How to Survive the Toddler Years

  “Without ideals we are aimless, but never let ideals eclipse the reality of our situation” ~ Mike and Alicia Hernon When you have toddlers in the house, things tend to descend into chaos in the time it takes you … 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 #11: Special Times

This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. It is vitally important for children to feel individually loved and known by their parents. Especially in a big family like ours this can be very challenging. But no … 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 094 : The Myth of the Play Date

“When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions it is up to us to share our calm, not join in the chaos” You are at a friend’s house for dinner with your kids. The 3 and 5 yr old are … Continue reading

MP 071 : Enjoying your Toddler

“You can learn many things from toddlers! For example, how much patience you actually have.” ~Anonymous One blessing of having ten kids is that we have matured and learned enough about kids to appreciate the toddler years of children #9 … Continue reading

MP 058 : Becoming a Parent

“I don’t know what’s more exhausting about parenting: the getting up early, or acting like you know what you’re doing.” ~ Jim Gaffigan, Dad Is Fat Babies are a joy. If you are married without children, people will often tell … Continue reading

MP 006 : The Survival Zone

“You want to know what it’s like having a fourth kid? Imagine you’re drowning, and then someone hands you a baby.” ~ Jim Gaffigan We believe the most challenging years of parenting are not related to how many kids you … Continue reading

MP 004 : Toddlers

Dr. James Dobson once quipped, “Give me an army of toddlers and I can overtake the world!” The toddler years are an amazing time of human development, but this transition from infancy to childhood is challenging for most parents. Join … Continue reading