Music in the Home

 Both of us love music, although only Alicia plays it. In our musical family, Mike likes to say that he plays the radio! But we’re not alone in this: most people love music.   We are among the first generations … Continue reading

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

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 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 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

MP 077 : Preparing to Launch

“You left just as you were becoming interesting.” ~ Professor Henry Jones to Indiana Jones All throughout our children’s lives, we are laying a foundation, a foundation upon which the rest of their lives will be built. How we relate … Continue reading

MP 072 : Chastity: It’s not just for Teenagers!

“The more ready you are to give yourselves to God and to others, the more you will discover the authentic meaning of life.” ― Jason Evert, Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves Chastity is a fruit of the … Continue reading