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Ep. 41. Diets, Freedom, and Becoming a Naturally Skinny Mom.

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

Release Date: 02/11/2020

Ep. 62: Bethany Hamilton, on Life with her Preschool Boys. show art Ep. 62: Bethany Hamilton, on Life with her Preschool Boys.

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

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,...

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Ep. 61:  Skincare! From Acne to Aging, with Dermatologist, Heidi Foster show art Ep. 61: Skincare! From Acne to Aging, with Dermatologist, Heidi Foster

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

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...

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Ep. 60 Favorite Books for Boys with Wendy Speake show art Ep. 60 Favorite Books for Boys with Wendy Speake

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

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...

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EP. 59 Motivating Boys to Read and Write with Andrew Pudewa show art EP. 59 Motivating Boys to Read and Write with Andrew Pudewa

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

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...

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Ep. 58. Thunderstorm Artis, on NBC's The Voice, and What He Learned from His Parents show art Ep. 58. Thunderstorm Artis, on NBC's The Voice, and What He Learned from His Parents

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

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...

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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

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

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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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

The Secret of Your Naturally Skinny Friends on Amazon: 

Jumpstart group:  www.monicaswanson.com/jumpstart