MFP 132 : Learning to Trust

   “Trust is choosing to make something important to you vulnerable to the actions of someone else.” – Charles Feltman Trust is the foundation of any healthy relationship. When we trust our spouse we can stand before them, just as … Continue reading

Parents, Priests of the Home

Article from Catholic Answers Online Magazine (Link) During Holy Week our online ministry was swamped with emails from panicked Catholic parents asking some version of the following: How are we going to celebrate on Sunday with our family? We can’t go to … 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

MFP 130 Parents : Become Who You Are!

   (Parents) must be recognized as the primary and principal educators. This role in education is so important that only with difficulty can it be supplied where it is lacking. ~ Declaration on Catholic Education The Church has always made … Continue reading

MFP 126 : Sharing Your Story

“Who we are and how we engage with the world are much stronger predictors of how our children will do then what we know about parenting” ~Brene Brown Each of us has a story and we are part of a … 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 #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

MFP 125 : Tough Topics

   “If we’re not teaching our children how to understand tough moral issues, then the world will” ~from Made this Way by Trent Horn and Leila Miller Our culture all around us is throwing tough issues into our lives and … 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

MFP 120 : Raising Happy Kids in a Messy World

   “We owe it to our husband or wife, our fellow workers, our children, our friends, indeed to everyone who comes into our lives, to be as happy as we can be. Happiness is a moral obligation.” ― Dennis Prager … 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

MFP 119 : Babies Can Rock Your World

   “I don’t know what’s more exhausting about parenting: the getting up early or the acting like you know what you are doing.” ~Jim Gaffigan There are few bigger changes in life than going from having no children to having … 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

Messy Family Minute #4: Family Retreat

When we see how crazy this world is, we can be tempted to isolate our family on a desert island and leave it all behind. Well, that’s not really practical, but one thing you CAN do is take your family … Continue reading