How to Have Successful School Mornings

If you’re anything like us, your home runs on routines. Bedtimes, meal times and summertime are all on some kind of routine that helps everyone to know what’s happening and when. The same goes for the school year! And nothing … Continue reading

Encouraging Virtue in Our Children

  “Peace is the tranquillity of order” – St. Augustine of Hippo Let’s face it: we all want our children to grow up to be intelligent, well-mannered, faithful adults. But as Catholic Christians, there is more to that upbringing than … Continue reading

The 12 Promises of the Sacred Heart

The Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary (1) “I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life. (2) I will establish peace in their homes. (3) I will comfort them in … Continue reading

How to Keep Your Kids Catholic

  “Sanctify your family and you will sanctify society.”  Fr. Mateo A few months ago, we sent a link to our email subscriber list with a link to fill out our listener survey. We received SO MANY responses and unsurprisingly, … Continue reading

Disillusionment: What to do and how to fight it

  “Love should be seen as something which in a sense never ‘is’ but is always only ‘becoming’” ~ St. John Paul II Disillusionment – the feeling of disappointment when we realize something or someone isn’t as wonderful as we … Continue reading

Encouraging Good Sibling Relationships

  “The family is where children discover how to be human. It’s where they learn how to respect and love other people.. where they discover their place in a family story larger than themselves.” – Archbishop Charles Chaput Encouraging good … Continue reading

Help! I Hate Parenting My Kids (Sometimes)

  “Family communion can only be preserved and perfected through a great spirit of sacrifice.” – St. John Paul II Help! I hate parenting my kids (sometimes)! Have you felt this way from time to time? When it gets hard, … Continue reading

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