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July 7, 2020
I'm so excited to share this super fun conversation with Bethany Hamilton with you!  Bethany has been one of our family's greatest inspirations.  After losing her arm to a shark attack at age 13, Bethany went on to become one of the greatest female surfers in the world.  In this interview, I loved getting to know a grown up Bethany, who surfs better than ever, but is now also a wife and #BOYMOM to her two preschool-age sons!  Bethany shares some of the joys and honest-challenges of raising rambunctious boys, and we also talk about how she balances parenting with training, competing and travel. Bethany is committed to a healthy and active lifestyle and we talk about how she is intentional about  her sons' health as well. We cover a lot in this interview and I think you'll enjoy getting to know this beautiful and authentic side of Bethany!  Find links to anything we talk about in show notes: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast. This episode;  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-62 THANK YOU to this week's podcast sponsor, Classical Conversations -- a top ranked, much-loved homeschool curriculum that combines home education, with community-learning.  (This is a great option for brand-new homeschoolers!)  Read more about CC in my show notes!  Also see show notes for another chance to WIN the SURFACE SUNSCREEN bundle giveaway!  (And use CODE: BOY MOM to get 20% off anything at the Surface website! all summer long!)
June 30, 2020
This episode is such a treat!  My friend, a mom to six, and dermatologist joins me to talk about all things skin care!  Heidi shares her best advice for adolescent skin, sunscreen, acne prevention and treatment, as well as anti-aging and more.  This is like a free visit to a dermatologist who has the time to talk to you about anything and everything!  Heidi has a long list of recommendations (most are over-the-counter!) and I've placed links to everything in show notes! This also happens to be the FINAL WEEK OF THE JUNE SURFACE SUNSCREEN bundle giveaway, so leave a quick comment in show notes and you might just win sunscreen for your whole family this summer!  (Also use code BOY MOM to get 20% off everything at www.surfacesunscreen.com! ) Show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's episode;  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-61 Thank you to this episode's sponsor, PREPDISH!  Prep dish is making my life SO MUCH EASIER!  Find out more in show notes!  (and get two weeks free with Prep dish at www.prepdish.com/boymom )
June 23, 2020
Join Wendy Speake and I as we chat over our favorite books for boys of all ages.  This is a conversation we've wanted to have for a long time, and I hope it offers you some new inspiration for reading with your boys this summer!  We cover some classics, some inspirational stories, a few great series, and more -- then, at the end we touch on favorite movies to inspire boys as well.  Hope you can grab some coffee and pull up a chair (or imagine we're walking/driving/folding laundry...alongside you) and join the conversation!  This episode's sponsor is IEW.  See show notes for more, or find all of the curriculum my boys have used and 3 weeks free curriculum at www.iew.com/monicaswanson.   ALL SHOW NOTES:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast This episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-60  
June 16, 2020
Andrew Pudewa is the Director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), and my boys have used his curriculum for over 10 years.  We are huge fans of Andrew's fun teaching style, quirky nature, and use of great vocabulary!  Andrew teaches and speaks all over the world, and in this interview I invite him to share from a specific teaching I heard that changed my approach to schooling (and parenting!) my boys!  It's so good.  In this interview Andrew shares some of his best tips for motivating our kids to read and write, and I think you'll feel affirmed and encouraged by Andrew's message.   Special thanks to IEW for Sponsoring this episode.  Be sure to read show notes on my website to get links to everything Andrew mentions, including the chance to get THREE FREE WEEKS of curriculum right now!  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast.   Today's episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-59 Find a dedicated page on the IEW website featuring the IEW curriculums my boys have used as well as the talk Andrew and I discuss in this interview:  www.iew.com/monicaswanson *This episode also kicks off a new summer sponsor, Surface Suncare, who I am teaming up with to offer a discount and a giveaway at the end of June.  Find all the details in show notes! 
June 9, 2020
This episode is a dream come true for me.  Thunderstorm Artis has been a favorite young man of mine for years; ever since he brought my sons on board with him to lead worship for our local church youth group, I have been a fan of both his music and his heart.  In today's episode, Thunder shares his story of growing up as one of 11 children in a musical family, losing his Dad to a sudden heart attack when he was just thirteen, then going on to pursue a career in music as a young adult.  This last winter Thunder entered the blind auditions for NBC's "The Voice", and received the highest response from the judges in a "four-chair turn."  Thunder made it through all of the rounds of the competition and all the way into the finals.  In this interview we talk about his experience on the Voice as well as meeting and marrying his wife, Faith, in the middle of it all.  I also asked Thunder to share some of the lessons he learned from his parents who he has such great respect for.  I think you'll find great encouragement in his message to boy moms everywhere.  Thunder and I end the conversation by touching on the racial tensions in our world right now and I appreciated hearing Thunder's perspective from his experience (both here in Hawaii and on the mainland where he lives now.) Find links to all of the places you can listen to and follow Thunder in show notes: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast.   This episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-58.  
June 2, 2020
Ruth Schwenk has walked through seasons of anxiety as she went through multiple miscarriages and her husband's cancer diagnoses.  But she has also learned that sometimes anxiety comes through more daily battles -- including the unknowns we all face due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  After all she has been through Ruth loves to encourage women to face their own anxious seasons with the loving help of our faithful God.  I know this episode will be a great encourage to you if you feel a little (or a lot) anxious now.  Check show notes for Ruth's free download of 30 verses to read when you're feeling fearful or anxious: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast today's episode;  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-57  
May 26, 2020
This episode is for anyone who either has a child with special needs, or knows someone who does. (pretty sure that is everyone!) This topic was born out of my own desire to be a better friend; to not let my lack of knowledge or awkwardness get in the way of better supporting my friends who have kids with special needs.  I'm pretty sure I am not not alone in all of this, and I'm so grateful Sandra Peoples was willing to come on to guide us from her experience, and with so much grace.  Sandra has a son with Autism and she was also raised with a sister with Down Syndrome.  Because of this she understands well what special needs families need most.   Sandra gives us practical advice on how we can support our friends (the parents of the kids) and ALSO how our kids can be a good friend to the child with special needs as well as to the "typical" siblings of them!  This is so packed with ideas, inspiration and grace, I hope you love it!  Please pass this episode on to your friends and find show notes over at: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-56 Thank you to this episode's sponsor:  www.wondercratekids.com
May 18, 2020
Jen McDonald, author, host of Milspousematters podcast and super encourager to all women (especially military spouses and anyone doing the hard work of parenting mostly on their own) joins me for this awesome episode.  I loved talking to Jen, and appreciate all of her hard-earned wisdom and refreshing perspective.  I know you'll love her too!  Jen is giving away two copies of her book, "You are not Alone:  Encouragement for the heart of a military spouse" so be sure to see show notes and enter to win!  show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's episode;  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-55  
May 12, 2020
For every weary mom (and student) out there, this list of 27 ways to finish the school year strong will be a huge encouragement.  Robert Bortins, CEO of Classical Conversations, joins us to cheer us to the finish line.  Robert was the oldest of four boys, and his mom was developing Classical Conversations homeschool curriculum while he was growing up.  Now Robert is all grown up and the CEO of Classical Conversations (CC).  CC is in over 42 countries and it is one of the most popular, respected homeschool curriculums in the world.  You can download all 27 tips in the show notes!  Head over: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-54  
May 5, 2020
Hey Friends!  Happy Mother's Day week!  This week I am sharing a short reading from one of my favorite chapters of Boy Mom (I might cry a little, oops) and some reminders to help you savor this sweet occasion.  Also, I have an announcement to share, AND a GIVEAWAY!!  Be SURE to check out show notes at: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast and for this episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-53  
April 28, 2020
This episode just scratches the surface on so many questions I've been saving...Let me know if you love it, and we'll do more of these!  Today I tackle the story of how our family started homeschooling, what we love about it, and tips for inspiring boys to read.  I talk about boys' need for adventure, and how you can help meet that need -- outside or in!  I answer a question from a mom who is reluctant in the kitchen, sharing a mindset shift that is good for all of us.  THEN, my 16 yr. old, Luke, joins me to address all of the questions about video games and whether or not our boys play games.  Finally I get Luke and Jonah to each answer the question:  What is one thing your parents have done differently (from what they see 'out there') that they are GLAD we've done differently...and what is one thing they didn't like but think they'll be glad about later. ;)   Find show notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-52  
April 21, 2020
I'm so happy to have Kristen Welch on with me to talk about her experience going from being a mom-blogger, to a world changer.  After a 2010 trip to Kenya with Compassion International, Kristen's world was rocked, and she hasn't looked back since.  In her recent book, Made to Move Mountains, Kristen talks about the various mountains we face -- the mountains we dream of climbing, as well as those we would never choose, but God puts in front of us.  As we're all facing various mountains related to the Coronavirus and a long quarantine period, Kristen's wisdom is incredibly relevant and inspiring.  We may not all be called to start global ministries but there is something each of us can do.  This may be the perfect time to consider which mountains we are being called to climb now.   Find show notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-51  
April 14, 2020
Marriage is an awesome gift from God, but it can also be really challenging.  When we are in the thick of raising kids, marriage can feel even more stressful.  Today's guest, Ashley Willis understands this well.  She is a mom to four boys, and alongside her husband, Dave, she writes and speaks all over the country about marriage and parenting!  Ashley and Dave are authentic, funny, and super encouraging.  We hope that today's conversation will inspire you to keep it real, and stay intentional as you build your marriage into all that it can be -- even in this crazy season of raising kids (and the Coronavirus! ) Find show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's episode;  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-50  
April 7, 2020
My sons Josiah (20) and Luke (16) join me for this special Easter episode.  When kids are raised in a Christian home, sometimes they hesitate to share their personal testimonies.  They might feel like they've "always been Christians" because they've heard about God or gone to church since they were young.  My boys join me to share that even though they were raised in a Christian home, they each have a story of how Jesus changed their life.  I hope this inspires some of the listeners' kids to consider their own story of faith, and how they might share it with others.  Find show notes and links to where you can follow my boys on social media at: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-49
March 31, 2020
September McCarthy, homeschool Mom to 10 kids (yes, 10!) joins me to share from her wisdom and experience.  September has a huge heart for family, and she is such an encouragement to me as a homeschool mom.  In today's conversation, September shares life-giving perspectives as well as some of the simple methods she uses to make her day run smoothly.  In light of the Coronavirus and most people currently being "locked in" with kids, I think this conversation will be incredibly practical and encouraging.   Be sure to check show notes for the curriculums September and I have used over the years as well as links to related blog posts, and all of the places you can follow September.   Podcast Show Notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-48  
March 24, 2020
My son Jonah has worked incredibly hard to pursue his college dream.  In today's episode Jonah shares what he did as a high school student to put himself in the best situation possible to get accepted to his dream college, and even more -- to receive an honors scholarship to that college.  We talk about the things Jonah thinks matter most in high school (I promise I didn't tell him what to say! ) as well as coursework, internships, community involvement, and so much more. Jonah talks about his crazy SAT study method (it's impressive, I must say) and what he did to improve his score over time.  Jonah also talks about the honor's scholarship contest he was invited to, and what that looked like.  I think this is a great episode to share with your kids and I hope it inspires some of them to start dreaming of their own exciting futures, now!
March 16, 2020
Today's episode is especially timely in light of so much unrest in the world due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Anjuli Paschall (Pastor's wife and mom to 5, as well as the founder of the Moms we Love Club on Instagram) joins us to discuss the topic from her new book, Stay.  Stay is an invitation to sit with God at the table of your soul...to resist the urge to run, avoid, or ignore the hard parts of our life...and to instead stay with it all, and invite Jesus to stay with you.  (we need this right now, don't we?) Anjuli shares the story behind STAY, and we also talk about how we can use this message in our parenting...as we teach our kids to "stay" in their hard places too, inviting Jesus to be with them in the midst of it all.   Be sure to catch the introduction and grab the link in show notes to my recent blog post addressing questions for Dr. Dave related to the Coronavirus and for me related to schooling from home. I also share my biggest concern for our kids in this season of spending so much time at home...I hope you can read it, and share it.   SHOW NOTES:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-46  
March 10, 2020
In this episode we are talking about finding that thing...or those things, that "fuel our souls"...The hobbies, passions, work or play that light us up and keep us going when the days are long.  During the busy season of motherhood it is easy to neglect the things that used to make us come to life, and today's guest, Stefanie Gass, is here to inspire us all to return to those things -- or find something new to fuel our souls.  Stefanie is a podcaster, business coach, and "Mompreneur" who inspires moms to find their passions and look for ways to turn their passions into profit.  I love this conversation so much, I found myself sharing parts of my own story that I have never talked about publicly!  I hope this episode inspires you.  Definitely check the show notes for free stuff and links to all the places you can find Stefanie at: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's episode www.monicaswanson.com/episode-45  
March 3, 2020
If you only listen to one episode of the Boy Mom Podcast, I hope it is this one!  Kristen Jenson, author of the best-selling book, Good Pictures Bad Pictures, is with me to talk about the importance of teaching our kids about pornography, BEFORE they stumble upon it.  We live in a world where our kids WILL eventually see "bad pictures" and it is up to us to equip them with the tools to respond well when they do.  Kristen shares the three things we must teach kids before they ever get on the internet (at any age!) as well as the "Can-Do" plan (the steps to take when they see something they know they shouldn't.)  We learn how Good Pictures Bad Pictures came to be, some of the science behind pornography addiction, and much more.  This is a packed episode and there is a big giveaway at the end!  Hope you enjoy.  **Also find lots of helpful links, statistics and more in show notes: SHOW NOTES:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast This episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-44  
February 25, 2020
In today's podcast episode we are talking about the 40 days leading up to Easter...The season we call Lent!  Asheritah Ciuciu, the author of "Uncovering the Love of Jesus" -- a newly released Lent devotional, shares the most beautiful and inspiring message, I got emotional during the interview! Asheritah tells us about the tradition and history of Lent, and the blessings for those who slow down to take in this season.  Asheritah also shares practical ways families can draw near to Christ together through the Lent season.  She offers a free download and all kinds of resources available for Lent.  Find links to everything at: www.monicaswanson.com/episode-43 ALL podcast show notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast  
February 18, 2020
If you have what Brooke McGlothlin refers to as a "hard to handle" son, this episode is for you!  Brooke shares her story of feeling like she was always fighting against her 2 sons, when God laid it on her heart to learn to fight FOR them instead.  Brooke and I go over a list of ways we can fight for our sons, and Brooke offers a free download with 10 ways to fight for your hard-to-handle son in show notes.   Find show notes for today's episode at:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-42.   Find all podcast show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast.  
February 11, 2020
Today's episode is an extension from my blog series:  "What Moms Need Most" and this week's post:  "Moms Need to Feel Good in their Skin."  My friend, personal trainer, Cassie Phillips joins me as we each share our journey to freedom from diets and obsessing over food, exercise, and our bodies.  We also invite everyone to join us for a (Free!) online group beginning on Feb. 17th called the "3-Week Jumpstart to the Naturally Skinny YOU."  Get link to the group and show notes at: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's episode: www.monicaswanson.com/episode-41 Jumpstart group:  www.monicaswanson.com/jumpstart  
February 3, 2020
In today's episode we get to hear from Drew Dyck, author of "Your Future Self Will Thank you: Secrets to Self Control from the Bible and Brain Science".  When I read this book I immediately knew it would be an excellent resource for parents!  I'm so happy Drew could join me to talk about the importance of self control in our sons.  He shares the connection between our kids' level of self control and how that correlates to future success in life, (gulp!) as well as some interesting research on the topic.  Fortunately, Drew offers the good news that self control can be nurtured...that we as parents can play a role in helping our kids develop self control!  (phew!)  I think you will enjoy this episode! SHOW NOTES:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-40  
January 28, 2020
In today's episode Kari Kampakis, author and speaker (and soon-to-be "Girl Mom Podcaster"!) joins me to chat about raising boys today.  We cover a lot of ground, like:  What are her teenage girls looking for in a boy?  Why is it important for teenagers to build friends with the opposite sex?  What would she want a son to know?  I think you'll gain insight and inspiration for raising amazing sons from this conversation!   Find show notes for all podcast episodes at: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Find today's notes at:   www.monicaswanson.com/episode-39  
January 21, 2020
I'm really excited today, to be reading you the first blog post in my brand new "What Moms Need Most" series over at my blog. (monicaswanson.com.)  This message is so much of my heart, and I hope it brings you a ton of encouragement.  This is the first post of many in my new series, yet it is foundational to all the rest.  Find show notes with links to the Introduction to the series and this very post in show notes. Show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's show:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-38  
January 14, 2020
Today I have Jean Harville on the podcast with me. Jean has worked as a Reading Strategist for kids with learning challenges for many years.  She also adopted and raised 2 kids from China.  Now that her kids are grown, Jean is taking her passion for kids and learning to the online community as she coaches and encourages parents who want to help their kids learn to love reading and overcome learning difficulties.  At the end of January (2020) Jean will be launching a FREE online MASTERCLASS with 18 experts in the areas of brain development, nutrition, anxiety, dyslexia, ADHD and more.  Click on show notes below and be sure to sign up for UNLEASH YOUR KIDS' GENIUS MASTERCLASS! :)  show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast THIS EPISODE:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-37  
January 8, 2020
Aloha and Happy New Year!  I'm stopping in to wish you all a happy 2020, and share some of the things I plan to do in the New Year -- both on the Podcast and over at my blog (www.monicaswanson.com.)  I also share a new approach our family is using to create a family mission statement, based on 3 elements of story.  Your boys will love developing a mission statement when they realize they are part of a counterattack against a villain, when the stakes are high.  :)  Hope this inspires your family to gather and get to work on your own mission statement in 2020.   Podcast show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's show:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-36  
December 18, 2019
Monica's four sons join us today to celebrate the Christmas season.  We are reflecting on Christmases past -- from favorite family traditions to favorite Christmas movies, cookies and more.  We are also talking about  what we are currently doing to intentionally focus on Christ in this season.  Get to know each son (Josiah, 20, Jonah, 18, Luke, 15, and Levi, 9) as they share an honest conversation with their mom in today's episode.  Find Boy Mom Show notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-35  
December 10, 2019
In today's episode best-selling author, Asheritah Ciuciu joins us to talk about the Advent season and family devotions.  Asheritah has written a number of books, including the Advent devotional, "Unwrapping the Names of Jesus" which my family is going through as we prepare for Christmas. Asheritah encourages moms to bring kids into their devotions as they make the Word of God a beautiful part of every day.  She also shares the brain science behind how to establish new habits and how that can help us be more consistent with our Bible devotions.   Find podcast notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's episode at:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-34  
December 3, 2019
Jessica Smartt, author of Memory Making Mom, joins us today to share some simple inspirations for making holidays memories to last a lifetime.  Making memories doesn't have to mean more work or more stress, and this episode will give you confidence that you have what it takes to make great memories in every season. Find links to al of the great resources Jessica shares, including a downloadable "Memory Making Bullet Journal" over at show notes! All podcast show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Notes for this episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-33    
November 26, 2019
My husband Dave joins me in this episode to talk about Thankfulness, Gratitude, and... is there a difference?  Dave and I chat about how we can cultivate a heart of gratitude, and how we might inspire the same in our kids.  We talk about some practical mindsets that help us to be more grateful and we discuss why we can be grateful even in the hardest times. Find Podcast notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast this episode at:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-32
November 18, 2019
Kate Merrick joins me for today's episode and she has a story and message you don't want to miss!  Kate learned to be present while fighting for her daughter's life in a battle with cancer.  Kate made some radical decisions in order to be more present then, and she's never regretted it. Now, Kate inspires the rest of us in this no-nonsense (hilarious) conversation about living with intention, getting over the FOMO and embracing gratitude.  Kate also shares some wisdom for both moms of young kids and mom's of teenagers.  You don't want to miss this episode!   Find Podcast Notes always at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Today's show notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-31  
November 12, 2019
Becky Keife, author of the new book, No Better Mom for the Job, joins us for today's conversation.  Becky, who was raised mostly by her mom and alongside sisters, once wrestled with feeling inadequate as a mom to her three, "spirited" boys. God used her experiences to stretch and grow her, and now she encourages moms all over the world!  In today's interview she shares from her experience embracing her boy-mom role, finding her "mom-strengths" and working within her sons' and her natural wiring.  I love how honest and transparent Becky is, and I think you'll find a lot of practical nuggets in this interview! Find show notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-30 And all podcasts and notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast  
November 4, 2019
Wendy Speake, author of the 40-Day Sugar Fast joins us for this conversation about moms and sugar.  Wendy has been leading tens of thousands of women through an annual online sugar fast, and now she has put the best of her daily devotions and inspiration into a book.  Wendy tells the story of how all of this came to be as well as testimonies from those of who have taken a break from sugar to lean into God.  We all run to something!  Whether you have a tendency to run to sugar, or Netflix, wine, or Facebook, this episode will speak to your heart! Find show notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-29 ALL show notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast  
October 21, 2019
Mom Guilt!  Ever experienced it?  :)  As this episode releases I'll be taking off for 3 weeks of travel with (1) of my sons for surf contests in Texas and Portugal.  (leaving two other sons at home.)  Today I'm talking about Mom guilt in all of its forms-- from trivial things to more serious...and how to decide when to listen to the guilt and when to brush it off.  I talk about the difference between condemnation (from the enemy) and conviction (from the Holy Spirit.)  I ALSO point to a free download over in the show notes which is a list of Scriptures to lead your child (or yourself! :)) into a relationship with God. Find the download and notes from today's episode over at: www.monicaswanson.com/episode-28 And all podcasts at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast See you back here in 2 weeks and meanwhile, follow my travels on Instagram: @monicaswanson_  
October 21, 2019
Wendy Speake, author of the 40-Day Sugar Fast joins us for this conversation about moms and sugar.  Wendy has been leading tens of thousands of women through an annual online sugar fast, and now she has put the best of her daily devotions and inspiration into a book.  Wendy tells the story of how all of this came to be as well as testimonies from those of who have taken a break from sugar to lean into God.  We all run to something!  Whether you have a tendency to run to sugar, or Netflix, wine, or Facebook, this episode will speak to your heart! Find show notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-29 ALL show notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast  
October 14, 2019
In today's episode Brooke McGlothlin joins me to talk about the importance of praying for our sons.  Brooke shares the story of how she began to pray for her ("250% boy"-) boys and how it changed her parenting. Moms are busy and time is short, but with a little intention, we can add some life-changing, power-packed prayers to our days.  It is so worth it!  Hope you are encouraged by our conversation! Please spread the word, leave a rating and review, and find show notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-27  ALL Podcast notes are at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast  
October 8, 2019
In today's episode Wendy Speake is back on with me as we tackle a few more important (and challenging) questions about raising boys.  We talk about siblings who do NOT get along, and offer some suggestions for handling that.  We also talk about how we can help our boys make better health choices.  And we dive into some practical thoughts on boys and technology.  This episode is packed and I hope you enjoy! FIND SHOW NOTES:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-26 and all podcast show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast  
October 4, 2019
This is the last Aloha Friday Episode of 2019!  in this episode I share about some exciting travels coming up for me with my son Luke (for surf contests in Texas and Portugal!)  I also talk about how God uses our kids to teach us so much -- to grow us, stretch us, and develop our character!  I'm linking to a brand new blog post and encouraging parents to slow down this weekend to ENJOY your kids and to learn about them and from them!   SHOW NOTES (With a BOY MOM BOOK GIVEAWAY!) over at SHOW NOTES:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-25 ALL PODCAST NOTES:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast  
October 1, 2019
My friend, Wendy Speake, is back with me (she was my first guest in episodes #3 and #4) as we respond to questions sent in by listeners.  This is part one of a two-part Q & A, and today Wendy and I answer questions related to:  14 year-old disobedience... 6 year olds with BIG FEELINGS, bedtime issues, argumentative kids, and all kinds of topics that springboard off of these!  I think you'll find this episode super practical and encouraging and I hope you hop over to the show notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-24  All Podcast show notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast. Thank you for leaving ratings and reviews wherever you listen!!  Aloha! ) 
September 27, 2019
For this Aloha Friday episode my son Jonah (18) joins me to talk about some of his recent favorite books and podcasts.  I add a few of the books my fifteen year old son has been reading as well, and we link to all of them in the show notes.  Jonah loves to read and it's fun to hear him talk about all of these things!  I hope your tween or teen might get to listen and be inspired to read (the Bible and other books) and listen to some inspiring podcasts!   SHOW NOTES:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-22 all show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast  
September 24, 2019
I am thrilled to have my friend,podcaster, and fellow (4-)boy mom, Heather MacFadyen on with me in today's episode.  Heather and I are talking about sensory processing issues in boys, and how we can best help our boys in this area.  Heather has a professional background which introduced her to this subject, but she also has had experience personally and with her sons to make her really understand and care about this topic.  Whether or not your son has sensory processing issues, I think you will get a lot out of this episode!  Find show notes with links to everything Heather mentions over at: www.monicaswanson.com/episode-22.  
September 20, 2019
This Aloha Friday Episode springboards off of Episode 020 where my husband, Dave, and I talked about all of the things we can do NOW, to prepare for the day our children launch into independence one day.  Dave and I mentioned the importance of teaching our kids life skills, and in today's episode I offer a free download (LIFE SKILLS BY AGE) and encourage parents to teach their kids ONE new Life Skill this weekend!  I also tackle a Q & A about sibling bullying:  What to do when one of our kids is bullying (or generally mistreating) their sibling. I hope some of the principles I share encourage parents to navigate challenging sibling relationships and also to keep perspective in the midst of them.  :)  Find show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-21 BOY MOM BOOK:  www.monicaswanson.com/boymombook  
September 16, 2019
This is a special episode because we are covering the final chapter from my book, Boy Mom.  My husband Dave joins me for this conversation, as we go over the "7 Things parents can do now, so they are ready to launch their kids later."  This is really the heart of this Podcast and my Boy Mom book!  This episode is applicable to daughters as well, and I hope some of the men out there will listen as I think Dave has a lot of wisdom to share.  Dave is a family-practiced-trained physician, (who works in a hospital) and he is an amazing father to our boys.  I hope you enjoy, and thank you for leaving ratings and reviews wherever you listen! FIND SHOW NOTES AND LINKS:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast  
September 12, 2019
My 15 year old son Luke joins me in today's episode as he shares a quote from George Washington which says:  "It's better to be alone than in bad company."  Luke shares his thoughts on this, as well as a couple Bible verses, and his own personal experience seeking good friendships.  This is a great episode to have your kids listen in on, and I hope it inspires some conversations this weekend about friendships, loneliness, and being wise while you wait.  SHOW NOTES:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast
September 9, 2019
Rhonda Stoppe is joining me in today's packed episode where we talk about helping our sons navigate relationships, dating, sex, and marriage.  Rhonda has four grown children and a TON of wisdom and experience to share.  She has written books on topics related to romance and marriage, as well as one just for moms raising sons. This episode is a bit longer than the others but I hope you can listen to the end because Rhonda's encouragement and wisdom go all the way to the end. :)   Find show notes and links to everywhere you can find Rhonda at: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast  
September 6, 2019
In this Aloha Friday Episode I am encouraging families to gather around the dinner table to chat about the new school year.  I cover the topic of MINDSET and the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.  I love this topic and I hope you'll find it super practical and encouraging for your family!   I also cover a Q and A about boys and reading.  I share a helpful tip I learned to get boys to want to read more.  Find show notes and links to anything I mentioned at: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast  
September 3, 2019
Amber Lia joins me in this episode as we springboard off of Ch. 9 in my book, Boy Mom: "Inspiring Young Minds: Learning and Discovering Passions."  Amber is a (homeschooling) mom to four boys, and was a teacher for many years before having children.  She shares inspiration for inspiring young minds, stimulating curiosity, and pointing kids to God in all things.  We also talk about motivating older kids to learn and ways we can work with an unmotivated teenager.  I think you'll get a lot out of this conversation!  Find show notes and links to all of the places you can follow Amber at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast.  
August 30, 2019
For our 2nd ALOHA FRIDAY Edition of the Boy Mom Podcast, my son Jonah joined me to chat about the character quality of PERSEVERANCE.  Jonah has impressed me in the past year with his ability to persevere in work, studies, and life.  I ask Jonah about his SAT studies and his job as a dish washer while he waited to be promoted to busser (for the past year! :))  Jonah shares his perspective on it all.  I share some fun quotes on perseverance, and there will more quotes and Bible verses over at my show notes. At the end I do a quick Q&A in response to the (common!) question about what is a reasonable amount of time for boys to be on devices on a school day.   Show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast.  Instagram:  www.instagram.com/monicaswanson_  
August 27, 2019
Today's interview is packed with practical ideas from my friend and guest, Kristi Clover.  Kristi is so much fun to talk to -- and she is a master at organization for families.  You'll love her advice on how to "set kids up for success" in their chores, and her family's approach to earning and stewarding money.  Kristi shares principles that every family can put into practice and I think you'll enjoy this conversation! Kristi's new book, M.O.M. (Master Organizer of Mayhem) releases early in September!  As always, you'll find much more on the topic of Boys, Work, and Money Management in Chapter 13 of my book, Boy Mom.  Show notes and links:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast  
August 23, 2019
I'm so excited to introduce this new "Aloha Friday Edition" of the Boy Mom Podcast! I hope to keep these short and sweet, mostly solo (or with one of my guys!) and to focus each of these episodes on connecting with your family as you head into the weekend.  Today I am also answering a frequently-asked question about how to handle it when you and your spouse are not on the same page with parenting issues.  Hope you are encouraged. Podcast page:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast. Blog homepage:  www.monicaswanson.com  
August 20, 2019
Christie Thomas joins me for today's episode as we talk about raising emotionally healthy sons.  Christie is the mom to three boys and she has a background in children's ministry.  She faced some personal trauma years ago that has given her a deeper understanding of anxiety, and she has helped her sons through childhood anxiety as well.  Christie has written two beautiful children's books to help kids cope with topics like fear, loss, and anxiety; she approaches these topics with a balanced combination of Biblical principles and solid scientific research.  In today's episode, Christie shares three steps to helping our kids deal with anxious feelings. (I think these are great for anyone dealign with anxiety at any age!)  Be sure to check the show notes for 2 free downloads from Christie as well as her books, and links to all of the places you can find and follow her! Show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast More on raising emotionally healthy sons: www.monicaswanson.com/boymombook.  
August 14, 2019
Erin Mohring joins me in today's episode to talk about raising sons to embrace a healthy lifestyle.  Like me, Erin is married to a physician, and in today's episode she is sharing her family's experience of transitioning to a healthier lifestyle.  Erin and her husband became runners, cleaned up their diet, and now their three sons are following in their footsteps.  Erin is the real deal, a ton of fun, and she shares practical and actionable steps towards raising a healthy family, even if you haven't started off so great yourself!  Erin also shares some inspiring nuggets at the end of the interview as she answers my "Boy Mom questions" and gives a piece of advice she wished she had when her kids were younger.  (You'll want to write it down!)  Thanks for listening and for leaving a rating/review wherever you listen!!   Find show notes at:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast. Erin's site:  www.homewiththeboys.com  
August 5, 2019
Today we're having a Boy Mom Book Launch party on the podcast.  The Swanson boys (ages 9 up to 20) are hosting the podcast, and asking ME questions!  We are all in the mood to celebrate the release of Boy Mom, and I think you'll enjoy the boys' interesting, fun, and silly questions. We are also offering a Boy Mom Book giveaway!  Be sure to follow instructions, and we'll choose a winner on Friday, August 9th, 2019!  Spread the word and please continue to leave your ratings and reviews.   Link to Book Page:  www.monicaswanson.com/boymombook. Link to Podcast Page:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast  
July 29, 2019
I am so excited to share this conversation with Ruth Chou Simons, mother of 6 boys (!!), best-selling author, and incredibly gifted artist.  Ruth and I chat about raising boys in a digital world...trying to keep the focus on principles, rather than hard, fast rules. This is not an easy topic, but Ruth's wisdom is deep, and she encourages us to focus on the heart behind the issues. ("We become what we behold".) We talk about keeping the conversation open with our sons, and setting expectations as a family.  We also talk about what to do when you realize you've already allowed certain things and you want to make changes.  (You can do it!)  I also wrap up by asking Ruth 3 fun *Boy Mom* questions which will help you get to know where better!  I think you'll enjoy what Ruth shares and I pray this conversation is an encouragement to you!  Find show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast Find Ruth's website:  https://gracelaced.com  
July 23, 2019
In today's episode, I am joined by Jeannie Cunnion:  Mother of four sons, author, speaker, and a truly grace-filled friend.  Jeannie and I have a great conversation about raising our sons with intentional influences.  I am convinced that my two oldest sons are who they are today much because of the influences that have shaped them.  We can do our best as parents, but we are also wise to surround our sons with positive outside influences, and ultimately help them learn to choose good influences for themselves!  Jeannie is so good at reminding us that God is sovereign and the only One who can change our boys' hearts. However, as long as they are in our care, we can (and should!) point our boys to the best influences possible -- some in person, some as role models.  Of course, we could only scratch the surface on this topic, so find much more in chapter 7 of my book, Boy Mom (releasing on August 6th!)   Find show notes: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast  
July 16, 2019
Today I am sharing from Chapter 6 of Boy Mom, and this is a topic I am passionate about.  (It's also a topic I'm spending a lot of time focusing on with my youngest son.)  I am talking about the heart of character, and how we can focus on raising kids of character at all ages.  When they are young we focus on manners (and the heart behind manners!) and as they grow up we can attach more meaning to they WHY behind the behaviors we are teaching.  I share a story of something I did with one of my teens when his character was lacking, and I hope it inspires you.  (it was a game changer for our family!)  This is a packed podcast and I hope you enjoy it...and spread the word about it!  Ratings and reviews are SO appreciated!  (if you haven't left one yet, would you take a minute to do that now?)   Find show notes at:  https://monicaswanson.com/podcast/ And Boy Mom Book Page (with new Pre-order Incentives available!):  https://monicaswanson.com/boymombook/  
July 9, 2019
In today's episode, Gwen Smith joins me as we continue to cover the main topics in my book, Boy Mom:  What Your Son Needs Most From You. (releasing on August 6, 2019!) Today we come to the topic of raising a son with a secure identity.  This is a big, important topic!  In a world that judges you and labels you based on performance, popularity, looks, wealth, likes, follows, and on and on...how can we raise a son who does not find his identity in ANY of those things?  How do we cheer on our kids in the hobbies or sports they love (and we also love!?) without making that the most important thing?  How do we stress the importance of being excellent in all that you do without making our kids think that is where their value comes from?  This isn't easy stuff, but I think you'll enjoy Gwen and my honest conversation about all of it!  Gwen's 3 kids are bright, accomplished college students-- and athletes, and she has a lot of wisdom and experience dealing with all of this!  I hope you enjoy!  As always look for show notes over at my podcast page!  Thank you for spreading the word about this new podcast, and if you haven't already -- would you please leave a rating and review wherever you listen?  Thank you so much! Podcast page with show notes:  https://monicaswanson.com/podcast/ Gwen Smith's website:  https://gwensmith.net Boy Mom Book page:  https://monicaswanson.com/boymombook/
July 2, 2019
I am so happy to share this conversation with my 17 year-old son, Jonah with all of you.  Jonah shares about his experience growing up in a Christian home, when he made his faith his own, and how he has developed his faith over his teenage years.  This may be a good episode to invite your son (and husband!) to listen in on.  I also get to ask Jonah some fun questions at the end of the episode; listen in and find out what War and Peace, a rifle, and a surfboard have in common.  :)  ALSO:  Don't miss a free download over at my podcast page!  I'm sharing a downloadable template which can help you teach your son a simple acronym for praying and using a Bible Journal.  Spread the word and don't forget to subscribe to the Boy Mom Podcast so you will get future episodes!  Aloha! Podcast page:  https://monicaswanson.com/podcast/ Boy Mom Book page:  https://monicaswanson.com/boymombook/
June 25, 2019
Wendy Speake joins me again as we discuss boys and discipline. Wendy and I talk about how discipline is (unfortunately) a big part of parenting, and how being prepared to discipline is actually a key to NOT losing your cool as a mom. We talk about the purpose of discipline and what it means to understand -- and use -- your sons' "currency."  Wendy and I cover a whole lot, and I hope you enjoy this episode!  Find show notes at Podcast page, and please don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to this podcast, and leave a rating and/or a review!  Thank you!   
June 6, 2019
I'm excited to have my good friend, Wendy Speake, as my first podcast guest.  Wendy joins me as we chat about what boundaries and freedoms look like for each of our families...How sometimes we use a rule for one boy that is different from the other kids.  How life isn't always "fair."  (and much more!)  We also talk about boys and their need for freedoms and adventure...how important it is to offer boys healthy freedoms as they grow up.  There's a lot of great stuff in this conversation, so I hope you enjoy it and be sure to spread the word to your boy-mom friends!   Podcast page:  https://monicaswanson.com/podcast/ Boy Mom Book page:  https://monicaswanson.com/boymombook/ Wendy's website:  https://www.wendyspeake.com  
June 4, 2019
Today I begin a series which will cover all of the main topics in my new book, Boy Mom:  What Your Son Needs Most from You.   In these first episodes we will be covering the 12 things your son most needs from you...These are areas moms can equip their sons so that they are ready to face the world once they leave the nest.  In today's episode we are going over chapter two of the BOY MOM BOOK, and it's all about building a healthy relationship with our sons.  We all want to feel connected to our sons in a relationship that will last a lifetime, yet this can get tricky as boys grow up, pull away, and go through various stages.  We know they need to grow in independence, but we don't want to lose our relationship with them, either.  In this episode I talk about what I consider the four building blocks of a healthy relationship with your son.  This episode ought to be an encouragement to you, as well as a loving reminder that the relationship you have with your son today is building a foundation for how you will relate to one another for years to come.  I'm sharing some of my own experiences and practical tips for moms of boys of all ages.  I hope you enjoy! Find show notes at https://monicaswanson.com/podcast/ Follow Monica on Instagram at @monicaswanson_   And on Facebook -- as Monica Swanson-thegrommom.
June 4, 2019
Aloha, and welcome to the first episode of the Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends! In this first episode I will be telling you a little more about me and my family, my blog (and the viral post which you might be familiar with) AND my new book -- Boy Mom!! (releasing on August 6th, 2019!) I am sharing my hopes for this podcast, and what I have planned for future episodes, and asking you for your thoughts on what you'd like me to cover here as well.  Subscribe to get future episodes covering all kinds of topics related to raising boys! LINKS:  Monica's website:  https://monicaswanson.com Viral Post:  What a Teenage Boy Needs Most from His Mom Boy Mom Book page Podcast notes:  https://monicaswanson.com/podcast/ Monica on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheGrommom Monica on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monicaswanson_/    
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