sent me a Marco Polo (a cool video app) asking my opinion on her child’s playroom, I thought it would be a good idea to share my thoughts with all of you on creating inviting spaces for your little ones! Everyone is worthy of feeling as if they belong, especially […]

How to Have Those BIG Talks with Your Kids with Christy Montes

Christy Montes is back to chat about those BIG talks. Christy and I have had many talks with all of our kids over the years and thought you guys might benefit from hearing from us on this topic. We have done some things well, but we have messed up plenty. If you want to have […]

Fangirling over Brene’ Brown at Catalyst (Catalyst Leader, Atlanta)

As I mentioned last week, I recently attended my first ever Catalyst Leadership Conference.  Day one of the conference was inspiring and convicting, however it was Day two that I was really excited about. If I am being honest, the only way my business partner convinced me to attend was by telling me that Brene’ […]

The Courage to Love Big

The Courage to Love Big – with The Real Kathy Lee Today I attended my first ever Catalyst Leadership Conference. Wow. The theme of this year’s conference is Of Good Courage. That theme rang throughout everyone’s message, but there was a sub them ringing even a little louder in my heart. Speaker after speaker mentioned […]

You’ve Got This! When Motherhood is Hard

If you have listened to my podcast for very long, you have heard me say… You’ve Got This. You might have wondered what in the world I actually mean by that statement. Today’s podcast explains my thoughts as I share such an empowering phrase. Motherhood is hard. We become parents through pregnancy or adoption, both […]

Bringing out the Master Chef in Your Child – with Samantha Barnes of Raddish

I remember walking by this super cute booth at a homeschool conference and wondering what in the world they were selling. At first glance I noticed measuring cups, colorful picture cards and other cooking utensils. I decided to stop and take a closer look and quickly began chatting with the exhibitor at the booth. The […]

Let’s Get Organized!

Things don’t always work out as planned, but I have learned that it is usually for a good reason. Hoping that is the case with this week’s episode. I was scheduled to talk to my good friend, Mary Ann Kohl (author and process art expert). However, Mary Ann had to cancel so I called up […]

How to Intentionally Connect with Your Children with Graeme Pitman

OOOOOHHHH, I love the show this week. Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Graeme Pitman, creative director of The Circe Institute. As I have watched his social media accounts, I have giggled and sat in amazement at the connecting moments he has had with his three young children. […]

What If I Think My Child Needs a Diagnosis?

I have the coolest friends. Sometimes I forget that they are even more amazing in their careers. This is the case with my friend, Lei Rhyne. Not only did she homeschool her kiddos fro several years, is beautiful and funny, she is also a psychometrist… say that three times fast. When she mentioned to me […]

Are You An Unaware Mommy Shamer?

Have you ever been guilty of mommy shaming? I sure have. I honestly did not realize I was doing it until years later, but unfortunately that doesn’t change the fact that I did it in the first place. I hope this episode will encourage you to look at yourself and make sure you aren’t guilty […]

Schooling Out of the Box with Holly Giles

What happens when life throws you a curve ball and you suspect that you need to throw out your entire school plan? Holly Giles knows what happens, you throw the plan out the window.  If you have ever considered schooling out of the box, you will not want to miss this episode. Holly shares openly […]

Q and A from the Road: The Woodlands

During a recent trip to Texas, I had the pleasure of attending Morning in the Mud with Keri, speaking and sharing A Year of Playing Skillfully at the THSC conference in The Woodlands, meeting and receiving a makeover from the adorable Cuore, and several late night podcast recordings in the hotel room with Jamie and […]

Bigs, Middles, and Littles – Homeschool Children Across The Ages

Jamie, Arlene, and I had so much fun recording our podcast for last week, we decided to keep the party going and record a second one. At every conference people ask us how we homeschool children across the ages. We figured it might be something the podcast world would want us to talk about as […]

If WE Could Turn Back Time

THSC in The Woodlands is always a fun conference. One of the reasons I love it so much is that I get to hang out with two of my favorite ladies on the planet, Arlene and Jamie. We even wore the same NAME on our nametags all weekend and enjoyed the confused looks we received. […]

Morning in the Mud with Keri Vasek

What a morning! Once a month, my sweet friend Keri Vasek opens her home up to mommas in the Houston area for a morning of togetherness and MUD! Yes, MUD! I wanted to see this event first hand so before I headed to the THSC conference in The Woodlands, I made a stop at Keri’s […]

Facing the Fall

Since Ashley and I were talking summer, we thought we would also talk about the thing that comes right after summer… THE FALL. It seems that as soon as July 4th passes, my brain immediately turns to the fall and making plans. Over the years I have learned a few things that help me as […]

Surviving Summer with Ashley Smoot

Well, it was the week of July 4th and summer is in full swing. Boat rides at the lake, sun in the fun at the pool, cookouts, and fireworks. What makes those events even more fun is one of your besties coming in town to celebrate with you. Ashley and I had a blast hanging […]

Activities that Guarantee a Great Summer

I can’t believe that the first official day of summer was last week. Here in Georgia, it has been HOT for a couple of months now. While I love summer, sometimes I feel it throws me off my game because I am out of my routine. If you are like me, try some of these […]

Thoughts for Dads from One Daddy’s Little Girl

I hope all of the dads listening today had a great Father’s Day! In honor of my dad I thought I would share some thoughts on Fatherhood from a “daddy’s little girl” and mom’s perspective. I think the most important things for dads to remember is: Be present. – There is a famous saying, the […]

Real Talk for Real Fathers with John Finch

About this time last year, I was introduced to John Finch on Twitter. John asked me to write an article for his encouraging dads project. You can read that here… As I learned more about John and what he does for fathers, I knew I wanted to have him on the show. In this […]

Fathers as Storytellers with SD and Josiah Smith

On this episode I had the privilege of speaking with the SD (Sam) Smith and his brother, Josiah. I met these sharp dressed men a couple of years ago as Sam’s book, The Green Ember was being launched. Sam and Josiah are one of four boys and have a passion for fatherhood and making every […]

Interview with Elsie Iudicello from FARMHOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE

It has been two years since I first met Elsie from Farmhouse Schoolhouse. Since then, she has become an Instagram and blogging rock star! When I read her post, Why We Said Yes, I teared up reading how Elsie found us at FPEA (Florida Parent-Educators Association) and why she chose to buy our curriculum. Since […]

Why NO and MINE are good words for Toddlers

I often get asked how to deal with NO and MINE in toddler world. I see them both as positive words for this age. Toddlers are realizing that they are indeed human and separate from their parents. Isn’t what we hope all of our children realize! 😉 Up until this point someone has made all […]

Little Ones CAN (and SHOULD) Do It!

Jan Smith is a rock star when it comes to parenting and homeschooling! She is a mother, grandmother, homeschooling advocate, businesswoman, jazz band member and mentor to many! I first met Jan after she heard one of my talks and invited me to speak at the Louisiana State Homeschool conference a few years ago. I […]

Mother’s Day Q&A with Ashley Smoot

Recently, I went on Social Media asking moms what questions they would like me to answer on this mother’s day edition of The Real Kathy Lee. I couldn’t believe sooooo many questions were submitted. Although we didn’t get to them all, we did cover some really good ones. Ashley sorted through the questions and chose […]

Are You a BAD Mom? When Motherhood Does Not Go As Expected

On this episode I had the privilege of chatting with my beautiful daughter in love, Caroline. Last June, Caroline made me a grandmother when she gave birth to the coolest twin boys! Levi and Titus rocked all of our worlds, especially hers. Caroline gets real and vulnerable as she shares her journey of expectations vs […]

Confessions of a Fake Supermom – Part 2

I hope you enjoyed part 1 of my Confessions of a Fake Supermom podcast and are ready for some more confessions! Last week I showed a real picture from my laundry room and talked about five of the not so perfect ways I have mothered my kiddos. If you missed them, here is a recap: […]

Confessions of a Fake Supermom – Part 1

Sooooo, how did you like that cover photo this week? Well, since we are confessing… that picture was taken when I was putting my house on the market. See the picture below… this is how my laundry room often looked! Yep, I am a fake. I can pretend I have it together by hosting a […]

Raising Artists without Losing Your Mind with Lesli Richards

In this episode, I invited Lesli Richards to join me to talk about the importance and beauty of including Art in your home without losing your mind. Lesli is the homeschooling mother of five and a former Classical Conversations director and tutor. In addition, Lesli is a dear friend and my business partner at The […]

Taking Care of YOU – Mind, Body, and Soul with Christy Montes

Episode 7: Taking Care of YOU – Mind, Body, and Soul with Christy Montes In last week’s episode I chatted with my dear friend and naturopath doctor, Christy Montes about transforming yourself from Last to First. If you missed it, DO NOT listen to this episode without going back and listening to that one first. […]

From Last to First with Christy Montes

  From Last to First with The Real Kathy Lee On this episode, I have the pleasure of chatting with my dear friend, Christy Montes. Christy is the homeschooling mother of four girls and works as a naturopath, serving others through her gift in the industry of natural medicine. Both Christy and I share our […]

Unrealistic Expectations

Unrealistic Expecations with The Real Kathy Lee Episode #5 I had a great time talking with Keri Vasek about the unrealistic expectations we as moms put on ourselves. You might remember Keri from Episode 2 where we talked about Losing Your Joy in Motherhood. Keri is the mother of three “muddlings” and enjoys encouraging other […]

Even Second Generation Homeschoolers Make Mistakes

Even Second Generation Homeschoolers Make Mistakes Episode #4 As I travel across the country, I am fortunate to meet some amazing people. Two of those I have met along the way are Mike and Jessica Somerville with Tapestry of Grace. Recently, I met up with Mike and Jessica at the Great Homeschool Conventions in Fort […]

Why Every Mom Should Say Yes

Why Every Mom Should Say Yes Episode #3 And, why saying YES is a MUST … in this episode I will take you on a trip down memory lane. You should probably grab a box of tissues before pushing play! My goal is for every child to have a childhood full of beautiful memories and that […]

Rediscovering The Joy In Motherhood

Rediscovering the Joy in Motherhood with Kathy Lee On this episode, I have the pleasure of talking with one of my favorite homeschooling moms on the planet. Keri Vasek is the mother of three muddlings and opens up to share her journey of losing her joy (and rediscovering it). You will see in this episode […]

Meet The Real Kathy Lee

Meet The Real Kathy Lee – a special interview of Kathy Lee with Ashley Smoot Episode #1 On this episode, you get to learn all about me through an interview with my dear friend Ashley (lovingly referred to as ASH A LEE from here on out). We talk about my background as a Child Development […]

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