Do Family Dinners Matter?

“Food is love, but it’s only love if it’s shared.” ~ Fr. Leo Patalinghug Do family dinners matter? You may have heard that they’re important for one reason or another. Studies show that children who eat regular meals around the … Continue reading

Grandparents and Their Sacred Calling

Becoming grandparents is truly one of life’s greatest blessings! But we realized that it’s not just a blessing, but a sacred calling. Watching those grandbabies grow, learn and make a mess in our generally tidy house reminds us how exhausting … Continue reading

Messy Families are Holy Families

  “If you want to be a great parent, you need to be an amazing spouse.” – Mike Hernon In our secularized world today, it’s easy to get caught up in the “busyness” of life. Family life is messy but … Continue reading

Raising Patriotic Kids

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” – G.K. Chesterton  In our world today, it seems like it’s countercultural to be patriotic. There are so … Continue reading

How to Handle Parenting Advice

“No one is doing it perfectly. You love your kids with your whole heart and do the best you possibly can.” – Resse Witherspoon There’s so much parenting advice out there! How do we figure out what’s good advice and … Continue reading

Arguing With Your Spouse

“It’s better to be wrong together than right alone” – Michele Doman Every couple argues. Arguing with your spouse is expected and can actually be a sign of a healthy marriage. We’re bound to have disagreements on anything from where … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #68: Family Culture

Messy Family Project · MFM 68 – Family Culture This is a messy family minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. We talk a lot about the importance of family culture. So what is it? Family culture is an unwritten set … Continue reading

Teaching Kids How to Handle Money

 “Teaching kids how to handle money is more than dollars and cents; it’s about character and responsibility.”  –  Dave Ramsey Money tends to stir up strong emotions among us, but teaching kids how to handle money is an essential task … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #67: Kids and Money

Messy Family Project · MFM 67 – Kids And Money This is a messy family minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. Teaching kids to handle money can be tricky for parents. In our own experience of raising ten children, we … Continue reading

How to Plan a Great Family Vacation

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”- St. Augustine of Hippo Summer is (basically) here! School is wrapping up and we’re looking forward to some free time this summer to relax, hang … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #66: Music in the Home

Messy Family Project · MFM 66 – Christian Music This is a messy family minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. How do you keep God on your mind once you’re done with prayer and daily Mass? It’s different for each … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #65: Marriage Roles

Messy Family Project · MFM 65 – Marriage Roles This is a messy family minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. The world says husbands and wives have the same or even interchangeable roles. Some fundamentalists say wives should let their … Continue reading

Praying as a Couple

  “Every family has an anointing and in order to walk in that anointing we need to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Deacon Larry Oney You’ve probably heard the phrase: “The family that prays together, stays … Continue reading

Making Time For Your Marriage

  “Love is never something ready made, something merely given to man and woman, it is always at the same time a task which they are set. Love should be seen as something which in a sense never ‘is’ but … Continue reading

Find Healing in Marriage

We all walk into marriage as broken people. No one is perfect and will carry their imperfections into their relationships. There is nowhere else that our imperfections come to light more clearly than in marriage.  Marriage and family life is … Continue reading

How to Succeed at Mass with Kids

  “In the adult, the space of acceptance is never whole, yet it is in the child. The child is really capable of listening impartially and unselfishly, the child is receptive to the greatest degree.”  – Sofia Cavalletti, Founder of … Continue reading

Consequences for Kids

  “When parents nag kids, we get ignored.  When they nag us, we keep answering. Who is smarter?  Maybe we have strong-willed kids because we (parents) are not strong-willed.” ~ Dr. Ray Guarendi If there’s anything that trips parents up, … Continue reading