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

MFP 203: Will My Kids Ever Get Along?

   “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 We meet parents … 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

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

MFP 197: A Salute to Military Families

   “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  As we celebrate the founding of our country, we want to take time to … Continue reading

MFP 195: Why You Should Argue with Your Spouse

   “It’s better to be wrong together than right alone” – Michele Doman Every couple argues.  Or at least they should.  The reason is that arguing can be a path to unity which is what marriage is all about.  Some … 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

10 Reasons My Child is Better than Your Pet

Last week a British CEO sparked a debate firestorm on LinkedIn by polling users to decide if he should offer “pawternity” leave for a worker who asked for time off to take care of his new puppy.  41% of respondents … Continue reading

MFP 167 : The Irreplaceable Family

  “If we want to do the most good for the most people we will work to strengthen, protect, repair, defend, and empower the family as the fundamental unit of society.”  ~Kimberly Ells in The Invincible Family When families act … Continue reading

MFP 166 : Join the Rebellion! Be a Parent!

  “If the day comes when mothers and fathers are no longer willing or able to effectively raise and teach and love their own children, that is the day the world is in danger of imminent and catastrophic collapse.”  ~Kimberly … Continue reading

MFP 164 : Embracing the Messiness of Family Life

God doesn’t love us in spite of our mess, he loves us because of it. We talk a lot on our program about the “messy-ness” of life, but we thought it would be good to take some time to unpack … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #14: Family Culture

This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. Many parents are greatly concerned about the way that secular culture influences their children. What’s a parent to do? It’s impossible for us to isolate our children from all … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #10: Worry

My mother raised ten 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

Messy Family Minute #7: 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