Ep. 154: The Unexpected Journey of Raising a Son with Autism Finding Joy in the Greatest Challenges of Parenting. Today’s guest, Kate Swenson, shares her honest, difficult, but inspiring journey of raising a son with severe autism. We can learn a lot about autism through her story, and I think we can all relate to facing unexpected challenges in parenting. Approximately 1/54 kids in America are diagnosed with autism, and I know many of you are affected in one way or another by this
You may have read some of my blog posts on the topic of What your Kids Need Most (see the original, and one for elementary and middle school ages.) Well, after my son learned a most difficult lesson in a golf tournament last weekend, I saw how the experience pointed us to the heart of Easter, and what we all really need most. I thought I would share the story with you here, with hopes that it might inspire some good conversations with your own children this weekend. (I'm
Ep. 153: An Easter/Anniversary Chat with Monica and Dave Join my husband and I as we answer some questions and chat about marriage, parenting, and Easter. 💕 Hey Friends! Happy Holy Week! This week I have my husband, Dr. Dave, with me to celebrate our 26thanniversary, answer some questions, chat about parenting and marriage, and offer some Easter reflections. Though he is a much more behind-the-scenes type of guy, Dave has so much wisdom to offer, and I love getting to share him with
Ep. 152: Raising Kids to be Strong and Kind, with Korie Robertson How to focus on character development in our kids in all seasons. I am so excited to be bringing back the most-downloaded episode of 2021 this week! I loved this chat with Duck Dynasty star, Korie Robertson, who has raised a number of amazing kids (her daughter, Sadie Robertson, is one of my top-recommendations for role models for young women!) I have admired Korie and her entire family for years, so this interview
Raising Boys to Know and Love God Nurturing + inspiring faith in your sons, from the toddler through the teenage years. Hi friends! This is the third part of the new monthly feature on the podcast, covering the “12 Things Your Son Needs Most from You” found in my book, Boy Mom. Today I am sharing from Chapter 4 – “The Beginning of Wisdom: Nurturing Faith.” This chapter is what I would consider the heart of the book (and definitely the heart of our parenting!!) It’s the best
Foster the Family, with Jamie C. Finn Foster parenting basics, supporting friends who Foster, and all the rest! Jamie Finn is one of my new most inspirational friends. Whether you are a foster parent, are considering foster-parenting, or just want to know how to support those amazing people who are, this conversation is so good! After reading Jamie’s book, Foster the Family, I was so inspired to learn more. In today’s conversation we cover Jamie's story of becoming a foster parent
Let’s Talk About Youth Sports, with Carla Hanes. A Mom-to-Mom chat about raising kids with sports! Do you love youth sports, or dread them? Are you an enthusiastic fan, or would you rather avoid every gym, field, and court possible? Do you get excited to see your kids growing in strength and character through sports, or do you see them bringing out the dark side in your kids? Let’s face it – If your kids play sports, they will likely be a big part of your life! There is a lot we
Finding Identity in a Culture of Loneliness, with Bonnie Gray Brokenness made beautiful, and what it really means to belong. Growing up as an American-Chinese daughter of a mail-order bride and a busboy working in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Bonnie Gray has a story that will capture your attention and win your heart. In her Memoir, Sweet Like Jasmine, Bonnie shares her grown-up journey of revisiting her childhood memories, uncovering family secrets, and witnessing brokenness made beautiful.