The Real Kathy Lee

Kathy Lee

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

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

All Episodes

Since Ashley and I were talking summer, we thought we would also talk about the thing that comes right after summer… THE FALL. It seems that as soon as July 4th passes, my brain immediately turns to the fall and making plans. Over the years I have learned a few things that help me as […] The post Special Replay: Facing the Fall appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 2019

23 min 59 sec

Special Replay from Kathy Lee!  I have the coolest friends. Sometimes I forget that they are even more amazing in their careers. This is the case with my friend, Lei Rhyne. Not only did she homeschool her kiddos fro several years, is beautiful and funny, she is also a psychometrist… say that three times fast. […] The post Special Replay: What If I Think My Child Needs a Diagnosis? appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 2019

22 min 2 sec

Special 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 […] The post Summer Replay: Put Me in Coach – An Interview with Mary Aldrich! appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2019

31 min 18 sec

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, […] The post Special Replay: Keeping Your Calm This School Year appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2019

18 min 49 sec

Has 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 […] The post Sharing the Secret of Sexual Abuse appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 2019

17 min 41 sec

I 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 […] The post The Enneagram and Self-Care- with Keri Vasek appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 2019

40 min 2 sec

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 […] The post Is YES Really Best? with Keri Vasek appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 2019

33 min 45 sec

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 – […] The post What REALLY Matters with with Keri Vasek appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 2019

25 min 2 sec

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 […] The post I Didn’t Want This to be Part of My Story appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 2019

19 min 19 sec

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 […] The post Best of The Real Kathy Lee: Let’s Get Organized! appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Feb 2019

24 min 16 sec

This 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 […] The post Best of The Real Kathy Lee: You’ve Got This! When Motherhood is Hard appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Feb 2019

17 min 26 sec

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 […] The post Teaching the Fruits of the Spirit to Little Ones appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Dec 2018

21 min 16 sec

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. Make a phone call to the host family. Ask if you need to bring […] The post Are you a good guest? appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Dec 2018

28 min 57 sec

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 […] The post When You Don’t Feel Like It appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Dec 2018

15 min 42 sec

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. Ashley Pomerory (formerly known as Ashley Smoot), […] The post Gearing Up for the Holidays appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 2018

20 min 58 sec

This 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 […] The post Leaving a Legacy – An Interview with Ashley Wiggers appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Nov 2018

31 min 10 sec

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 […] The post When Your Plan is Not in the Plan – Part 2: The Blending of Lives appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 2018

30 min 35 sec

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 […] The post When Your Plan is Not in the Plan – An Interview with Kari Oakley Miller appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 2018

22 min 23 sec

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 […] The post Adding the Third Baby – Catching up with my Daughter In Law, Caroline Batres appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 2018

16 min 37 sec

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 […] The post To The Mom Who Constantly Questions Herself appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Oct 2018

15 min 37 sec

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 […] The post An Honest Conversation about White Mommas Raising Kids of Color appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 2018

26 min 10 sec

My 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 […] The post Teens Speak Up About Everyday Life appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 2018

20 min 30 sec

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 […] The post Put Me in Coach – An Interview with Mary Aldrich! appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 2018

30 min 39 sec

It 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 […] The post Turning the Big 50! appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Sep 2018

24 min 20 sec

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 […] The post Keeping Your Calm This School Year appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

18 min 49 sec

As I approached 50 (my birthday is September 10th), I started thinking about the legacy I was leaving behind. As a young college student, I was discipled by several amazing women… Susan Felker, Betsy Stark, Donna George, and Debbie Mabry. These women poured into me in a variety of ways. Some met with me over […] The post A Weekend at Kathy’s – Part 2 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

27 min 57 sec

It happened, it really happened!!! Women from all over the country took a leap of faith by joining me in my home for an entire weekend. Nope, they didn’t know each other. Some of them had never even met me in person. They were all so very different and yet shared a beautiful bond of […] The post A Weekend at Kathy’s – Part 1 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

33 min 30 sec

Let me start off by saying that I don’t think I have all the answers about life. I know I say that all the time, but I want you to hear my heart on this one. Life is a journey, it is tough, it is full of twists and turns you don’t expect. I have […] The post Debt, Tattoos, and Sex… Oh My! (a heart to heart with Christy and Kailee Montes) appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Aug 2018

24 min 13 sec

As many of you know, I am getting ready to host some lovely women in my home next weekend. It is my goal that these ladies will feel at home from the moment they drive up. A recent FB post in our THGP- Playing Skillfully in Action group, got me thinking about genuine hospitality. What […] The post Genuine Hospitality appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 2018

20 min 31 sec

What is trauma? trau·ma ˈtroumə,ˈtrômə/ noun 1. a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. What causes trauma in young children? Past or Present Abuse Stress in the home Divorce Death of Pet Death of Family Member/Friend Unhealthy environment Adding a new family member. Move Witnessing something horrible, scary, or stressful. This can be a real life […] The post Loving Children Who Have Experienced Trauma appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 2018

26 min 18 sec

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 […] The post Mr. Rogers and Me appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 2018

26 min 19 sec

July 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 […] The post The Damage of Disengaging appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jul 2018

27 min 53 sec

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 […] The post It Only Takes an Hour – An Interview with Three15 founder, Mandy Moseley appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 2018

17 min 32 sec

As 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 […] The post Thoughts from the Road – Father’s Day appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 2018

16 min 29 sec

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 […] The post Foreign Language in a Day appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Jun 2018

22 min 4 sec

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. […] The post What’s The Deal With Ages and Stages? appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

May 2018

21 min 3 sec

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, […] The post Mother’s Day Surprise appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

May 2018

15 min 46 sec

This 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/ […] The post Looking in the Mirror appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

May 2018

15 min 34 sec

Henry 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, […] The post You Feel How You Feel appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 2018

16 min 29 sec

I 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 […] The post Lessons From the Road – Families: Does Size Matter? appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 2018

24 min 37 sec

I am back from the cruise with Grace (we had a wonderful time) and in Cincinnati for the GHC convention. This was a great time to catch up with Mike Somerville with Tapestry of Grace! I adore Michael and his family (Jessica and the girls). They are a beautiful example of to new homeschool families. […] The post What’s A Dad Supposed To Do – Catching Up With Michael Somerville appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 2018

17 min 45 sec

I can’t believe that I have another senior this year (insert tears)! In just a few short weeks, Grace will be graduating high school and pursuing her passions as a make up artist and esthetician. I am so proud of the young woman she has become. Before she graduates, we are heading on a senior […] The post Thoughts about my Upcoming Graduate appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Apr 2018

20 min 37 sec

Oh, this episode is going to make you cry. Well, I can’t guarantee that it will make you cry. I cried. Dr. Angie Ates is a Natural Health Educator and a mom of three who has been on an amazing journey and is now helping others find physical and emotional health.  Please do yourself a […] The post Loving Yourself with Dr. Angie Ates appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 2018

21 min 35 sec

Wow, what a week! I had planned to have Mike and Jessica Somerville on the show this week, but I bet you have learned by now that my life rarely goes as planned. We will have the Somerville’s on soon, I promise. Instead, this week I decided to share about my latest lessons learned on […] The post Lessons Learned on the Road – Making a Difference appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 2018

16 min 29 sec

Last week was the first conference of the season and I was reminded why it is so important to get out there on the road and share my message of play and imperfect motherhood. In addition to sharing my heart, I get the pleasure of knowing some amazing people. I got to catch up with […] The post Lessons Learned from the Road – GHC Greenville Conference appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 2018

20 min 55 sec

The “right” homeschooling philosophy. The right brand of theology. The “right” meal-planning, home-managing, keep-it-all-together parenting. Kendra Fletcher, homeschooling mom of eight, had it all “right,” until it all fell apart. In the course of eighteen months, Kendra found her baby in a coma, ran over her five-year-old, and nearly lost her eight-year-old to a septic […] The post Lost and Found with Kendra Fletcher appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Mar 2018

19 min 48 sec

My sweet Sarah Lee. I thought it would be fun to have my youngest daughter, Sarah on the show today. Fun fact about Sarah, when she was born we named her Sarah Elizabeth. Her sister and I wanted to call her by the nickname Ellie and so we did. However, when Sarah turned five she […] The post Nobody Doesn’t Like Sarah Lee appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Feb 2018

29 min 59 sec

Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday for me as a mom. I so enjoy getting up early to write my kids love notes, set the table with candles and red, sparkly runners and cook a special breakfast. I want my children to know on this day that they are loved! Once Valentine’s Day was over, […] The post Showing LOVE after Valentine’s Day is OVER! appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Feb 2018

19 min 19 sec

Today’s show was full of honesty. We covered some topics that have come up from conversations with moms over the past couple of months. First, we chatted about how and why we ALL lose our JUNK with our kids sometimes. You know what I mean. Those times when you yell, freak out, and act like […] The post When You Lose Your Junk (with Ashley Smoot) appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Feb 2018

29 min 59 sec

On this week’s show, I ramble… in a parking lot…in Albany, NY. Yesterday afternoon I got a call saying that one of my oldest son’s was being transferred by ambulance to a hospital forty-five minutes from his university campus. When you get that kind of call, you immediately book a flight to Albany, NY (even […] The post Who is Your Tribe and What is Your Scheduling Vibe? appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Feb 2018

16 min 17 sec