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MFM 11 – Special Time

It is vitally important for children to feel individually loved and known by their parents. Especially in a big family like ours this can be very challenging. But no matter how many kids you have, you have an obligation to … Continue reading

MFM 10 – Worry

My mother raised 10 children and now she has over 45 grandchildren all over the country! That is a lot of marriages, children, and relationships to be worried about! But she has adopted a wise saying that we will give … Continue reading

MFM 09 – Rules & Relationship

Very often parents contact us for advice on disciplining their kids. Children are “raw personality” when they are born and its the job of parents to shape them into civilized human beings! To accomplish this task moms and dads need … Continue reading

MFM 08 – More Than Words

The deepest desire for many of us as parents is to pass on the faith to our children and to do that parents must be very intentional. First we need to look at ourselves and Live our faith authentically because … Continue reading

MFM 07 – Habits

Creating good habits is an important part of family life, especially at the beginning of the school year. St. Francis said “Let us begin again for until now we have done nothing.” This is a great inspiration for us because … Continue reading

MFM 06 – Role Of Parents

There is something unique about the love of a parent and child. Nothing can replace it. Your children will have many friends, companions, and peers in their lives, but they will only have one mother or father. This relationship is … Continue reading

MFM 05 – Marriage Based Parenting

As Moms and dads we have a natural and grace-filled desire to lay our lives down for our children, to provide for their emotional and physical needs as best we can. Moms particularly can tend to burn themselves out for … Continue reading

MFM 04 – Family Retreat

When we see how crazy this world is, we can be tempted to isolate our family on a desert island and leave it all behind.  Well, that’s not really practical, but one thing you CAN do is take your family … Continue reading

Thanks to OSV!

We would like to thank Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) for their on-going support of The Messy Family Project.  The mission of the Messy Family Project is to empower parents, strengthen marriages, and bring families to Christ. The Messy Family Project … Continue reading

MFM 03 – Board Meeting

As moms and dads we are pulled in many different directions.  Our world is frantic and sometimes chaotic. We parents need to take a pause, take some time away to become more intentional in our Catholic family life.  We suggest a … Continue reading

MFM 02 – Parental Holiness

It is a myth that there is a perfect way to be a parent.  The reality is that every family, every couple, every child is different but when parents work together, they can figure it out.  We have 10 kids … Continue reading

Family Retreat: Share your faith with your children

Many times, we parents don’t know how to share the faith with our children. This retreat is a time for you to be intentional with your kids about sharing your faith. You are showing them through your actions AND your … Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day and My Nanny

In honor of St. Patrick’s feast day, we have a short video message about someone who inspired and convicted him to live a life for others. Its a brief story about Mike’s Irish Nanny that we hope will be encouraging … Continue reading

Rome Reports: Family of 12’s Podcast Reaches 20,000

These parents with 10 kids have taken on yet another addition – the Messy Family Project. While it might not be changing more diapers, Michael and Alicia Hernon started a podcast in 2015 that has quickly grown to 10,000-20,000 listeners … Continue reading

Tips on Chores in the Home

Tips on Chores in the Home Family operations is where the rubber hits the road in service to our families. After going through numerous systems, chore charts, rewards, and family meetings our conclusion is there is no silver bullet! Though … Continue reading