No Regrets Parenting in Difficult Cultural Times, with Rhonda Stoppe


Having a solid mentor in your life is a true gift; mentors offer us wisdom from their life experience and help us navigate all that we face. If you don’t have a mentor in your life, I encourage you to pray for, and seek one out. But I am also thankful that we live in a time when we can have “virtual mentors”, people we may not know in real life but who we can glean wisdom from all the same! Rhonda Stoppe is one such mentor, and today she is on the podcast offering a whole lot of wisdom and grace. 

In this episode, Rhonda and I are especially drawing from her book, “Moms Raising Sons to Be Men” which was released in its updated version last year. (However, we are not talking only about raising boys!) Rhonda addresses some of the changing cultural issues of our time and offers some healthy perspective to parents in the thick of it!

Whether your kids are young or older, I think you’ll find a lot of encouragement in this interview. Be sure to find show notes and links over on my website:

http://www.monicaswanson.com/Rhonda-stoppe

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7 Attitudes that will Sabotage Your Marriage (and 7 to Replace them with) with Dave


Happy Valentine’s Day! My husband Dave is with me as we celebrate our 28th Valentine’s Day together. ☺ In this episode we are talking through a blog post that has been very popular for many years now on my website: “7 Attitudes that Will Sabotage Your Marriage, and 7 to Replace them with.” 

Dave and I are sharing from our own experience -- as we’ve been guilty of all 7 bad attitudes…but we’ve also experienced God’s grace in helping us learn to replace them. Dave shares a reminder from 1 Corinthians 13, and I say a prayer for all of the marriages (as well as our kids’ current/future marriages) at the end. I hope this offers a bit of encouragement (even if via some tough love!)

Find show notes and links at:

http://www.monicaswanson.com/valentines-2024

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Let’s Talk about Kids and Dating, with JP Pokluda


Dating has never been simple (who remembers?!) but today it is more complicated than ever. The world offers all kinds of mixed messages to young adults and teenagers and our Christian culture isn’t giving a lot of alternatives. In such crazy times our kids need a voice of reason and a lot of Biblical wisdom to help them navigate. 

Pastor Jonathan “JP” Pokluda is the voice we all need and one that young people actually like to listen to. In today’s conversation JP and I are drawing from his book, “Outdated” which has become my own sons' favorite book on the topic of dating and relationships. JP offers wisdom, humor, and a ton of common sense on the topic of dating. He is tuned into our current culture yet remains biblically grounded. I think you’ll find this conversation inspiring and refreshing.

This conversation will be helpful for all of us parents as we coach and encourage our kids through relationships and prepare them for a lasting marriage one day. Find show notes and links at:

http://www.monicaswanson.com/jp-pokluda

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Helping Siblings Become Friends, with Luke and Jonah


Since last March, at the end of each month I have been covering highlights from a chapter of my book, Raising Amazing: Bringing up Kids Who Love God, Like Their Family, and Do the Dishes Without Being Asked! Today we get to cover the topic of sibling relationships from Chapter 11, with the help of my two sons, Jonah (22) and Luke (19). 

I know sibling relationships can be challenging, and they are obviously not entirely in our control as parents. (far from it!) However, in Raising Amazing I share some of the things we can do as parents that I think make it a lot more likely that kids will grow up to be friends. (even if they fight like crazy growing up!)

The boys and I have a lot of fun in this chat and I hope some of your kids might listen with you, and be inspired! Find show notes and links on my website: 

Today’s episode: http://www.monicaswanson.com/raising-amazing-11

 

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The Sacredness of Secular Work, with Jordan Raynor


Jordan Raynor is back with us (he’s been a favorite guest in the past!) with an encouraging message about the eternal value of our work. All of it!

As Christians we often talk about how our workplace can be our mission field (and that is so true!) but Jordan suggests that is only part of the story. And he is passionate that we – and our kids, hear the whole story. 

Jordan talks about how our daily jobs – from baristas and entrepreneurs to stay-at-home parents and coaches – have intrinsic and eternal value. This is a great episode to share with your friends and family. Find show notes and links (including the link to his vacation – at a European castle giveaway!) in the link below:

Today’s episode: http://www.monicaswanson.com/Jordan-Raynor

 

General podcast page: http://www.monicaswanson.com/podcast

Looking for new science or math homeschool curriculum? All of my boys have used DIVE/Shormann Math for Bbile-based, short-but-thorough science and math lessons, through AP level! Go to diveintomath to learn more! 

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What is Christian Deconstruction? (And how should we respond to it?) with Alisa Childers


Alisa Childers is back with a conversation I want every Christian parent to hear! A movement called “spiritual deconstruction” is sweeping through our culture, our churches, and (maybe especially) our universities. It is confusing and complex. It is leading young people away from the church and dividing families. In today's interview, Alisa offers us Biblical and historical context for deconstruction, and a truth-centered, loving way to respond to it.

I first heard of the term “deconstruction” from my two sons who attended a Christian college, and who had friends “deconstructing” the faith their parents raised them with. My hope is that this conversation might help more parents understand the deconstruction movement, and be inspired to raise their kids to be critical thinkers as they develop their own, rock-solid faith (and thereby avoid “deconstruction.”) If any listeners have family members or friends who are part of the deconstruction movement, I hope this interview offers wisdom and hope. 

Please share this interview with your friends. Find links to the book “The Deconstruction of Christianity” (with a free chapter download) in show notes. The book will release at the end of January, 2024.

Today’s episode: http://www.monicaswanson.com/Alisa-Childers

 

General podcast page: http://www.monicaswanson.com/podcast

Looking for new science or math homeschool curriculum? All of my boys have used DIVE/Shormann Math for Bbile-based, short-but-thorough science and math lessons, through AP level! Go to diveintomath to learn more! 

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The Value of Just Showing Up, with Drew Dyck


Happy New Year! Whether you are heading into 2024 with goals and resolutions, a word-of-the-year, and a whole lot of confidence, or you are just barely…plodding your way into it, this episode is for you! Drew Dyck, author of JUST SHOW UP, is with us to offer some encouragement and perspective. Drew reminds us that there is great value in every small act of faithfulness. That some of the people we respect the most have never done anyting famous or noteworthy. That heaven will be full of those who prayed in their closet, and simply showed up for the people around them. 

As parents, as friends, and as Christians, sometimes just showing up is enough. Let’s do that well this year! Find show notes with any links we mention over on my website:

Today’s episode: http://www.monicaswanson.com/Drew-Dyck

 

General podcast page: http://www.monicaswanson.com/podcast

Looking for new science or math homeschool curriculum? All of my boys have used DIVE/Shormann Math for Bbile-based, short-but-thorough science and math lessons, through AP level! Go to diveintomath to learn more! 

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3 Ways to naturally instill character into your kids every day


With a little intentionality, we can develop character in our kids’ throughout the natural rhythms of our days. Whether your kids are toddlers or teenagers, this episode will equip you with some great tools for practical character development! 

Today I am pulling from chapters 9 and 10 of my book, Raising Amazing: Bringing up Kids Who Love God, Like Their Family, and Do the Dishes Without Being Asked!

This episode also comes with two free resources: A printable list of character-rich books and Bible verses to inspire your kids! And a link to my own chore system+money management plan that we have used for years! Grab all of those over in show notes:

Today’s episode: http://www.monicaswanson.com/raising-amazing-9

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6 Discipline Mistakes to Avoid During the Holidays


One of the most important and challenging jobs we have as parents is that of disciplining our kids. Most of us wish it weren’t necessary (and a lot of parents today mostly ignore it!) but I have learned that good discipline is one of the greatest keys to raising amazing kids!

Back when my oldest sons (now 24 and 22 years old) were very young, I read a book that challenged and inspired me in how to discipline well. The book was called, “Don’t Make me Count to 3” by Ginger Hubbard.

All these years later, Ginger is still offering wisdom and encouragement to parents through her books, speaking engagements, and podcast. And today she joins me to get practical about this topic of discipline! I decided that sharing our conversation just before the holidays would be perfect. Rather than end the holidays (and start the New Year) feeling disappointed and frustrated in our parenting, what if we up our game, and get extra intentional about discipline now? I believe it can make all the difference in the peace and joy your entire family will experience over the Christmas holiday and into the year ahead!

Find links and show notes on my website:

Today’s episode: http://www.monicaswanson.com/ginger-hubbard

 

General podcast page: http://www.monicaswanson.com/podcast

Looking for new science or math homeschool curriculum? All of my boys have used DIVE/Shormann Math for Bbile-based, short-but-thorough science and math lessons, through AP level! Go to diveintomath to learn more! 

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