Monica Swanson, author of Boy Mom (releasing on Aug. 6, 2019) and blogger at monicaswanson.com, shares encouragement and inspiration for raising boys in today’s world. Monica shares practical advice and biblical wisdom through honest conversations, interviews with other boy moms, and light-hearted humor.
Here's the Latest Episode from The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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! )
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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/
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/
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/
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!
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
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/
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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!
Monica's website: https://monicaswanson.com
Viral Post: What a Teenage Boy Needs Most from His Mom
Podcast notes: https://monicaswanson.com/podcast/
Monica on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGrommom
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