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

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

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When Your Plan is Not in the Plan – An Interview with Kari Oakley Miller

When Your Plan is not in the Plan - with The Real Kathy Lee #podcast #grief #tragedy I met Kari almost twenty years ago, when her youngest son was just a baby.  She and I began an accountability group and started meeting on a weekly basis. We would share our struggles, our successes, encourage and pray for one another. We shared some precious times all those years ago. If you would have asked me to describe Kari Oakley in those days, I would have said that she was living her best life. Kari was a happily married mother of five, was homeschooling, involved in ministry, and had many friends. Her life was going according to plan.

 

 

However, a shocking phone call on November 19, 2018 forced her to abandon all knew. She was forced to make a new plan.

You do not want to miss this heart tugging interview with Kari Oakley Miller. I appreciate Kari’s willingness to be vulnerable in hopes of helping someone else who might find themselves in her shoes. As you will hear in our time together, Kari shares how she dealt with grief, fear, and loneliness. Kari is an inspiration to her children, her friends, and her community. I know that Kari will be an inspiration to you, as well. We would love to hear what you think about our time together. Feel free to leave a comment here or on one of our social media outlets. As always, thank you to The Ultimate Homeschooling Radio Network for helping me bring these podcast interviews to you.

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.

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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Adding the Third Baby – Catching up with my Daughter In Law, Caroline Batres

Adding a third baby to your family? Listen in to a mom that has just been there on this podcast episode!My heart overflows with joy when this beautiful family comes to visit Nana and Bruce Bruce! Seriously, I love to hear the sounds of toddler voices and a cooing baby. Of course, I love seeing my son and daughter-in-law too, as well.

I thought it would be fun to check in with Caroline and have a chat about adding #3 to their family. Sweet Eleanor was born May 18, 2018 and has two great big brothers teaching her the ropes. I asked Caroline to share her thoughts on pregnancy, postpartum depression, having an unexpected C-section, and being a mom of three. We had a great time talking about how these subjects and more. Caroline feels strongly that women need to live their own life and as she says in the podcast, “You do YOU.” I have to agree with Caroline. So many of us get caught in the comparison trap and we end up making decisions because someone else thinks it is best. You and your partner get to decide what is best for your family. Don’t get caught up trying to please everyone else. Also, take people’s advice with a grain of salt. People mean well, but they aren’t you. 

If you are a new mom, you don’t want to miss this episode. Caroline is wise beyond her years and has great insight to share. I am so thankful that she is mine and I get to watch her grow as a wife and mom.

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.

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Change is in the Air Movie

This story embraces the imperfections that make us human, offers a way to set ourselves free and asks us all to take a good, long look at the wild birds in the sky.

Watch the trailer here!


To The Mom Who Constantly Questions Herself

To The Mom Who Constantly Questions Herself - The Real Kathy Lee Podcast Guilt has been on mind so much this past week. It seems everywhere I turn, women are sharing with me how much they are questioning their every decision and how guilty they feel if they someone disagrees with them. Oh ladies, I want you to live a guilt free life. Honestly, this has been one of my greatest struggles. I am a recovering people pleaser. TBH (to be honest in cool kid lingo), I still struggle with questioning my decisions and hoping I haven’t hurt someone’s feelings in the process. Today I share some thoughts on helping us all recognize when we are being held captive by people pleasing and guilt.

  1. Know Yourself – If you haven’t taken a personality test, you should. There are several different types you can take, you can check out Myers Brigg.  Knowing yourself will help you be confident in your strengths.
  2. Know What Triggers You- Did you struggle with perfectionism as a kid? Did you experience trauma? Did your parents expect certain things from you? Did someone question your every move?
  3. Be true to Yourself and Your Story- What is your plan for your family? Talk openly with your spouse and your small circle of friends.
  4. Don’t write a shitty first draft- As Brene’ Brown says in her book Rising Strong, our brain will create a story when we don’t have answers. Resist doing this. This will often lead to unnecessary guilt.
  5. Know your Love Language- If you are a quality time person, you often feel guilty if you don’t offer quality time. If you are a gifts person, you will sometimes struggle if you don’t think you picked the perfect gift. Be aware of this common transfer of emotion.

I think the bottom line is this, we are all trying to do our best. Let’s offer each other grace. Most importantly, let’s give ourselves grace!

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.

 

An Honest Conversation about White Mommas Raising Kids of Color

An Honest Conversation about White Mommas Raising Kids of Color - Listen with The Real Kathy Lee
As I sit on my porch, listening to the waterfall and birds chirping I find myself so grateful for friends who are willing to talk about real life and the tough subjects. This week, I had the privilege of chatting with the beautiful Natalie about her son, Jordan. Natalie became the mom of Jordan when he was four and during this podcast she talks honestly about raising a child of color. I am so appreciative of her willingness to be vulnerable enough to tell you her story. If you are raising a child of color or know someone who is, please listen to this podcast. It is our goal to help you raise children who know they are worthy of love and acceptance. Additionally, we want to help you as you navigate the more tender subjects of parenting.

I too, have dealt with some harsh reality as the mother of three Latino boys and a bi-racial daughter. I have been shocked at some of the situations we have dealt with, even from family members. Natalie and I agreed that the key to raising well-adjusted children was the willingness to talk openly about every situation, no matter how difficult. It is important that you start those honest conversations your children are young, so that they will trust coming to you when they are older.  Waiting until they are teenagers is too late.
An Honest Conversation about White Mommas Raising Kids of Color - Listen with The Real Kathy Lee
Even though I was only able to parent my little Phoebe Joy for three years, I will treasure what she taught me about love and diversity. I was able to reach out and ask beautiful women of color to teach me how to fix my daughter’s hair and care for her skin. I grew so much as I learned about her culture and the importance of honoring her heritage. I was challenged and angered at the racism I still saw present in our community. I became a fighter for my girl and I watched her change people’s hearts and views with that beautiful spirit and smile

An Honest Conversation about White Mommas Raising Kids of Color - Listen with The Real Kathy Lee

 

I hope you are willing to tackle the tough questions. I hope you are willing to help your kids treat one another better. Let’s agree to ask more questions instead of assuming we know the answers. Let’s agree to listen. Let’s agree to love.

Have a great week!

 


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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.

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.

This week, I had the privilege of chatting with the beautiful Natalie about her son, Jordan. Natalie became the mom of Jordan when he was four and during this podcast she talks honestly about raising a child of color.

 

Teens Speak Up About Everyday Life

Teens speak up about everyday life - listen now on the podcast with The Real Kathy LeeMy 17-year-old nephew drove over from Alabama to spend the weekend with us. I love having chatting with him and hearing his perspective about life and the struggles that come with being a teenager in 2018. I thought you might enjoy from Alex, as well. My daughter, Sarah was hanging out with us, so I invited her to jump in on the conversation and share her thoughts, as well.

In this episode we talked about the stressors that teenagers have to deal with, both in public school and home school settings. Both Alex and Sarah agreed that time management was super stressful at this age. Next, we chatted about the pressure of Social Media and how to help teenagers navigate the stress caused by likes and follows. Alex and Sarah were willing to be honest about relationships, exposure to drugs, and the pressures to fit in with the crowd.

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I know most of you have preschoolers and teenage parenting is still in the future. However, I think this episode will be so beneficial for you because Sarah and Alex share their thoughts on how parenting plays a big role in a teenager’s future. This would be a good episode to listen to with your spouse and make a game plan when the time comes that you have teens in your home.

I am so thankful for teenagers who are willing to talk. Set the stage when they are young that heart to heart talks are good and let your children know that they are loved, no matter what.

 


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

 

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Kiwi Crate!

KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay $4.95 for shipping)


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.

 

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 #homeschoolI 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.

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.

 

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

 

Turning the Big 50!

Turning the Big 50 - with the Real Kathy LeeIt sure seems like yesterday that my friend Donna and I were running around on this Gulf Coast Beach in South Mississippi. In reality, it was more than 30 years ago. So thankful that Donna and I are still friends today, even though neither of us live in Mississippi anymore. The really cool thing is this childhood friend of mine lives only about twenty minutes away these days. 

On today’s show, I thought it might be fun for me to share some thoughts I have on turning 50. I hope some of this will help you on your journey to 50. Happy Birthday to Me!!! Here’s to the next 50!!!

  1. It goes by FAST… all of it!
  2. Don’t waste time on things that don’t matter.
  3. Relationships, it is definitely quality over quantity.
  4. Follow your dreams.
  5. Laugh more, worry less.
  6. Eff em. Who cares what “they” think. Be true to yourself. Find the rhythm for your family, your life.
  7. Youg can’t get the time back.
  8. Know Better, Do Better.
  9. Be slow to speak, quick to listen.
  10. Don’t stop learning and lead with LOVE.

Although I have shed a few tears as this big birthday gets closer, I really do know that age is just a number! I pray that the Lord would grant me many more years to live, to love, and to learn. I am going to get working on that book and chase those dreams of mine. What are you going to do?

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.