Aloha, I’m Monica!

For years, parents have asked me to share the keys to raising my four sons to embrace excellent character.

Through blogging at MonicaSwanson.com, my book, Boy Mom: What Your Son Needs Most from You, and creating the Boy Mom Podcast, I have offered practical advice and encouragement to millions of families — but the one topic that seems to keep coming up is...character development.

After considering everything I have learned and what I have found to be most important, I decided this course would be the best way to offer support and encouragement to parents who are eager to raise character-rich kids.

Everything is now in one place, and we're diving in deep: incredible resources, podcast-style interviews with experts, and more!

We will discuss:

  • motivations for character development
  • the power of influences and role models
  • the role of challenges and adversity in character development
  • how we can help our kids make better choices
  • the use of consequences and discipline as tools for character correction



Module lessons include downloadable resources:

  • power-packed lists of character quotes
  • prayers for your children
  • a list of life skills by age range
  • character-inspiring book and movie lists
  • and much more!


Better than Ever!


Over the summer, I opened the doors for 100 people to go through The Character Training Course before it officially launched. All 100 spots sold within 2 days, and after completing the course members offered valuable feedback.


Based on their suggestions, I have added several new resources to the course -- including a module for parents with young kids and additional interviews about anger in parenting (with Wendy Speake, mom of three boys and author of Parenting Scripts and Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle, Biblical Responses) and parenting daughters (with Jonathan Pitts, father of four daughters, pastor, and co-author of She Is Yours).


What Students Are Saying:


"This course is a must-have for parents and families. It is filled with valuable information, lessons and resources to help us navigate building character with our kids, no matter what age they are. Monica has such a light-hearted way of presenting information and so much knowledge to share. The resources are useful and can be used immediately. I thoroughly enjoyed taking this course!"


"The Character Training Course is packed full of priceless information, tips, encouraging quotes, relatable and resourceful information, fabulous interviews and thoughtful biblical verses that bring it all together. I will be revisiting this information again and again."


"I cannot recommend Monica's Character Training Course enough! As soon as I started it, I felt hopeful. She provides so much insight and wisdom. The interviews and bonus material are very helpful and encouraging. Monica is relatable and practical, but also wise and godly. Parenting is so important and I would not be a good steward if I just tried to figure it out on my own. My boys are worth this investment into their hearts and minds and lives."


"This course is tremendously beneficial and every parent will gain so much confidence and encouragement after it is completed. Go for it, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!"

Course Curriculum:

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  Welcome to the Character Training Course!
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  Module 1: What Is Character and Why Is It So Hard to Develop?
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  Module 2: What Shapes Character?
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  Module 3: Hard Work, Hard Choices, and Helpful Consequences
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  Module 4: Character Training and Daily Inspiration
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  Early Years Module
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Video introductions

Every module includes a personal introduction video from Monica.

Value-packed resources

Every lesson includes incredible resources that you'll return to again and again.


Podcast-style interviews

As a special bonus to the course, you'll receive access to several interviews with experts and inspiring guests.

This course is closed for enrollment.