The Enneagram and Self-Care- with Keri Vasek

, I barely know anything about The Enneagram, but I am passionate about self-care. Keri comes this week to help us! #podcast #enneagramI think Keri and I could talk for thirty minutes about almost anything, but this thirty minutes was especially fun and went by super-fast. This topic is one of interest to both of us. Honestly, I barely know anything about The Enneagram, but I am passionate about self-care. Not because I do it well but because I know how desperately we all need it. As always, in this podcast we share our honest thoughts about this topic and hopefully encourage you to take a look inside to see what makes you, YOU.

Perfect Vasek Kids.

 

After you listen to this podcast, you might be interested in taking The Enneagram Test. Look for a free one online. If you are interested in reading more, check out the book Keri mentioned, The Road Back to You by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile. You can also listen to Ian Cron’s podcast, Typology if you really want to be an Enneagram freak like Keri. 🙂

 

 

Even if you decide not to learn your Enneagram type, I hope you will at least get quiet and ask yourself the following questions:

 

  1. Who am I?
  2. What are my constant struggles?
  3. What is the root of those struggles?
  4. What are my strengths?
  5. What would others say about me?
  6. What do I need to do to grow on my journey?

 

Dare to be reflective and dare to take care of yourself!

 

Have a great week!

 

To follow my son, Joshua’s journey of fighting a rare Leukemia, check out his Caring Bridge site or FB group.

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!!! Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

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

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Is YES Really Best? with Keri Vasek

Both Keri and I know that saying yes isn’t always easy and sometimes is simply impossible. This podcast may help! #sayyes I always have a blast catching up with Keri Vasek. I think I need to purposely schedule to have her on the podcast so we will take time to chat on the phone. This week we decided to talk about the YES I always talk about in my talks, on this show, and pretty much any time I am with young moms.

 

 

Keri is a great example of how creating a home full of YES can change everything. As she shares on this episode, her home has become more creative, more discovery based, and more interesting since she decided to say yes to playing in the rain, digging for worms, and creative a mud pit in her backyard. Both Keri and I know that saying yes isn’t always easy and sometimes is simply impossible. This episode is not meant to lay on the guilt, it is to encourage you to give your children a chance at childhood, real childhood. I think we would all agree that we want our children to discover, experience, and have a sense of wonder about the world they live in. Children are born curious and full of ideas. Unfortunately, we adults often stifle those God given traits with our boundaries and our NO.

 

 

Find a way to say YES today. Start with one YES. Next, try TWO. Before you know it, you might have the nickname my kids gave me… the queen of YES. I will take that.

 

To follow my son, Joshua’s journey of fighting a rare Leukemia, check out his Caring Bridge site or FB group.

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!!! Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

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

The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

 


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What REALLY Matters with with Keri Vasek

Relationships… relationships matter. In this podcast, Keri and I unpack what this looks like and how to accomplish it in the middle of diaper changing and breaking up sibling fights. I know I have said it more than a thousand times, but I absolutely love meeting young moms and dads, encouraging them on their parenting journey. It has now been four years since I first met Keri at a conference in Fort Worth, TX. If you haven’t heard how we met, check out TRKL – Episode 2. A couple of weeks ago, Keri was in town for a DoTerra leadership convention and I got to sneak downtown to have lunch with her (yes, that’s Christy Montes in the picture, along with Keri’s mom and good friend, Kelly). This week Keri and I had an honest conversation about parenting in the early years and focusing on what really matters. If you are like so many other moms out there, you have had people tell you more than once that this stage of parenting flies by and most of the stuff that stresses us out simply does not matter. Well if it doesn’t matter, what DOES matter?

Relationships… relationships matter. In this episode, Keri and I unpack what this looks like and how to accomplish it in the middle of diaper changing and breaking up sibling fights. Grab a journal so you can jot down some ideas as we are talking. You know your children best and you know what they need to feel connected to you.

Some of my favorite ways to build connection are:

 

Tell stories of your childhood.

Turn on music and dance and laugh and laugh some more.

Cook together.

Set the table together.

Put phones away and play age appropriate games.

Read aloud a favorite childhood book.

Write a story together.

Go on a hike.

Have a picnic.

Make cookies for someone or your neighborhood or the nearest firestation.

Hug. Really hug. No tapping.

Listen (even if they have already told you the story 100 times).

Say yes.

 

To follow Joshua’s journey fighting a rare Leukemia, check out his Caring Bridge site or FB group.]

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!!! Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

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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.

 


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I Didn’t Want This to be Part of My Story

On this podcast, Kathy Lee shares the journey she has been going through with her son Joshua's battle with cancer.Some of you might be wondering why I took the past few months off from the podcast. I thought I would take the chance in my first podcast back to explain. A few days before Christmas, we thought our 19 year-old son, Joshua had the flu. He had a fever, vomiting and sore joints. Most of his symptoms improved throughout the Christmas holiday. However, on December 27th, he couldn’t grip his right hand and still had a low-grade fever. The pediatrician did some blood work and the next day asked us to take Joshua to the hospital. This is when we were told that he possibly had Leukemia. We were stunned. We were transported to the Bone Marrow Unit at Northside in Atlanta and honestly felt as if we were spinning in a nightmare for the next 24 hours. As nurses and doctors talked, I kept thinking… NO, I am not in this club. I don’t want to be in this club. Surely this is a mistake.

 

We now find ourselves in an all-consuming fight for his life. Joshua has a rare form of Leukemia (CRLF2 Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) and has already endured two rounds of heavy chemo (30 days per round). We are now prepping for a stem cell transplant on April 12th and we are praying this will be the thing that helps him kick cancer’s butt!

 

Through all of this I am convinced more than ever that we do not focus on the right things as young mommas. We stress over potty training, temper tantrums, and messy kitchens. Those are stressful things indeed, but they really, really, really do not matter. What matters is that you invest in the heart of your child. You sit and read. You run around outside. You snuggle. You listen. You watch. You engage. You will need this relationship with your child as they grow and face tough times. They will need this relationship with you. You never know what your story will be. I definitely didn’t see this being part of my story and I never ever wanted it. However, this IS my story and I am thankful for the relationship I have with Joshua.

To follow Joshua’s journey, check out his Caring Bridge site or FB group.


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!!! Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

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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.

 

Teaching the Fruits of the Spirit to Little Ones

 I often suggest parents start with the Fruit of the Spirit when helping little ones understand God and His world. In this podcast, I share practical ways to teach your children.I often get asked how to handle spiritual training with little ones. I believe spiritual lessons should be like every other lesson at this age, taught in a concrete manner. I often suggest parents start with the Fruit of the Spirit when helping little ones understand God and His world. In this podcast, I share practical ways to teach the following lessons:

Love

Joy

Peace

Patience

Kindness

Goodness

Faithfulness

Gentleness

Self-Control

As you have probably heard before, behavior is caught and taught. Your children will learn so much about the Fruits of the Spirit from watching YOU. Do you love others (I have an entire podcast on this subject)? Are you Joyful? Kind? Good? Faithful? Gentle? Patient? Self-Controlled? I know that I can work on these areas in my life. Each year I choose a WORD for the year. Maybe you choose a Fruit of the Spirit each year to focus on with your family. Being intentional about the Fruits of the Spirit could make a very big difference in the spiritual life of your family.

Merry Christmas!

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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!!! Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

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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.

Are you a good guest?

My friend Ashley and I had a great chat today about traveling with young kids and tips for being remembered as a good guest. Many of you will be traveling with young kids during the holidays. My friend, Ashley will be traveling too. She and I had a great chat today about traveling with young kids and tips for being remembered as a good guest.

  1. Make a phone call to the host family. Ask if you need to bring high chairs/portable cribs/ sleeping bags, etc. Also, ask if any special clothes will be needed for events happening during your visit.
  2. Pack some activities in Ziploc bags for the car ride and trip. Blocks, cars, animals, puzzles, books, crayons, stickers and paper work great!
  3. Discuss with your spouse who will put kids to bed each night so that each of you get some “adult” time on your trip.
  4. Ask for the tentative meal schedule and inform hostess of any scheduling conflicts your family has, so everyone can plan.
  5. Ask before doing. Ask about the house rules (no shoes on carpet, no eating in family room, etc…) and let your kids know these up front. Just because you have certain rules at your house doesn’t mean your host family will have the same rules.
  6. Keep your space picked up. Even if you don’t make your bed at home, it is good manners to make your bed, daily when visiting others.
  7. If children are disruptive, remove them from the situation. Very few children suddenly start behaving again after a big meltdown. Often this is due to lack of sleep and extra sugar during the holidays.
  8. Take your host a small token of appreciation (wine, candle, loaf of bread, etc…) and a handwritten note.
  9. Ask what needs to be done with dirty linens. It is standard etiquette to take sheets off bed, fold them and put them on the end of the bed and remake the bed. However, not every host wants that done. Asking is always best.

10.Leave things better than you found them. J

Visiting others does not have to be stressful. Preparation should make things easier on you and your host family.

“A Year of Playing Skillfully is the most beautiful, inspiring curriculum I could have imagined and three weeks into our pre-K year, I have fallen completely in love.“ – Meghann

🎄BIG BIG BIG SALE going on right now!www.thehomegrownpreschooler.com/shop
All month we’re offering $20 OFF our wonder-filled curriculum, designed for kids 3-7, and we’re also including the e-book, and some stocking stuffers (2 water bead sets, and a sensory kit) for free! 🎄

 

When You Don’t Feel Like It

How do you handle things, when you don’t feel well, or you are down? In this week’s episode, I suggested steps to take when you find yourself feeling low.After a two week break, I am back! To be honest, I wasn’t feeling it. I didn’t have a topic to talk about, I have been sick all week, and I have been a bit down in the dumps. So, staying true to myself, I decided to talk about that this week. How do you handle things, when you don’t feel well, or you are down?

In this week’s episode, I suggested one take the following steps when they find themselves feeling low:

  1. Give yourself permission to feel. You feel how you feel. Acknowledge it. Say it out loud. Ignoring or stuffing your feelings will never help you be an emotionally healthy individual.
  2. Get quiet. Grab a cup of coffee, your journal, and some background music. Sit and ponder your feelings.
  3. Ask yourself some honest questions. What is going on inside? What is the root? Is there trauma that has been triggered? Do you need to talk to someone?
  4. Share your thoughts with a safe person in your tribe. Hopefully your partner is number one on that list, but find someone safe and talk.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We all need help. We all have things that we are dealing with. There are many great therapists that can help.
  6. Find something to be grateful for. Create a list.

Take some deep breaths and know that you are worthy of health and happiness.

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!!! Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

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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.

Gearing Up for the Holidays

If you are like me, you are freaking out a little that Thanksgiving is in two weeks. Yep, two weeks until the Turkey, Dressing, and Pumpkin Pie. I decided to chat about the rapidly approaching holidays and some of the pitfalls that moms face this time of year. #podcast #homeschool #holidaysIf you are like me, you are freaking out a little that Thanksgiving is in two weeks. Yep, two weeks until the Turkey, Dressing, and Pumpkin Pie. I decided to chat about the rapidly approaching holidays and some of the pitfalls that moms face this time of year.

Ashley Pomerory (formerly known as Ashley Smoot), my buddy from Nashville joined me today and asked some thought provoking questions about Thanksgiving and Christmas. First, Ashley wanted to know my thoughts on slowing down the Christmas Rush. Both of us have witnessed neighbors and friends skipping over Thanksgiving in order to get a jump on the Christmas decorations. I really want to encourage parents to slow it down when it comes to Christmas. Please take the time to be thankful with your family. Make a thankful jar, a thankful tree, or simply share why you are thankful over the holiday meal. Teaching children to be thankful is a tough task and this is a great time of year to put some family focus on this important lesson.

If you are not careful, Christmas can come in like a massive hurricane wrecking your life. You can over book and under plan, which will leave you completely exhausted come January 1st. I suggest making a list of priorities and traditions that are important to you during the holiday season. Don’t overcommit and definitely learn to say NO. Practice it now, N…. O…. NO! You can do it. It is a powerful word to use if you want to maintain your sanity this Christmas.

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!!! Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

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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.

If you are like me, you are freaking out a little that Thanksgiving is in two weeks. Yep, two weeks until the Turkey, Dressing, and Pumpkin Pie. I decided to chat about the rapidly approaching holidays and some of the pitfalls that moms face this time of year. #homeschool #podcast #holidays

Leaving a Legacy – An Interview with Ashley Wiggers

Leaving a Legacy – An Interview with Ashley Wiggers - This week’s podcast is such a sweet episode - grab your journal and tissues before you hit play. #podcast #homeschoolThis week’s podcast is such a sweet episode. However, you will definitely want to grab your journal and a box of tissues before you hit play. Five years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Debbie Strayer at the Southeast Homeschool Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. We had just released our book, The Homegrown Preschooler and were excited to share it with the homeschooling community. Debbie, the co-founder of the magazine, Homeschooling Today was a speaker at the 2013 conference. As the conference was winding down, Debbie stopped by our booth and shared encouraging thoughts about our business and our book. I was so appreciative of the lovely words she shared with me that evening. I said goodbye to Debbie and watched her exit the vendor hall. On my drive home, I pondered my conversation with Debbie and looked forward to developing a friendship with her. Unfortunately, that would not be possible. The following morning, I was shocked to hear the tragic news that Debbie Strayer had passed away in her sleep.

A couple of years later, I met the lovely daughter of Debbie Strayer, Ashley Wiggers. Ashely and her husband chose to carry on her mom’s legacy by running the magazine and working with Geo Matters, the company that published her mom’s curriculum. We talk about all of this and so much more in today’s episode. Ashley shares stories of her mom and the lessons she learned growing up in a homeschooling family. I know you are going to want to take notes, so make sure you are ready to write as you listen to this one.

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!!! Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

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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.

 

Leaving a Legacy – An Interview with Ashley Wiggers - This week’s podcast is such a sweet episode - grab your journal and tissues before you hit play. #podcast #homeschool

 

When Your Plan is Not in the Plan – Part 2: The Blending of Lives

Last week, Kari Oakley Miller shared her story of loss and how it forced her to find a new plan for her family.Last week, Kari Oakley Miller shared her story of loss and how it forced her to find a new plan for her family. This week, Kari is back to share the rest of her story. After the death of her husband, Kari remained single for ten years. Fear of the unknown and concern for her five children kept her from even entertaining the idea of dating and remarrying. However, God had a different plan.

 

About five years ago, Kari was introduced to Andrew Miller, a widower with four children. As the relationship progressed, Kari was once again faced with the possibility of a new life plan. Instead of being a single parent of five kids, she was about to embark on a new journey, a blended family with nine children total. As you can imagine, this is a big decision. Not only will she have to adjust to married life and being a wife again, she will now have to figure out how to blend completely different families and lifestyles. I am so thankful for Kari’s willingness to be vulnerable and share the highs and lows of a new love and a new family. I know Kari’s honesty will move you to think about your own family, blended or not.

 

 

If you know someone who is considering blending families, please encourage them to take a listen to this podcast. As Kari and I say in the podcast, we hope that you never have to reconsider your original plan. However, if you do we hope you will remember the encouraging words here. God is faithful and He is for you.

Hugs.

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!!! Also, to thank you for listening, you can receive a 10% discount on any purchase at The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

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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.