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Monica Swanson knew she'd tapped a heartfelt concern when nearly two million readers shared her blog post "What a Teenage Boy Needs Most from His Mom." In this helpful book, she takes mothers deeper into the insights they need for the boy-raising journey, covering 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.
Praise for Boy Mom
“In Boy Mom Monica Swanson offers readers practical advice and resounding hope that parenting our sons well through all seasons is not only possible but also enjoyable. This book is like an essential trail guide that I’ll refer to again and again in the beautiful and challenging adventure of motherhood.”—Becky Keife, author of No Better Mom for the Job and mom of three spirited boys
“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.”—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.”—Jeannie Cunnion, author of Mom Set Free
The Secret of Your Naturally Skinny Friends offers a fresh approach to overcoming struggles with food, exercise, and body image. Author Monica Swanson shares from her own experience having spent nearly half of her life struggling with all of these things. Though she had a background in Sports Medicine and worked in the fitness industry, Monica found no exercise or diet plan able to solve her problems. In fact, those things only increased her mental obsessions, and offered short term results at best. Finally, Monica set out to find a new approach to food, exercise, and her body. Determined to live in freedom, and enjoy the body she was given, Monica discovered a completely new way to live. In just a short time she found herself at her ideal weight, and enjoying a healthy, free mind!
For the past fourteen years Monica has continued to practice this new way to live, and has shared her approach with others who were ready for real change. The success she has experienced and observed in others confirmed that this message needed to be available to the whole world. Monica has now written this short, practical book to help others. Outlining the simple path to freedom, The Secret of Your Naturally Skinny Friends offers guidance, support, and encouragement to anyone ready to overcome their own issues related to diet, exercise, or their body image.
From journaling prompts, to practical tips and tricks, this book is packed full of helpful tools and useful information. Readers have said that this book is the missing piece in every plan they have followed to try to get a grip on their weight and body image issues. Whether you struggle with weight, body image, or are working towards any kind of health and fitness goals, this book will show you how to make changes that last a lifetime.