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Discover the profound impact of homeschooling on family life, spiritual development, and academic achievement. Monica Swanson and Leslie Nunnery share personal insights and practical advice from Monica’s latest book, “Becoming Homeschoolers,” offering valuable guidance for both new and prospective homeschooling families. 

The conversation covers practical tips for homeschooling, the value of homeschooling in building strong family relationships, and the advantages of homeschooling in terms of academic success and character development. Monica’s book provides a comprehensive guide for those considering homeschooling and offers encouragement and practical advice for both new and experienced homeschoolers.  

Meet the Guest:

Monica Swanson is a popular blogger (, host of the Monica Swanson Podcast (formerly the Boy Mom podcast), and author of Boy Mom, Raising Amazing and her newest book, Becoming Homeschoolers


Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Monica graduated from Pepperdine University and earned her teaching credential from Linfield College. Monica has a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and has spent much of her life as a personal coach and trainer. She and her doctor-husband, Dave, have one college graduate son, one son in college, another son surfing professionally and taking college classes online, and a 13-year-old son – all of whom were homeschooled by Monica. The Swanson family enjoys growing tropical fruit at their family home in the country on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.  

Key Takeaways:

  • Homeschooling provides an opportunity to shape children’s hearts and minds and build strong family relationships.
  • Homeschooling allows parents to be intentional and invested in their children’s education and character development.
  • Homeschooled children perform well academically and are sought after by colleges and universities.
  • Homeschooling provides a safe and nurturing environment, free from school violence and negative cultural influences.
  • Homeschooling equips children with critical thinking skills and prepares them for college and life.
  • Homeschooling allows parents to avoid negative aspects of traditional schooling, such as bullying and harmful socialization.
  • Engagement and involvement of parents are key indicators of success for homeschooled children.
  • Homeschooling requires commitment and a long-term perspective, but the rewards are worth it.
  • The book ‘Becoming Homeschoolers’ by Monica Swanson provides practical guidance and encouragement for homeschooling families.

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