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019: Wisdom in Choosing Friends: Aloha Friday with my Son, Luke.

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

Release Date: 09/12/2019

Ep. 57. Facing Seasons of Anxiety, with Ruth Schwenk show art Ep. 57. Facing Seasons of Anxiety, with Ruth Schwenk

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

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...

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Ep. 56. Supporting our Friends who have Kids with Special Needs.  With Sandra Peoples show art Ep. 56. Supporting our Friends who have Kids with Special Needs. With Sandra Peoples

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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...

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Ep 55: Encouragement for Ep 55: Encouragement for "Solo-parenting" boys, with Jen McDonald, Military Spouse

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

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:   Today's episode;    

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Ep. 54:  27 Tips for Finishing the School Year STRONG {with Robert Bortins} show art Ep. 54: 27 Tips for Finishing the School Year STRONG {with Robert Bortins}

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

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...

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Ep. 53.  Happy Mothers' Day:  A reading, an announcement and a GIVEAWAY! show art Ep. 53. Happy Mothers' Day: A reading, an announcement and a GIVEAWAY!

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

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: and for this episode:    

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Ep. 52.  Q & A:  Quarantined Boys, Why We Homeschool, about Video Games (Luke answers) and MORE! show art Ep. 52. Q & A: Quarantined Boys, Why We Homeschool, about Video Games (Luke answers) and MORE!

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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...

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Ep. 51. Your Family Was Made to Move Mountains, with Kristen Welch show art Ep. 51. Your Family Was Made to Move Mountains, with Kristen Welch

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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...

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Ep. 50:  A Healthy Marriage that Blesses your Sons. With Ashley Willis show art Ep. 50: A Healthy Marriage that Blesses your Sons. With Ashley Willis

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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...

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Ep. 49 How Jesus Changed my Sons' Lives show art Ep. 49 How Jesus Changed my Sons' Lives

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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....

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Ep. 48 You Have What it Takes to Homeschool, with September McCarthy show art Ep. 48 You Have What it Takes to Homeschool, with September McCarthy

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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...

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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. 

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