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

WalletWin Interview: Building a Strong Family Culture

Mike and Alicia chat with Johnathan and Amanda Teixeira on their podcast, The WalletWin Podcast about how to build a strong family culture. Johnathan and Amanda are the whizzes behind WalletWin, a personal finance company that teaches people how to … Continue reading

Boys to Men: Initiation Done Right

How It All Began I still remember the conversation on the beach that changed my whole approach to men’s initiation. I was on vacation with my extended family and talking with two of my brothers-in-law about our sons. We were … Continue reading

Raising Boys

Mike chats with Adam Minihan and David Niles of The Catholic Man Show about raising boys to be good, wholesome men in our culture today. Real authentic masculinity is under attack and our boys struggle to really grow up so … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #34: First Time Obedience

 Messy Family Project · MFM 34 – First-Time Obedience This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon Early in our parenting we were introduced to the importance of “first time obedience”.  Now some of you out … Continue reading

MFP 152 : First Time Obedience

   The family is the first school of virtue Discipline is the issue that we get the most questions about probably because there is so much conflicting advice for parents out there.  The bottom line is that every couple must … 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

MFP 147: Judgy Parents, Toddlers in Stores and Mean Teens

In this podcast, we discuss some good and challenging topics suggested by listeners.The first one is about parenting advice. Many parents who look for advice from friends are give absolute declarations about the “only way” to parent. But in reality, … Continue reading

Parents and the Law of Love

A rules-first approach to Faith can lead to rebellion as children mature Article from Catholic Answers Online Magazine by Michael and Alicia Hernon This summer we had the great pleasure of speaking to hundreds of Catholic families at five different … Continue reading

MFP 131 : The Power of “NO”

   “If your boundary training consists only of words, you are wasting your breath. But if you ‘do’ boundaries with your kids, they internalize the experiences, remember them, digest them, and make them part of how they see reality.” ― … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #9: Rules & Relationship

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

Family life can be messy, but discipline helps everyone

by Tamara El-Rahi This article was originally posted in the Mercatornet One of the most challenging aspects of parenting so far has been discipline. One, because I’m a softie, and hate to see my child upset. Two, because even though … Continue reading

MP 101 : Principles of Discipline

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children, instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 More than any other topic, discipline is something listeners have asked us to address in our podcast. Our hesitation has … Continue reading