Mr. Rogers and Me

A Closer Look at Mr. Rogers and his legacy with the Real Kathy Lee.If you know me, you know I love Mr. Rogers. As I was researching the history of Fred Rogers and his TV show, I realized that his show started about the same time my mom found out that she was expecting me. I guess you could say that I have been in Mr. Rogers Neighborhood from the very beginning.

 

Mr. Rogers had an impact on an entire generation. Once I took a closer look at what made this man a legacy, I knew I had to share my findings with you.

  1. LOVE was the root of Mr. Rogers work with children.

 

“Deep within us – no matter who we are- there lives a feeling of wanting to be lovable, of wanting to be the kind of person that others like to be with. And the greatest thing we can do is to let people know that they are loved and capable of loving”

– Fred Rogers

 

  1. Mr. Rogers understood children.

  • He studied child development and the brain research behind his field.
  • He was willing to go out of the box to reach a child.
  • The child determined the approach.

 

  1. Mr. Rogers Knew Learning Involved Feelings.

What Do You Do with the Mad You Feel?

 

What do you do with the mad that you feel

When you feel so mad you could bite?

When the whole wide world seems oh, so wrong…

And nothing you do seems very right?

 

What do you do? Do you punch a bag?

Do you pound some clay or some dough?

Do you round up friends for a game of tag?

Or see how fast you go?

It’s great to be able to stop

When you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong,

And be able to do something else instead

And think this song:

 

I can stop when I want to

Can stop when I wish.

I can stop, stop, stop any time.

And what a good feeling to feel like this

And know that the feeling is really mine.

Know that there’s something deep inside

That helps us become what we can.

For a girl can be someday a woman

And a boy can be someday a man.

What Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel?

By Fred M. Rogers

© 1968

 

  1. Mr. Rogers chose his words carefully when talking to children. He understood that the way we talk to a child becomes their inner voice.

5.  Mr. Rogers made EVERY child feel Special.

6.  Mr. Rogers valued the WORK of PLAY.

 

  1. Mr. Rogers Remembered.

 

 

Thanks to my dear friend, Keri for always sharing great photos of her little ones!!

 

Also, if you haven’t checked out our new summer curriculum at The Homegrown Preschooler, it is not too late. That and our hand drawn journal are now on sale for a great bundle price!

 

 

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

 

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

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The Damage of Disengaging

Do any of you feel you disengage too often with your kids? If so, have you noticed a difference in your child’s behavior when you “check-out”? Listen to The Damage of Disengaging from The Real Kathy LeeJuly 4th is always a favorite holiday for our family. For the past few years, one of my dearest friends on the planet shows up for coffee, long talks, and sitting by the pool. I always try and record a podcast episode during Ash-a- lee’s visit and was so excited that we were able to chat early this morning about a subject that has been on my heart for a few weeks now.

During some recent outings, I have observed lots of little children that appear “starved” for attention. As I began watching closer, I realized that parents are disengaging with the children and it is happening on a regular basis.

Do any of you feel you disengage too often with your kids? If so, have you noticed a difference in your child’s behavior when you “check-out”? How can we be intentional about engagement so that we help our children become emotionally healthy adults? I get that we need to escape from the burdens of this parenting gig from time to time, but I worry that unless we make a commitment to intentionally engage, we are going to cause damage to our children’s hearts and soul.

Ashley and I suggested the following to help you on this engagement journey:

  1. Keep a basket of books close to the sofa and say YES to reading to your children.
  2. Set a time every day to check social media so that you are not looking on your phone all day long.
  3. Be present.
  4. Participate in family activities (the bowling story).
  5. Ask each child three, open-ended questions every day!

You won’t regret investing in your children’s emotional well -being. Investing when they are young, will pay off during those teen and early adult years.

It Only Takes an Hour – An Interview with Three15 founder, Mandy Moseley

It Only Takes An Hour - Selfcare with Three 15 Founder Mandy Mosely

This week is extra special because I get to share my baby sister with my podcasting family. Ya’ll, I love her so much and I can’t believe that she is all grown up and shaking up the fitness world in Birmingham, Alabama. Actually, I can totally believe it, she was meant for a time such as this. Mandy Moseley is a rock star when it comes to fitness. She has always had a passion for healthy eating and a commitment to a workout routine. She studied nutrition at the University of Alabama and has taught fitness classes for over twenty years. Last year she decided to pursue her dream and open a fitness studio in Birmingham. A year later, she is opening up a second studio and working on a franchise option for the public. Did I mention that she is a wife and mom to four pretty incredible children?

In this week’s podcast, Mandy shares her thoughts about finding time for yourself. Yes, we have talked about this before, but Mandy brings some fresh ideas to the subject. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and I know you are really going to enjoy listening. Don’t forget to check out Mandy’s website and follow her on Instagram. Her post will encourage you to get your fitness on and more importantly, chase your dreams!

Mandy Moseley

Also, if you haven’t checked out our new summer curriculum at The Homegrown Preschooler, it is not too late. That and our hand drawn journal are now on sale for a great bundle price!

Say YES and have a great week!!!

 

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.

 

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!

 

 

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.

 

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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