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Ep. 49 How Jesus Changed my Sons' Lives

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

Release Date: 04/07/2020

Ep. 67 Talking Middle School Boys!!  With Maggie John show art Ep. 67 Talking Middle School Boys!! With Maggie John

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

If you've been around my site for long, you know I'm a big fan of boys in the sweet, awkward, hilarious middle school years!  As we continue on in this series celebrating all of the seasons of raising boys, I'm so happy to have Maggie John with me for this conversation!  Maggie is a Television host (!) as well as a two-boy momma who lives in Canada. One thing I love about this series is getting to know new friends and learning how different families' lives look in each season.  I think you'll find Maggie refreshing and so wise.   Find links to everything we talk about in...

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Ep 66:  The gift of Imagination, with my son, Josiah. show art Ep 66: The gift of Imagination, with my son, Josiah.

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

It is such an honor to share this episode with all of you!  My first-born son, Josiah, joins me to celebrate the one-year birthday of the release of my book, Boy Mom, for one of my favorite interviews ever!  I let Josiah chose the topic for this episode and he did not hesitate to choose the topic of IMAGINATION!  Josiah's imagination played a huge role in his childhood, and still to this day, Josiah taps into his imagination in some very practical and inspiring ways (he'll share about that in our chat!)  This will be a great episode for your kids to listen in on, and I...

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Ep. 65: Homeschool Made Simple, with Jenn Bryant show art Ep. 65: Homeschool Made Simple, with Jenn Bryant

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

This episode is for anyone feeling overwhelmed by the idea of a homeschooling your kids (whether you're already homeschooling or just thinking about it!)  My friend Jenn Bryant joins me, as we share the very good news: It doesn't have to be that hard!  You really can simplify your approach, and Jenn is sharing 7 ways to do that. It's easy to overcomplicate things, and I love Jenn's reminder to slow down, focus on the things that really matter, and ultimately -- enjoy the ride! Jenn and I have a really fun chat, and I hope you can grab a cup of coffee and feel like you're hanging out...

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Ep. 64  Let them be Kids!  Celebrating the Elementary years, with Jessica Smartt show art Ep. 64 Let them be Kids! Celebrating the Elementary years, with Jessica Smartt

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

Jessica Smartt, author, speaker, and mom to 3 elementary-age kids (2 boys, 1 girl) joins us today to talk about the joys and challenges of raising elementary-age boys. Jessica's new book, Let Them be Kids, is one of my favorite books of 2020, and we get to talk about some highlights of the book, as well as the magic, mischief, and madness of raising little boys. We also touch on some of the challenges parents of elementary kids face -- many of which fall under the category of technology.  I hope you can grab a cup of coffee (or strap on your tennis shoes) and feel like you're right there...

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Ep. 63: Two Big Announcements!  And a chat about our Youth Culture Today.  With my Son, Jonah. show art Ep. 63: Two Big Announcements! And a chat about our Youth Culture Today. With my Son, Jonah.

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

My son Jonah is back with me to help me celebrate the announcement of my BRAND NEW CHARACTER TRAINING COURSE (doors to the Beta Group open July 15th!) and to share his own announcement that he is kicking off his own TRUTH FOR YOUTH PODCAST on July 18th!  Jonah and I dive into a fun chat, sharing some of the points from one of his first podcast episodes which is about "Problems Kids Face Today -- and the Solutions for those Problems".  I am truly honored to have this just-turned-19-year-old with me and this interview was one of my all time favorites.  I hope you love it too and...

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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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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

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