Getting Practical about Gratitude in Your Home with Krista Gilbert

Krista Gilbert, author of Reclaiming Home, and co-host of the Opendoor Sisterhood Podcast, joins me for one of my all-time favorite conversations about gratitude. Krista and I share practical ways we can teach our kids to be grateful -- from ideas for Thanksgiving day, to things we can do throughout the holidays (and into the New Year!) I think this episode will inspire you and give you some awesome ideas for conversations you might have with your family now!

 

Find show notes: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast

Today’s episode: www.monicaswanson.com/episode-82


Raising Siblings to be Strong Together, and Strong Individuals with Amy Carney

Amy Carney, author of Parent on Purpose, knows a thing or two about raising sibling relationships. Shortly after her triplet sons were born (*gulp*), she had a daughter, and a couple years later, adopted another son. Amy and her husband have made some upstream choices to parent their children with great intention in many ways -- including establishing intentional bonds with one another, while intentionally growing as individuals. This interview inspired me to continue parenting on purpose and I think you’ll find lots of practical helps for sibling relationships, too.

 

Find show notes:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast

Today’s episode: www.monicaswanson.com/episode-80


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4 Social Milestones Your Son Needs to Reach. With David Thomas

David Thomas joins us again for part 2 of our conversation drawing from his book, “Are My Kids on Track? The 12 Emotional, Social and Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach.” In Episode 78 David and I talked about the 4 emotional milestones our sons need to reach, and today we cover the 4 social milestones they need to reach.  David offers such valuable insight into boys’ development and how we as their moms can help them reach the most important milestones.  I love this topic so much, and I think you will, too!


Where do You Run on Your Hardest BOYMOM Days? With Wendy Speake

Wendy Speake’s new book, The 40-Day Social Media Fast, is an invitation to exchange your online distractions for real-life devotion.  Today, Wendy joins us to talk about all of the things we have a tendency to run to on hard parenting days -- social media being a big one in today’s culture, but not the only one.  So, if you (like me) ever catching yourself mindlessly scrolling…turning to Facebook or Instagram, Amazon Prime or Netflix, (just to name a few) to distract you from the things (and people) in your life, I think today’s episode will hit home.  No condemnation here, just a ton of love and support, and some practical ideas for how we might exchange those draining distractions for life-giving, real-life devotion. 


Find show notes at: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast

Today’s episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-78

 

Thank you to the Good Book Company for sponsoring this episode!  Be sure to see show notes to find out more about an amazing new Family Advent book called “A Better Than Anything Christmas.”  Find out more at thegoodbook.com.


Is Your Son on Track? 4 Emotional Milestones Your Son Needs to Reach. With David Thomas

David Thomas, counselor, speaker and author (not to mention dad to one daughter and twin sons!) joins us for the first of a two-part conversation about milestones our sons need to reach.  Today we talk about emotional milestones (in two weeks we’ll cover social milestones.)  David touches on the four milestones boys should reach as well as some of the main stumbling blocks that get in the way.  David has so much wisdom, insight, and sensitivity to the needs of boys and their families, I think you’ll finish this episode with new insight and tools to put into use right away.


Find show notes at: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast

Today’s episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-78

 

Thank you to the Good Book Company for sponsoring this episode!  Be sure to see show notes to find out more about an amazing new Family Advent book called “A Better Than Anything Christmas.”  Find out more at thegoodbook.com. 


Q&A Birthday Edition {Luke Swanson interviewing his Mom}

To celebrate my (50th!) birthday, my son Luke is the interviewer, firing me a bunch of questions sent in by listeners.  Some more serious (difficult tweens, keeping toddlers in bed…) some just for fun (how is my bang-grow-out process going?) but all good conversations with my son Luke, adding his wisdom and humor along the way.  Thank you for helping me celebrate my birthday week on the podcast, and I hope you’ll all join me for the Perfectly Imperfect Parenting Event on October 23-24th online.  Get tickets here: boymom.perfectlyimperfect.org.


SHOW NOTES: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast

Today’s episode: www.monicaswanson.com/episode-77


The Gift of Adoption and the Pro - Life Kids Movement, with Bethany Bomberger

Bethany and Ryan Bomberger have inspired my husband and I in so many ways. Today, Bethany shares their incredible personal stories, and what led them to start the Radiance Foundation, and to Bethany’s book, Pro-Life Kids. Bethany reads a beautiful exerpt from her book today, and I believe this conversation will offer hope and inspiration to families everywhere!

**Sign up today for the Perfectly Imperfect Event hosted by Christian Parenting! I’ll be sharing a talk titled: “What our Sons Need Most from Us Now” and there will be over 50 otheramazing speakersas well. This is an online event on October 23-24th! Register today at: boymom.perfectlyimperfect.org.

Find show notes:www.monicaswanson.com/podcastToday’s episode at: www.monicaswanson.com/episode-76


Moms Standing Strong, with Alli Worthington

Alli Worthington, author, speaker, business coach, and BOY MOM to five sons (!!) joins us today with an encouraging and empowering message for all moms. Just listening to Alli speak made me feel stronger!  Be sure to check show notes to find out more about Alli and get links to her new book.

Find show notes: www.monicaswanson.com/podcast
Today’s episode at:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-75


A Father's Role in Character Training, with my husband, Dave.

Dad's are hugely important in the character development of their kids. My husband joins me to talk about some of the most important things a dad can do to be intentional about his kids' character training and development.  Find a video interview with my husband and lots of other encouragement for dads and moms in the Character Training Course - which just opened its doors for purchase from now until Friday, Oct. 2nd!! (Then will close until a future date) Learn more at: www.monicaswanson.com/character-course.

SHOW NOTES:  www.monicaswanson.com/podcast

Today's episode:  www.monicaswanson.com/episode-74