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Play + Pray on Rome Reports!

Watch Mike & Alicia on Rome Reports! After 25 years of marriage and raising 10 children, Mike and Alicia Hernon have learned that family life can be pretty messy. That’s why they started the Messy Family Project to provide advice, resources, … Continue reading

Hernons on Faith in Action!

Michael & Alicia Hernon joined Jim Ganley and Brigid Ayer to talk about the Messy Family Project, and tips on how you can improve your marriage & family life, and how your family can get in on the “Play and … Continue reading

Hernons on Morning Blend!

The Messy Family Project was happy to speak with Mater Dei’s Morning Blend program about the Play and Pray Challenge! Listen in to hear our conversation!

Messy Family Minute #39: Dinner

Messy Family Project · MFM 39 – Dinner This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. Want to do something with your kids that will automatically set them up for success in their physical and mental health, … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #38: Anger

Messy Family Project · MFM 38 – Anger This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. Toddlers & teenagers are great teachers! They will teach you just how patient you are. We used to think we were … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #37: Celebrating Easter

Messy Family Project · MFM 37 – Easter This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. It’s Easter! Now is the time to celebrate: Jesus has risen, and death has been defeated! But how do we celebrate  … Continue reading

8 Tips & Tricks on Family Chores

Family operations management is where the rubber hits the road in service to our families. After raising ten children and going through numerous systems, chore charts, rewards, and family meetings, our conclusion is: there is no silver bullet!  Though we … Continue reading

Hints for Raising Happy Children

What makes kids happy? They make the choice to be happy. We often forget that happiness is a choice, and that’s something we have to model and teach our children. But in case you need some inspiration, here’s what happy … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #36: Prioritize Your Spouse

Messy Family Project · MFM 36 – Prioritize Your Spouse This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon One of the secrets of a happy home is for spouses to prioritize each other over anyone else – … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #35: Lord’s Day

Messy Family Project · MFM 35 – Lord's Day This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon Over the past year, many dioceses have given Catholics a dispensation from attending mass because of the pandemic.  This has … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #34: First Time Obedience

 Messy Family Project · MFM 34 – First-Time Obedience This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon Early in our parenting we were introduced to the importance of “first time obedience”.  Now some of you out … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #33: Lenten Prayers

Messy Family Project · MFM 33 – Lenten Prayers This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon Lenten prayers with children look very different than a religious community or a couple praying by themselves.  Kids make praying…. … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #32: (Pandemic) Parents As Preachers

Messy Family Project · MFM 32- (Pandemic) Parents As Preachers This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon.  In the document Lumen Gentium, the Church tells us,  “The family is, so to speak, the domestic church. In … Continue reading

Catholic Marital Intimacy

If you are having trouble in your relationship with your spouse in the bedroom, start here…. Many times Catholic couples who are following the Church’s teaching on sex think that all they have to do is not use contraception and … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #31: Lent Sacrifices

Messy Family Project · Messy Family Minute 31 – Lent Sacrifices  This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon We believe that parenting is a path to holiness.  Sacrificing and suffering are built right into the vocation … Continue reading

Seven Tips for Pursuing Your Spouse

Passion is an essential element in any exclusive relationship. These strong emotions can serve as the wind in our sails to keep us motivated to strive to make our marriage better and to go deeper. It’s very easy to fall … Continue reading

What are Children For?

Why does God give us children?  He gives them to us to teach us to love Him. The problem for us is that loving God benefits us more than it benefits Him. He gave us life. We can’t give Him … Continue reading