The Monica Swanson Podcast

February 01, 2023

Helping Teens Navigate Through Life’s Toughest Issues.

Teens today are growing up in a confusing world, and they are facing things we couldn’t have imagined when we were young. From mental health issues, to the internet (cyberbullying, access to pornography, and social media to name a few,) to vaping, increased suicide rates and more, it is not an easy time to navigate the teenage years.  Or to parent a teenager! Enter Jessica Peck! Jessica has a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, she is a professor at Baylor, and she is a mom to FOUR teenagers!  In today’s interview we cover topics from her incredibly helpful book, Behind Closed Doors: A Guide to Help Parents and Teens Navigate Through Li fe’s Toughest Issues. I love Jessica’s kind and humble heart and her passion for parenting. I also appreciate the wisdom she has gained through a lot of experience quite literally, “behind closed doors.”  Please spread the word about this episode – No matter the age of your kids, these topics will be relevant eventually!  Read More

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About The Monica Swanson Podcast

Monica Swanson, author of Boy Mom and Raising Amazing (releasing 2/21/2023), and blogger at, shares encouragement and inspiration for raising amazing kids and building strong families. Monica shares practical advice and biblical wisdom through honest conversations, interviews with experts, and light-hearted humor.

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About Monica Swanson

Monica and her husband Dave raise boys and tropical fruit on the North Shore of Oahu.  Monica has homeschooled their four sons (two who are currently in Southern California, one in college, one a recent college grad!)  Monica is the author of Raising Amazing: Bringing up Kids Who Love God, Like their Family, and Do the Dishes without Being Asked (released this week!) as well as  Boy Mom: What Your Son Needs Most from You, and host of the Monica Swanson Podcast. Monica has been blogging for over 12 years and has encouraged over 10 million visitors to her website with articles on parenting and family, healthy living, and (mostly) healthy recipes. The Swanson boys are all surfers, (Luke, who is 19, surfs professionally) which keeps Monica on her knees. Monica loves good coffee, running trails with her husband and dog, Thor, the Word of God, and connecting with women all over the world through the crazy gift of the internet.


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