Boy Mom: What Your Son Needs Most from You
This guidebook, packed with wisdom, practical advice, resources, and encouragement, explores how moms can equip their sons with what they most need to succeed in life.
by Monica Swanson
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In Boy Mom, Monica Swanson takes mothers into the insights they need for the boy-raising journey
Boy Mom covers topics from dealing with the daily influences of friends and technology to helping a boy grow to be physically, spiritually, and emotionally healthy. She also addresses learning and finding passions, perspectives on relationships and dating, and work ethics and money management.
Each chapter features relatable stories, handy checklists, and practical advice based on a combination of research, experience, and biblical truth to guide and equip a mom in helping her son achieve his God-given potential.
“Monica Swanson is the friend we all need in our lives: humble, straightforward, warm, full of wisdom, and short on nonsense—and she knows her stuff like no one else. In Boy Mom she holds the bar high yet is forthcoming about her own struggles and imperfections. Inside these pages you’ll find deeply rooted biblical and practical advice along with calls to action when you don’t know where to start. The Boy Mom Manifesto at the end will not only inspire you but also make your heart swell. I can’t think of a better mentor for Boy Moms. This book is your golden opportunity to learn from Monica’s years of experience. Settle in and get the help you need to raise your sons with confidence.”
—KATE MERRICK, author of Here, Now: Unearthing Peace and Presence in an Overconnected World
“Monica Swanson is the ultimate Boy Mom mentor. While her perspective on parenting is grounded in biblical wisdom, each chapter holds excellent practical tools for how to work out that wisdom on a daily basis in our homes. Of course, we know there aren’t formulas that will ensure we get it all right, but we also know that gleaning wisdom from women who have gone before us (and are still in the trenches with us) is invaluable in the wonderful adventure of helping boys become all God created them to be. What a privilege it is to be a Boy Mom, and Monica is just the right woman to help us do it intentionally and without the pressure of perfection.”
—JEANNIE CUNNION, author of Mom Set Free
“For years moms have asked me for resources to help them raise sons, and I’ve pointed them to Monica Swanson’s blog. Now I’m thrilled to have a book that compiles her best wisdom! Boy Mom is packed with relevant insights and practical advice to help parents intentionally raise young men of character, honor, and strength. Parents today face unprecedented challenges, and Monica’s heartfelt encouragement as a mom in the trenches is timely for a generation that longs for moral direction.”
—KARI KAMPAKIS, mom of four girls and author of 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know
“All who are parents, especially Boy Moms, will devour this book! Monica Swanson shares from her experience of raising four boys. Her transparency, candor, tears, and prayers have led to a book full of wisdom and incredible insight into what a boy needs to reach his destiny.”
—STEPHANIE FAST, fellow Boy Mom, author of She Is Mine, speaker, and advocate for vulnerable children
“Every time I told my dad I was pregnant with another boy, he responded with ‘That’s wonderful! The world needs more godly men.’ I couldn’t agree more. Thankfully, Monica has written a guide to help you partner with God to raise these needed men of character. In the pages of Boy Mom, you will find a wise mentor who understands the challenge of energetic boys and points you to truth and resources to help you be the kind of Boy Mom you want to be.”
HEATHER MACFADYEN, mom of four boys and creator and host of the Don’t Mom Alone podcast
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About the Author
Monica Swanson is an author and popular blogger whose post “What a Teenage Boy Needs Most from His Mom” reached nearly two million readers in just over a week. She has contributed to the Today show website, the Huffington Post, and the MOB (Mothers of Boys) Society. She and her doctor-husband, Dave, have one son in college and three more boys, who divide their time between homeschooling and surfing. The Swansons enjoy growing tropical fruit at their home in the country on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
Boy Mom is being published by the awesome folks at Waterbrook Multnomah and my agent is the equally awesome Alexander Fields of the Bindery agency.