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

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

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

Preparing your Tween for Adolescence: Calm before the Storm!

We have ten children.  Five of them have brought us through the turbulent, confusing, emotional time of transition between childhood and adulthood, and so far we have all survived, though we have had our moments of doubt. We thought we … Continue reading

Sibling Challenges

One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is another brother or sister. But as parents, our responsibility isn’t just to provide those siblings and just walk away saying, “Hope it all works out!” We need to provide … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #28: Online Influence

Messy Family Project · Messy Family Minute 28 - Online Influence This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon.  Social media has enabled us to be more connected than ever with people from our past, friends who … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #26: Kids and Kindness

Messy Family Project · MFM026- Kids and Kindness This is Mike and Alicia Hernon with a Messy Family Minute.   It is often said that kindness begins at home. But sometimes the home is the most challenging place to be kind. … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #13: Happy Kids

This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. All parents want their children to be happy, but ironically it’s one thing that we actually cannot do for our kids. Every person has to make the choice to … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #6: The 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

The Irreplaceable Role of Parents

The role of parents in the lives of their children cannot be underestimated. Of course we have a natural role – we are to protect and provide for our offspring – but we sometimes forget that we have an irreplaceable … Continue reading

MP 090 : Teaching Your Children Self Control

“Emotions are like children. You shouldn’t lock them in the trunk, but you don’t want them driving the car either” Have you ever had a child melt down because they didn’t get what they wanted? How do we respond to … Continue reading

MP 061 : Listener Questions Answered

“In children, we have a great charge committed to us. Let us bestow great care upon them…Form the soul of thy son aright, and all the rest will be added hereafter.” —St. John Chrysostom We are so grateful for all … Continue reading

MP 043 : Raising confident kids who aren’t full of themselves

“I have this problem with low self-esteem, which is really ridiculous when you consider how amazing I am.” ~ the modern child Raising confident children is the obsession of many parents today. Cries of “Good job!” “You can do it!” … Continue reading

MP 023 : Friendship and our kids

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” ~ George Washington It doesn’t take a village to raise a child, but the village is certainly an important … Continue reading