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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

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 620 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. 110: Empowering Kids to Make Good Choices Online, with Kristen Jenson

    Ep. 110: Empowering Kids to Make Good Choices Online, with Kristen Jenson

    This episode kicks of my summer series talking about boys and technology. I want to come at this topic from many angles, and today’s conversation is foundational. Kristen Jenson, author of Good Pictures Bad Pictures (check out episode 44) is back to talk about equipping our kids with what they need to make good choices online. The new Brain Defense Digital Safety Curriculum is an entertaining, video-based curriculum for students which covers everything from cyber-bullying, to pornography, to internet addiction. Our goal is to arm kids with safe technology habits to protect their growing minds. This episode will inspire you to have important conversations and give your kids what they need to thrive online.
    Show notes: www.monicaswanson.com/episode-110

    • 30 min
    Ep 109: Lots of Q & A, with my son, Jonah

    Ep 109: Lots of Q & A, with my son, Jonah

    It is so much fun to have my son, Jonah, home from college and here to co-host this all Q & A episode!
    I've been saving questions for some time now, and I've still only scratched the surface.  In today's chat Jonah and I cover everything from how to decide if your family is a good fit for homeschooling, to whether or not Dr. Dave recommends we (and our kids) should get the vaccine, to a list of parenting questions about everything -- from toddlers to teenagers, from purity to influences, to father son struggles. 
    Grab your earbuds and join in.  Find links to anything we mention in show notes:

    Podcast notes:  www.monicawanson.com/podcast
    Today's episode; www.monicaswanson.com/episode-109
    Thank you to thegoodbook.com for sponsoring this episode.  I HIGHLY recommend "The Big Questions" book series which address the tough questions every tween wrestles with (How do I Know Christianity is Real?" "What Happens when We Die?" and more!)  Visit thegoodbook.com to check them out today! 

    • 51 min
    Ep. 108: Where the Magic Happens {2 year Podcast Birthday + Character Course Doors open!}

    Ep. 108: Where the Magic Happens {2 year Podcast Birthday + Character Course Doors open!}

    This week we celebrate two years of the Boy Mom Podcast!
    Even more, this week the doors to the Character Training Course are open – for a (first-ever!) SUMMER SALE!
    In today’s episode I read a blog post from the archives -- sharing a story…of a regular Wednesday night in my home.  This is a little glimpse into what I believe is the heart of character training.  I hope you enjoy, and I hope it reminds you that your work matters…Every moment of pressing in, pressing on, holding high standards and holding your tongue. Your job is important, and one day you’ll look back and see the beauty in all you do each day.
    My Character Training Course offers so much support and encouragement for the work you do, so I hope to see you in there this week!
    Find out more: www.monicaswanson.com/character-course
    Show notes: www.monicaswanson.com/episode-108
    Podcast homepage:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast

    • 19 min
    Ep. 107: Timeless Parenting Wisdom, with Chrys Howard

    Ep. 107: Timeless Parenting Wisdom, with Chrys Howard

    My recent interview with Korie Robertson on the Boy Mom Podcast was a favorite episode for a lot of listeners! Now today, Korie’s own mom, (also seen on Duck Dynasty!) Chrys Howard joins us to share all kinds of timeless parenting wisdom.  Chrys has so much wisdom to share and inspires me in so many ways! I love that true parenting Chattinwisdom does not come and go with trends…it is timeless!  This episode has some great encouragement for mom and grandparents alike.  I think you’re going to love it!

    FIND SHOW NOTES:
    www.monicaswanson.com/episode-107
    Podcast homepage:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast
     
    ** On June 1st the Character Training Course will open its doors for the first EVER summer SALE!  Don’t miss it!  Find out more here : www.monicaswanson.com/character-course
     
    Thank you to this episode’s sponsor, The Good Book Company, who is sharing the BIG QUESTIONS SERIES of books for kids ages 9-13.  These books answer questions like, “How do we Know that Christianity is Real?  And “What Happens When we Die?” These are such important topics to go over with your kids!  See show notes and go to www.goodbook.com to find out more.

    • 44 min
    Ep. 106: Help for Destructive Mommy Anger, with Natalie Hixson

    Ep. 106: Help for Destructive Mommy Anger, with Natalie Hixson

    Whether or not you’ve ever had anger issues before, Motherhood seems to reveal our hidden anger issues. While anger is a normal emotion, it can be handled in negative and destructive ways which can hurt our kids and our relationship with them.  This was a big struggle for me when my kids were young, and I’ve heard from so many moms who feel shame and sadness over how this has affected their parenting.
     
    Today’s guest, Natalie Hixson, shares her story of overcoming destructive mommy anger, and how this led her to learn more about the problem and ultimately become a coach -- helping other women overcome destructive anger habits!  This episode is full of compassion and encouragement as well as practical tips and tools. Natalie also offers a free “Triggers Tracker” download. 
     
    Today’s episode: www.monicaswanson.com/episode-106
     
    Find show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast
     
    Note: One thing that helped ME overcome anger patterns in my parenting was to get intentional about what I focused on as a parent.  Focusing on my kids’ character was a huge help for me in this way.  Now I have great news!  From June 1st- 7th,  I will be opening the doors to my Character Training Course which teaches parents to raise kids of excellent character! I hope you can be a part of this awesome online course – filled with practical help, resources, interviews, and videos! Sign up on the interest list at: www.monicaswanson.com/character-course

    • 49 min
    Ep. 105: Create Family Adventures - Around the World or Around Your Table with Liz Yeboah

    Ep. 105: Create Family Adventures - Around the World or Around Your Table with Liz Yeboah

    When I met Liz Yeboah through a homeschool roundup on Instagram, I immediately became a fan of her and her intentional family life! Though the Yeboahs live in England, they have created a culture of curiosity, exploration, and globe-trotting adventures with their four sons and one daughter.
    In this episode, Liz shares some of the most magical trips her family has taken (hello South of France, and Shanghai...) as well as the most meaningful (visiting her husband’s roots in a village in Ghana.) She shares the books and platforms that have inspired her, and then tells us exactly how she plans her family’s big trips, monthly outings, and even date nights!  (you're going to want a wall-calendar and some colorful markers!) as well as the best travel apps, online inspiration and more.  You’re going to love Liz and everything she shares in this episode!
    www.monicaswanson.com/episode-105
    Homepage:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast
    Want to raise kids of character!??  -- Get ready for a summer sale launch of the Character Training Course!  Find out more about the course and leave your name on the interest list at: www.monicaswanson.com/character-course

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
620 Ratings

620 Ratings

TheMrsMurph ,

A window into my future

I am so thankful for you, Monica. This podcast has been such a blessing for me. I have four little boys under 5 years old. As I listen to this podcast, I feel like I am able to step into the future and see what our crazy life will look like. I have able to draw on such tangible, Godly wisdom from listening to this content and am so grateful for what it is helping produce in our family. THANK you 😊

kaylavsmiles ,

Like an on-demand Mentor

This podcast has been the most helpful, practical thing on the internet for me. Of course it doesn’t replace an in-person mentor, but as we move (often) with the military, Monica fills in the gaps. She offers wisdom, humor, and encouragement while pointing to the gospel.
I am early in my parenting journey with three kids under 5 - and I’m so thankful for this podcast!

Jennifer.Stan ,

So glad to have found you!

Thank you for making this podcast! I have enjoyed every episode so far! It brings me some focus and peace in my journey to raising boys. Having little bites of wisdom really helps keep me looking at what’s really important, inside of getting lost in the daily grind!
Thank you! Thank you!

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