Each family finds within itself a summons that cannot be ignored and that specifies both its dignity and responsibility: family, become what you are!
– ST. JOHN PAUL THE GREAT
Familiaris Consortio, #17
People say to us all the time, “You have 10 kids?? How do you do it?” By trial and error, just like you! Kids don’t know (thankfully!) that most of the time parents are just making things up as we go. We remember looking for someone to tell us the perfect way to be a parent, but then we finally realized – there is no perfect way! We are still in the trenches with our children from 6-23 and a grandchild on the way as well. Parents never stop learning. Raising our 10 children has shown us that being a parent is difficult, but not impossible. We are passionate about families and we are here to give you hope!
The reality is that raising children today is more difficult than ever. Many of the values communicated by our culture are the opposite of what we want our children to learn. Parents are inundated with messages and images of how to be a perfect parent. Expectations for children and parents are unrealistically high, but at the same time no one can give a plan on how to be a parent. Where are the mentors and life coaches for parents, who need help more than anyone else?
How is it possible that a job done by moms and dads for thousands of years can be so hard to learn?
In 2015 we started a podcast dedicated to simply discussing issues affecting families today. The goal was to encourage parents and get husbands and wives to talk to each other and to be intentional about their parenting. This podcast, which started as a hobby, grew entirely by word of mouth to over 10,000 families listening monthly. We quickly realized that we were being called to a greater work than simply the podcast.
There are many organizations and teachers who can give theoretical advice and teaching, but few of these experts are actually in the trenches with parents working alongside them. There is a separation between theory and actual, practical family life. As fellow parents, we will step into that gap by giving you encouragement, practical advice, and suggestions for you to discuss and then incorporate into your family life.
You are not alone!
We believe that…
- You have a special and unique grace, given by the sacrament of marriage, to be the best parents for your children.
- No matter how great or effective the latest parenting trends are, at the end of the day, you are the one who makes the difference in your child’s life.
- You can figure this out! We are here to help spark a conversation with you and your spouse and unleash your distinctive approach to leading your family because there is no one perfect way to be a parent.
- Parents need encouragement and realistic expectations. We have walked this parenting road for a long time and we want to help you by sharing our experiences and offering advice.