MFP 156 : Being an Adult Child of Divorce

   “Marriage is supposed to be the earthly sign of the heavenly union I will hopefully one day have with God. When this is broken, as with our parents, it can distort how those heavenly realities are perceived. But Jesus … Continue reading

8 Tips & Tricks on Family Chores

Family operations management is where the rubber hits the road in service to our families. After raising ten children and going through numerous systems, chore charts, rewards, and family meetings, our conclusion is: there is no silver bullet!  Though we … 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

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

What are Children For?

Why does God give us children?  He gives them to us to teach us to love Him. The problem for us is that loving God benefits us more than it benefits Him. He gave us life. We can’t give Him … Continue reading

MFP 149 : It’s a New Year! How are you doing?

    “Let us begin again, brothers, for up until now, we have done nothing.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi January is a time of beginnings and new resolutions.  The best way to make plans for the future is to … 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

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

Messy Family Minute #25: Sibling Conflict

Messy Family Project · MFM 25 – Sibling Conflict This is Mike and Alicia Hernon with a Messy Family Minute. St. John Paul II tells us that the family is the school of virtue, but for many parents, it feels … Continue reading

MFP 144 : Personal Prayer for Parents

   “Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for Him.” ~Saint Augustine Many times when we think about taking time to pray parents’ first reaction is … Continue reading

MFP 142 : Kids and Kindness

   “Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.” Ephesians 4:32 After 26 years of parenting you would think that we knew how to promote an atmosphere of virtue in our home … Continue reading