66 episodes

Monica Swanson, author of the Boy Mom book, 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.

The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends Monica Swanson

    • Parenting
    • 4.9, 470 Ratings

Monica Swanson, author of the Boy Mom book, 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.

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

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

    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 hope it inspires you to cultivate imagination in your kids (and your own life!)  
    ALSO:  Josiah created 2 awesome printables for you and your kids.  I think you'll love them.  Find links to the printables and all show notes at:
    www.monicaswanson.com/podcast
    Today's episode: www.monicaswanson.com/episode-66
    THANK YOU to this episodes' sponsor, The Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) who encouraged the use of imagination in all of my boys' homeschool writing experiences.  I highly recommend IEW for kids' writing and language arts classes from grade K-12!
    ALSO, Surface Sunscreen is offering another month of their bundle giveaway and 20% off all products at the Surface website using code:  BOY MOM!  (find notes and question to enter to win the giveaway in the show notes!) 

    • 39 min
    Ep. 65: Homeschool Made Simple, with Jenn Bryant

    Ep. 65: Homeschool Made Simple, with Jenn Bryant

    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 with us!
     Find links to everything we talk about at:
    www.monicaswanson.com/podcast
    this episode is:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-65
    I'm super thankful for this episode's sponsor -- one of my family's FAVORITE homeschool curriculums -- IEW:  The Institute for Excellence in Writing. You can see all of the IEW curriculum my boys have used (and get a link to try the IEW curriculum for FREE for 3 weeks) at:  www.iew.com/monicaswanson!
    ALSO: This is the final week to enter to win a BUNDLE of Surface Sunscreen products -- so be sure to leave a quick comment in the show notes and you'll be entered to win the July Bundle.  (also use code: BOY MOM to get 20% off everything from the Surface website!) 
    Be sure to subscribe to this podcast, and if you haven't left a rating or review, would you take a minute to do that now!?  Thank you!
     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep. 64 Let them be Kids! Celebrating the Elementary years, with Jessica Smartt

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

    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 with Jessica and I as we have this chat.  Find more in show notes:
    www.monicaswanson.com/podcast
    www.monicaswanson.com/episode-64.
    Thank you to Prep Dish -- this episode's sponsor!!  I love my weekly meal plans, and Prep Dish now offers meal plans in Gluten free, Paleo, and Keto varieties.  Go to www.prepdish.com/boymom to get TWO WEEKS free of Prep Dish and see if you aren't hooked, too! 
    Also be sure to leave a comment in show notes to be entered to win the end-of-July BUNDLE of SURFACE SUNSCREEN!  AND use CODE: BOY MOM to get 20% off everything on the surface sunscreen.com website!  

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

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

    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 DO NOT WAIT TO SIGN UP if you're interested in the character training course! (The Beta Group will be limited to the first 100 to sign up!)
    All of the details are in show notes:
    www.monicaswanson.com/podcast
    Today's episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-63
    Thank you to this episode's sponsor, Classical Conversations.  If you're looking into homeschooling next year, I highly recommend checking out all they have to offer!  More details in show notes!
    ALSO:  The Surface Sunscreen Summer Bundles Giveaways continue on!  Leave a comment in show notes to enter to win the July Giveaway!  (AND get 20% off EVERYTHING on the Surface website by using CODE:  BOYMOM!)

    • 37 min
    Ep. 62: Bethany Hamilton, on Life with her Preschool Boys.

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

    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!)

    • 57 min
    Ep. 61: Skincare! From Acne to Aging, with Dermatologist, Heidi Foster

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

    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 )

    • 50 min

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470 Ratings

missannapolis ,

Beautiful, Refreshing, Inspired,

Aloha Monica,
I’ve been anxiously watching the news and happy to see Douglas decided to take a turn. Hopefully, the winds are dying down, crosscurrents and chop subsiding and your boys are back out on the water. I’m a homeschooling mom of 5 littles (9,7,5,3,1years), mil-spouse, RN and former resident of the Aloha state. We left our waterfront shack (my castle) in Ewa, last year. It’s been a rocky transition; moving, transitioning to civilian life, all whilst raising littles amidst a pandemic. Although our paths (shockingly) never crossed on island, I’m grateful you’ve invited me for a Tuesday morning coffee date EST (wink). In uncertain times, you’ve filled my heart and PA home with Aloha. Thanks for leaning on God and sharing His truths.
Mahalo - Amy S

LME217 ,

So Inspiring!

I am so thankful I found Monica’s podcast and book! She covers all the boy mom topics that keep me up at night wondering if I’m doing this right! She has so much wisdom, and her relationship with God inspires me to seek Him more. Thank you, Monica, for all the work and time you put into this podcast and your book. You thoroughly cover so many questions that I have as a boy mom and almost all of it is wisdom that I can use with my daughter as well. You’re impacting so many lives, and I’m thankful to be one of them!

thejburneys ,

Refreshing!

Such great and practical Christian parenting advice. Not just for moms of boys!

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