MFP 179: Adolescence is Coming (if not already)

Re-release of MP005 Preparing your tween (and yourself!) for adolescence.   You try your hardest to raise your teenagers with patience, honesty and good manners, but they still end up being like you. – Anonymous There is much confusion among … Continue reading

Social Media Woes

Parents, we just found this amazing resource, and we want to share it with you. It has to do with social media use in children. When social media began to emerge in the early 2000s, we admit we mainly thought … Continue reading

Gender Differences: Boy Friendships: Girl Friendships

Different? Heck yeah! Our blog series on Gender Differences “There is no such thing as a ‘child’: there are only boys and girls.” ~ Dr. Leonard Sax Post 5: Boy Friendships: Girl Friendships We’re running a blog series on the … 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

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

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 110 : Teens and Drama

    “Are you the adult you want your child to become?” ~ Dr. Brene Brown High emotions and the advent of adolescence seem to go hand in hand.  Instead of getting caught up into our children’s emotion and the … Continue reading

MP 065 : Discipling and Disciplining Our Teenagers – Part 2

This is part two of our podcast on teenagers. There are few tasks in parenting that can be as rewarding but also as challenging as disciplining sons and daughters who are moving from childhood to adulthood – otherwise known as … Continue reading

MP 064 : Discipling and Disciplining Our Teenagers – Part 1

Don’t throw away your friendship with your teenager over behavior that has no great moral significance. There will be plenty of real issues that require you to stand like a rock. Save your big guns for those crucial confrontations. ~Dr. … Continue reading

MP 028 : Messy Parenting Guide to Dating

Nothing makes a father happier than seeing a daughter with a smile on her face and her boyfriend with fear in his eyes. – Willie Robertson Your natural instinct is to protect your daughter. Forget what pop culture and pop … Continue reading