Parenting Boys into their College/Life Launch, with Gwen Smith

This is the final episode in our summer series celebrating The Joys and Challenges of Every Stage of Raising our Sons.And oh how I love this stage! (maybe because two of my boys are in it now!) No matter the age of your son(s), I think you’ll be encouraged and inspired by this conversation! Author, podcaster, speaker, and musician, Gwen Smith,joins me to talk about preparing ourselves, and our boys, for the day they launch into independence –whether that is college, the military, or the workplace. Gwen has two sons (and a daughter) who are in or recently graduated from college, and her perspective is incredibly insightful! We cover everything from all of those high school “lasts”(have the tissues handy,) to coaching our kids (from a distance) as they deal with life challenges, spiritual questions, dating, and more. Gwen and I both love our relationship with our college-age kids, and we wish that for everyone! Even if your kids are young, I think you’ll get a lot out of this episode. Also: Notto sound like an old lady, but there’s no denying: Blink, and your kids will be there, too!

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A Refreshing Approach to School, Family, and Life. With Corinne Gold

This episode is a big breath of fresh air for Whether you have boys or girls, whether you homeschool, distance school, (or aren't sure what you're doing for school! 😊) Just hearing my guest, Corinne Gold, share perspectives from her life will be incredibly refreshing to everyone!

I know that a lot of people are stressed out right now, and it is my hope that listening to Corinne's story of family time, beach days, great books, and confidence in it all -- will inspire you to consider just how much structure and "school-style learning" your kids really need...Perhaps this time of distance learning can turn into a new way of doing life as a family.

Be sure to check check out show notes to see Corinne's beautiful family and super fun Hawaiian life and an epic video about her husband's surfing (He has the Guinness Book World record for surfing the biggest wave!) Also get links to her very best sourdough recipe and more.

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Intentional Parenting in The Teenage Years {with Krista Gilbert}

Word on the street is that all the fun of raising boys ends when they become teenagers...that boys will pull away from their parents...rebel..experiment, and on and on.  But does it have to be that way?  Krista Gilbert - author, podcaster, and mom of 3 teenage boys (as well as one daughter!) and I dive in deep to discuss our experience raising teen boys.  We talk about what an absolute blast teen boys can be, as well as some of the harder stuff.  We cover friendships, dating, substance abuse, and more.  I love this conversation so much and I think you will, too!

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Navigating the News with Your Kids {with World Watch}

In light of so many difficult and controversial news stories in 2020, I think you'll find this episode incredibly encouraging.  Nick Eicher and Brian Basham join me to talk about helping our tweens and teens navigate the news today. We cover news literacy, critical thinking, and Biblical discernment -- and how the brand new World Watch 10-minute Daily News Program can help!  Whether you homeschool or not, the World Watch daily video segments will teach your kids (and the whole family) about world news and current events, as well as stories about science, technology, culture, art, the economy, and more.

The news can be an educational tool, and a great springboard for conversations. However, most of the news we find on television is biased and confusing.  World Watch's 10 minute videos are a great alternative -- written by Christian journalists, each show is informative, engaging and thought-provoking.  I'm super excited about what they're doing.  At the end of this episode I share 5 tips for talking to your teens about the news, wherever you get your news!  I love this positive and encouraging approach to what can otherwise be a challenging topic...especially in today's world!

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Talking Middle School Boys!! With Maggie John

If you've been around my site for long, you know I'm a big fan of boys in the sweet, awkward, hilarious middle school years!  As we continue on in this series celebrating all of the seasons of raising boys, I'm so happy to have Maggie John with me for this conversation!  Maggie is a Television host (!) as well as a two-boy momma who lives in Canada. One thing I love about this series is getting to know new friends and learning how different families' lives look in each season.  I think you'll find Maggie refreshing and so wise.

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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:

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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!

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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!

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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:!

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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:

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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-oldwith 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!)

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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!)