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Concerns about Porn and Children

We just launched our newly updated and expanded resource on “Screens and Your Child” last month, so we thought we’d share part of the information we’re adding to that resource. When it comes to the actual content of technology, pornography … Continue reading

Two Parenting Tech Traps to Avoid

We just launched our newly updated and expanded resource on “Screens and Your Child” last month, so we thought we’d share part of the information we’re adding to that resource. When it comes to screens and our kids, there are … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #57: Grandparents

Messy Family Project · MFM 57 – Grandparents This is a messy family minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. Three years ago we became grandparents and it is just as wonderful as everyone told us it would be! We are … Continue reading

When is the Right Time to Let Your Kids Use Tech?

We are launching our newly updated and expanded resource on “Screens and Your Child” this month, so we thought we’d share part of the information we’re adding to that resource. Some parenting experts urge parents to “trust” their children when … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #56: Family Life

Messy Family Project · MFM 56 – Family Life This is a messy family minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. We talk a lot on our program about the “messy-ness” of life, but we thought we could take a moment … Continue reading

A Hernon Christmas Story

By Katie Gamboa. The winter of 2004 was a cold, dry one in my cramped, joy-filled Steubenville home. My parents’ house was almost bursting at the seams with five rambunctious children under nine years old and two loving dogs under … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #58: Holiday Hosting

Messy Family Project · MFM 58 – Holiday Hosting This is a messy family minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. As we prepare for the holiday season, we need to remember the importance of hosting. All of us need community … Continue reading

A Simple Christmas?

By Regina Doman When I was little, one of my favorite book series was the “Little House on the Prairie” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and my favorite chapters invariably involved Christmas. Looking back as an adult, it’s astonishing to … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #55: Closeness

Messy Family Project · MFM 55 – Closeness This is a messy family minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. A 2014 study entitled “Understanding Former Young Catholics” found that emotional closeness with parents, especially fathers, is a powerful indicator of … Continue reading

A Messy Family Guide to Screens & Your Child

Want to Limit Screentime for your Kids? Start with Yourself. Ask yourself: how much do you use screens? Are you moderating your use? Are you making sacrifices of your own screen time to parent your kids? Are you struggling against … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #54: The Importance of Ritual

Messy Family Project · MFM 54 – The Importance Of Ritual This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. How can you turn a simple daily routine, something ordinary that you do everyday into a tool to … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #53: Holiday Guests

Messy Family Project · MFM 53 – Thanksgiving Guests This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. It’s the holiday season, and that’s traditionally the time when we gather with our extended family. It’s a joyful time–or … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #52: Saints and Your Kids

Messy Family Project · MFM 52 – Saints And Your Kids This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. Are your kids obsessed with superheroes? Mine certainly are — or have been! That age, when kids start … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #51: All Souls

Messy Family Project · MFM 51 – All Souls This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. Mother Church gives us the Feast of All Souls at the beginning of November to pray for all the souls … Continue reading

Social Media Woes

Parents, we just found this amazing resource, and we want to share it with you. It has to do with social media use in children. When social media began to emerge in the early 2000s, we admit we mainly thought … Continue reading

10 Reasons My Child is Better than Your Pet

Last week a British CEO sparked a debate firestorm on LinkedIn by polling users to decide if he should offer “pawternity” leave for a worker who asked for time off to take care of his new puppy.  41% of respondents … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #50: Give It Away

Messy Family Project · MFM 50 – Give it Away This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. “Fall cleaning” has always made more sense to us than “spring cleaning.” After all, the holidays are approaching, and … Continue reading