Summer Replay: Put Me in Coach – An Interview with Mary Aldrich!

I had the privilege of being introduced to Mary Aldrich at a homeschool convention this past summer. When I heard about Mary’s coaching business, I knew I wanted to hear more. I figured if this was something I was interested in learning about, there was a good chance that you all would want to get to know Mary, as well. In this episode, Mary shares her journey of homeschooling seven children (at one point she had sever under the age of ten- OH MY) and how desperation caused her to seek help for her family. Listen now! #podcast #moms #coaching #homeschoolSpecial summer replay this month, Mary Aldrich now has her own podcast on a sister network of this one, the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network!  Go check her out at Fruit Pursuit podcast!

I had the privilege of being introduced to Mary Aldrich at a homeschool convention this past summer. When I heard about Mary’s coaching business, I knew I wanted to hear more. I figured if this was something I was interested in learning about, there was a good chance that you all would want to get to know Mary, as well. In this episode, Mary shares her journey of homeschooling seven children (at one point she had sever under the age of ten- OH MY) and how desperation caused her to seek help for her family. It was refreshing to hear Mary’s vulnerability and honesty in raising so many littles at one time. I promise that most, if not all, of you will be able to relate to Mary’s story.

Mary Aldrich is an energetic mom of seven amazing children and wife to the love of her life, Brandon. Together, they are committed to helping others love God, love others and enjoy the process of both.

Mary’s passion is to help families who are longing for real joy, deeper relationships, and less overwhelm in their everyday life through coaching people through their conflicts. She is a laser focused, loving encourager for you, if you are ready to find joy, abundance, freedom and peace in your life. She is the founder of Relationship Renovations and an inspirational speaker and retreat leader.

Aside from relationship coaching, homeschooling, and church ministry, Mary enjoys a variety of hobbies including reading, swimming, healthy living, essential oils, and learning alongside her high school sons.

Find her on Facebook at Mary Aldrich, Mary Aldrich Coaching, and “Organizing and Encouraging Parents.”

(taken from maryaldrichcoaching.com)

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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I had the privilege of being introduced to Mary Aldrich at a homeschool convention this past summer. When I heard about Mary’s coaching business, I knew I wanted to hear more. I figured if this was something I was interested in learning about, there was a good chance that you all would want to get to know Mary, as well. In this episode, Mary shares her journey of homeschooling seven children (at one point she had sever under the age of ten- OH MY) and how desperation caused her to seek help for her family. Listen now! #podcast #moms #coaching #homeschool

 

Special Replay: Keeping Your Calm This School Year

Keeping Your Calm This School Year - Tips for Surviving Back to School with The Real Kathy Lee - Listen Now! #podcast #moms #homeschool

Special Replay!  School approaches … can you believe it?  Here’s a special replay with some special tips to help you get ready to have a calm school year!

 

As this school year approaches, I thought I would share some of my plans to have a calm year! This year I have one 7th grader, one 9th grader, two high school seniors, one in Estethecian School and one junior in college. Whew, that is a lot. I will be honest, the first couple of weeks I find myself struggling to get us all on the same page. Between school, jobs, sports, etc… keeping this house running smoothly is a challenge.

 

Here are some of my tips for surviving back to school 2018:

  1. Create Dream Posters.
  2. Create a Healthy Meal Plan.
  3. Follow Through on Healthy Meal Plan.
  4. Plan a family night to make dream posters. You will need poster board, markers, magazine, and glue. Invite your children to create a dream poster and display them in your home.
  5. Have a Dream Poster Date Night with your partner/spouse.
  6. SLEEP… get sleep. Make sure everyone in the home is getting enough sleep.
  7. Organize your space and remember less is better. Don’t forget to create a cozy corner for reading books/getting away.
  8. Take time to watch and listen. What are your kids talking about, playing with, dreaming of? What pushes their buttons, brings them joy, challenges them?
  9. Create a realistic routine that you can live with. Encourage children to stick with routine.
  10. Be Flexible – If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change it.

Say YES and have a great week!!! Don’t forget that The Homegrown Preschooler’s biggest sale of the year is going on until Labor Day, save $35 off any order of $150 or more.

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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Sharing the Secret of Sexual Abuse

Sharing the Secret of Sexual Abuse - a tough topic on this week's podcast on The Real Kathy LeeHas anyone watched the Leaving Neverland Documentary or the Oprah special that followed? Well, I did, and boy did it stir up all kinds of emotions for me. While I am a fan of the #metoo movement and the fact that adults are sharing their stories of sexual abuse and hopefully healing through that, I am disturbed for our children. We need to find a way to stop childhood sexual abuse by encouraging them to share their secrets.

In this episode I share my own story of sexual abuse and how it felt to keep the secret until I was 19. I was repeated molested from the time I was eight years old until the age of fifteen. I was terrified that if I shared the secret my family would fall apart, and I would get in immense trouble. Somehow, I felt it was my fault. Did you know that one in six boys are molested by the time they are 18 and one in four girls? Heartbreaking. The thing most of these cases have in common is that the children are told that they must keep the secret to protect everyone involved. Parents, be careful how you talk about secrets. It is important that your children learn from an early age that you are their advocate and every secret must to be told to the people they trust the most (their parents). This is such a tough subject to talk about, but we MUST.

If you, yourself were sexual abused, check out this article about adults dealing with childhood sexual abuse.

Thank you for listening.

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.

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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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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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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.

 

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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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.

 

Best of The Real Kathy Lee: Let’s Get Organized!

Let's Get Organized! with The Real Kathy Lee

This week, the second top podcast episode of all time!  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 my buddy ASH-A-LEE in Nashville. We decided to chat about one of the topics I get asked about THE MOST, organization.

People often think that because I am the queen of “say yes” and “get messy” that I have a very messy house. Not true. Well, it CAN get messy. However, I am best when my house is organized and everything has a place. Just this week, I tweaked the organization of my pantry. See below.

kitchen organization

I shared some basic thoughts about organization on today’s episode.

  1. Find a place for everything and make that place known.
  2. Minimize your stuff. If you haven’t used it in a year, chances are you are not going to use it. This goes for clothes, shoes, toys, and kitchen utensils.
  3. Less is BEST. As parents we are guilty of thinking our kids need lots of different toys. False. Choose quality over quantity and rotate toys in and out.
  4. It is easier to say yes when everything has a place (ie – paint supplies, legos, etc…)
  5. Organizing children is easier in an organized space.
  6. Have children work together in order to free of individual time with each child. I love that Ashley sent me the following pics a few hours after our podcast. She immediately implemented some of my suggestions. Way to go Ashley!

Home Organization with The Real Kathy LeeToy Organization with The Real Kathy Lee

I hope you make time to connect with your kids today!!


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Best of The Real Kathy Lee: You’ve Got This! When Motherhood is Hard

You've Got This! When Motherhood is Hard with The Real Kathy LeeThis week we are running a few “Best of” episodes you might have missed!  This is the #1 episode for my podcast!  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 are hard.  Before the baby arrives we are often exhausted physically and emotionally. Next, we stay up all night and are expected to be happy and function the next day. What? How? By digging deep, by realizing that you are making a difference for eternity. It doesn’t mean that it isn’t challenging and very lonely at times.

I suggest the following for moms who struggle believing that they can pull off this thing called motherhood:

  1. Don’t be scared to ask for help – Reach out to a close friend and share your feelings.
  2. Say YES to taking time for yourself. You won’t regret it. You and your family will be happier for it.
  3. Say NO often. Motherhood can overwhelm us, especially when we take on too many things outside the home during the early years.
  4. It is okay to have your own tantrum from time to time. I suggest going in the closet for a good cry or toddler style fit.
  5. Time flies. Try and lean in to these years, savor them. It sounds ridiculous, but you will miss the middle of the night feedings and early morning snuggles on the sofa.

 

YOU really, really do HAVE this!!

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Find a way to #sayyes today.

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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.

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The Homegrown Preschooler by using the code, THEREALKATHYLEE.

 


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The Christian Standard Bible captures the Bible’s original meaning without compromising clarity. An optimal blend of accuracy and readability, this translation helps readers make a deeper connection with God’s Word and inspires lifelong discipleship. The CSB is for everyone—for readers young and old, new and seasoned. It’s a Bible pastors can preach from and a Bible you can share with your neighbor hearing God’s Word for the very first time.

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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.

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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.