The Boy Mom Podcast with Monica Swanson and Friends

December 01, 2020

Ep. 83 : Not Your Typical Gift Guide with Kate Merrick

Kate Merrick and I have a super fun conversation, sharing favorite holiday memories, expectations for the season ahead, and a bit of guidance on gif ts.  Kate shares memories of being raised by divorced parents and has some encouraging words for single moms.  We talk about the most important gifts (hint, they aren’t the kind you get on Amazon.)  And then we get practical about actual gifts (the Amazon kind) that will not soon be forgotten (or put in the Goodwill bin ☺) This is the most fun and inspiring episode to kick off your Christmas season.  Read More

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Monica Swanson, author of the Boy Mom book, and blogger at, shares encouragement and inspiration for raising boys in today's world. Monica shares practical advice and Biblical wisdom through honest conversations, interviews with other boy moms, and light-hearted humor.

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About Monica Swanson

My husband Dave and I have been living in Hawaii for nearly 18 years. We arrived on the island with one son, and have had 3 more since. We moved to Oahu for my husband’s (3-year) medical residency training, and never left. (That seems to happen a lot around here.) We live on the North Shore on a hill in the country overlooking the “7 Mile miracle” — 7 miles of some of the best surfing beaches in the world. We grow tropical fruits, and in between surf sessions, I homeschool my 4 boys. Actually just 3 now — our oldest just took the long-dreaded-but-obviously-healthy-launch to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Ca. I’m thrilled to report that he is very happy and adjusting well. We’re all trying to do the same.


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