College Readiness, for Moms and Sons. With Jonah Swanson

My 2nd son Jonah, (21) joins us to chat about his first two years of college, and the years leading up to that. From being homeschooled, to taking a gap year, to navigating friend groups, spiritual questions and more – we cover a lot!

This is a great episode for high school kids to listen to. Jonah offers encouragement for securing your identity before college, knowing what you believe, and making your college (or wherever you launch to) feel like “home”! I love what Jonah shares and I chime in as well to give a Mom’s perspective on many of the topics we cover. Please share this with friends who are nearing or in this season of life!  Thank you for listening.  Find links to things Jonah and I mention in show notes!

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Raising Young Creators, with Jordan Raynor

Jordan Raynor has always been passionate about creativity and productivity, and he's written a number of best-selling books on these topics. In his new book, The Creator in You, Jordan's goal is to inspire our children to start young!  He helps kids to understand that work existed from the very beginning – even before sin entered the world...He reminds kids that God is a creative, working God, who invites them to create alongside Him!

Jordan and I talk about work as a spiritual theme, how we as parents can inspire our kids to value work, and the role of chores and doing hard things. If you have little kids, this is a must listen. But for all of us, this conversation should inspire an appreciation for all the work we do (Motherhood counts!) and encourage us to raise our children to dream, create, and work hard, all to God’s glory.

Links and my own list of books to inspire kids to work in show notes:

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Wisdom for Raising Boys in a Screen-Saturated World

This is the seventh part of the 2022 monthly feature on the podcast, covering the “12 Things Your Son Needs Most from You” from my book, Boy Mom. Today I am sharing some snippets from Chapter 8 – Navigating the Digital Age. There is a lot to cover, but I think this is one of the greatest parts of our job as parents in today's world!

Be sure to check show notes to find two free downloads: A Technology Contract, and a list of helpful resources! (filters and accountability software.) I hope this episode encourages and equips you to raise your son to grow up with a healthy relationship with technology!

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Raising Tiny Theologians, with Amy Gannett

Amy Gannett of Tiny Theologians has inspired me with her incredible knowledge of Scriptures and her heart to bring up children who know and love God’s Word.  Many people have ideas about who God is – based on their feelings or wishes, or what the culture has to say (scary!) But our kids need to know who God says He is, and what He says about them!  Amy creates resources to share Truths from Scripture, and practical ways we can teach our children to be…tiny theologians.

Be sure to check show notes to get links to follow Amy, order her darling new board books, and more!

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The Journey to being World Jr. Champ, with Luke Swanson

My third son Luke (18) joins us today to talk about his journey from being a little boy on a surfboard with his dad, to recently winning the Jr. World Championships of surfing in El Salvador! Luke shares some of the ups and downs of his journey, his experience with sponsors and surf brands, and faith + character lessons he’s learned along the way.

We recorded this interview just two days before Luke left to surf in Indonesia for the rest of the summer. This might be a great interview to share with your children as Luke encourages kids to pursue excellence in all that they do! (Colossians 3:23) Find photos and links to see Luke’s surfing and more in show notes:

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Hope for the Mom at the End of her Rope, with Stacey Thacker

At some point in parenting, I think we all feel weary, worn out, and yes…at the end of our rope! (Some of us have felt that way for very long seasons!)  Ten years ago Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin wrote a book to encourage moms who were feeling that way. (It was called, “Hope for the Weary Mom.”) Because of the great response to that book, their publisher asked them to update the book and re-release it under a new name: Unraveled: Hope for the Mom at the End of Her Rope. In today’s interview, Stacey shares some snippets of that story and what God has taught her about pressure and perfectionism, weary seasons, and more.

Stacey’s heart is to share the message that the source of a mom’s hope, in the midst of weariness and overwhelm, is Jesus, and only Jesus. How does this work out practically?  That’s what we talk about in this interview! I hope you are encouraged and end this episode feeling all kinds of HOPE! Find links and more in show notes:

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Influences, Role Models, Lonely Seasons. Helping our Sons Navigate Well

This is the sixth part of the 2022 monthly feature on the podcast, covering the “12 Things Your Son Needs Most from You” from my book, Boy Mom. Today I am sharing some snippets from Chapter 7 – Forces at Work: Influences and Role Models. This is an incredibly important topic that I urge parents to pay close attention to!

The influences in your child’s life will mold and shape them into who they grow up to become. In this episode, we’re talking about the greatest influence on kids – their own parents(😬! ) as well as sibling and peer influences, role models, and more. I also share about the lonely seasons my sons went through when they made some good, hard choices to pull away from kids who were not good influences. I hope this episode is a big encouragement to you!

Order Boy Mom here!

**Also, in show notes find links to some (free!) downloads I created for Boy Mom book readers!

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The Resilience We Need Now, with John Eldredge

I am so excited to share this conversation with John Eldredge, who I’ve been a fan of since reading his book, Wild at Heart, so many years ago. John’s wisdom and depth of insight have inspired people all over the world, and his newest book, Resilient: Restoring Your Weary Soul in these Turbulent Times is sure to do the same. In today’s interview, John talks about the importance of recognizing the traumatic nature of the pandemic on all of us, and the need to intentionally heal and move forward with resilience. He talks about the impact of our recent times on our children, and how we might help them through it.


I love John’s honesty as he shares how the pandemic affected him personally, and I appreciate John’s focus on the difference between worldly resilience and supernatural resilience – how we must choose singlehearted dependence on God in order to move forward in a healthy way. John also shares one of the many beautiful prayers from his book. I so enjoyed getting to know John and I think you will too.

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Raising Emotionally Strong Boys, with David Thomas

When it comes to understanding boys, David Thomas is someone I have learned so much from. With over 25 years of counseling experience, and having co-authored multiple books, David has a heart for helping boys build the “emotional muscles” that are an essential, yet often-neglected part of a boy’s journey to manhood.  Today we get to talk about the practical help he offers parents in his brand-new book, “Raising Emotionally Strong Boys”, and in the companion guide (for boys) “Strong and Smart: A Boy’s Guide to Building Healthy Emotions”.

In today's interview, David defines “emotional healthiness”, and explains why emotions can be difficult for boys to communicate about. He talks about the “3 R’s” that can help boys respond to stress, and so much more!  I appreciate David’s compassionate and practical help so much, and I think all parents will benefit from what he shares!

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* Be sure to check out the Character Training Course’s SUMMER SALE beginning (today!) June 15th (doors will be open for one week only!) Whether you have toddlers or teenagers, the self-paced video lessons, downloads and interviews (including two with Wendy!) will equip and encourage you to raise kids of character. Find out more here!