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  1. 1. Not around (sadly!) when the blog was thegrommom.com
    2. TEENS! I look forward to traveling with them, cooking with them, and learning more about their passions and helping our whole family find ways to serve around those passions.
    3. YES! I did leave a review on Amazon for Boy Mom.
    4. Not yet!
    5. My biggest takeaway: one of the most impactful ways I can encourage my children’s faith is through my OWN vibrant and authentic faith (lived out!)

  2. Amanda Lee-McPhee says:

    1. I was not around when the blog was grommom.com. I wasn’t a momma back then
    2. I loved hearing how these hard years of raising little ones can turn into enjoying your teenage boys! Thank you for that encouragement!
    3.I just bought the book recently and will give a review soon!
    4. I believe I have left a review for the podcast but I’ll have to double check. It’s been a while since I initially first started listening.
    5. My biggest take away is that I am not alone in my feelings and frustrations but there is a better way to parent than with just my emotions ❤️

    1. Hi Amanda! Thank you so much for the comment! I just drew your name to win a copy of Boy Mom! Congrats! Please email me your mailing address — [email protected] Sending aloha! 🌺

  3. Yes! Have been here since “grom mom”! I’ve gotten so much inspiration from your blogs, recipes, and podcasts. Thank you! ❤
    Previous homeschooler (7 years) to boys 18 and 16 and a girl 13. Teenage years are a roller coaster but so fun! Many blessings to you and thank you for sharing your gifts.

  4. Left a podcast review!

    Also my oldest will be 11 soon and he can’t wait to be a teenager. This episode was so good because it reminds me of all the things I need to press into now so they will matter then. Here is to watching the YouTube clips they think are funny!!!

  5. Jeni Gardner says:

    I just found your blog and podcast and am excited to dive in! I have a 15 yr old daughter and boys age 13, 12, 10, 8, and 3 yr old twins. I love how the older boys care for the babies and guide them. Amazing dads in training. 💕

  6. sarah jonsgaard says:

    I checked out Boy Mom from my library and the most practical thing I got out of it was truly how practical it was. It wasn’t theory or this sounds like a nice idea but I love how you gave thorough lists of recommended books, podcast, questions to ask our boys etc. Even though it was thorough and practical there was so much heart behind it and hearing how you and your husband navigated the conversations was a powerful tool.

  7. Kristin Sparkman says:

    No I wasn’t around back then but I love that name that is great. I love having two teens. I have a boy and a girl and I love how they are discovering things and talking about their futures as hard as that is. I have rated and reviewed the podcast. I have just discovered you recently and not purchased the book yet but do look forward to reading it. Then passing it on to my sister in law who is raising my 3 sweet nephews.

  8. Mary Chaplain says:

    I have 2 teenage sons and pray God’s word for them every day.

  9. Sarah Green says:

    I have 5 boys, two are teens, and I love them!!! They are different personalities, but the oldest has a very busy life and tells me just about everything. Love hearing all I can about their days! ❤️

  10. Catherine White says:

    Hi Monica – I am raising my hand! I have followed you for years since you were “GromMom”. I came across you from another homeschooling blog that I was following. I have appreciated your insight on eating healthy, I have your Naturally Skinny Friends book, homeschooling and raising Christian boys in this world. I JUST now have a teen boy. (We have a 16 year old daughter and a 13 year old son.) The teen years have been challenging and wonderful all in one. I have loved having a deeper relationship with our daughter. We love reading the same books and discussing them! I am now trying to figure out what I can do to connect with our son on a deeper level. He loves to read as well, but not the same genre as me. I would love your insight on what you do for special time with your boys? How do you “date” them? Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten ‘The Boy Mom’ book yet. It’s been in my Amazon Wishlist for the past two years. Maybe I will win a copy? Or, I’ll just order it and give one away! Thanks for taking the time to share your wisdom with all of us!

    1. Hi Catherine! I just drew your name to win a copy of Boy Mom! Yay– Thank you for being around all these years! How awesome. 🙂 Please email me your address to: [email protected] big hugs!

  11. Michelle Clark says:

    Thank you for your wise words.

  12. I just found your podcast as I found I am expecting baby boy #2! We are so excited as we love our sweet rambunctious son- your podcast has been so helpful! I would love to enter the giveaway for your book as it is on my list to read before our second son arrives. Thanks for all you do and all the wisdom you share! These have been the best two years of my life and I know it is just going to keep getting better as God has blessed our family and allowed it to grow!

  13. Christina says:

    Yes! I remember your blog way back then! 😃😃 And yes, have left a review on Amazon and your podcast!!