Messy Parenting: Catholic conversations on marriage and family show

Messy Parenting: Catholic conversations on marriage and family

Summary: Parenting is not a clean-cut, simple process for those who like to follow the rules. Parenting is messy and unpredictable, but it is the greatest adventure you will ever have. We are Mike and Alicia Hernon, parents of 10 children ranging from 5 to 22 and we would like to invite you into some of the conversations we have had with each other about marriage, parenting, and Catholic family life. Our hope is that our conversation sparks a dialogue between you and your spouse that leads to greater unity and intentional Christian parenting in your home. Listen in to our podcast and start the conversation as we seek to lead our families to heaven. Show notes and links available at or MessyParenting on FaceBook.

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 MP 093 : Leisure, Life, and Games We Love | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:13

“…the ability to be “at leisure” is one of the basic powers of the human soul.” – Josef Pieper, Leisure, the Basis of Culture How many of us really appreciate what it mean to enjoy leisure in our lives? Life can’t be just about work, and simply “having fun” doesn’t capture what we really need to be rejuvenated in our lives. We need to allow ourselves to just “be” and we need to also create that culture within our family. Taking time for reading, creating, or playing games is one of the ways we can have a foretaste of heaven. In this podcast we discuss this topic, but we also give a list of recommended games for different age groups and games that the whole family can play, no matter what the age! Interested in the list of fun games we mentioned on this podcast?  Sign up for our newsletter or contact us.

 MP 092 : High Powered Parents | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:05

To be in your child’s memories tomorrow you have to be in their lives today. ~ Unknown. Be who you were made to be and you will set the world on fire. ~ St. Catherine of Siena There are parents in this world who are greatly gifted. They started out as Catholic men and women who were highly successful in their professional lives and had made sacrifices to get there. When children come into the picture, how do these professionals, who are now parents, order their lives to make family a top priority? In this podcast, we discuss the principles that parents can apply in ordering these goods – the good of developing your professional skill and the good of family life – towards the optimal path to holiness and wholeness. There are no simple answers, but with prayer and discussion parents can make a decision that will give them peace. Take the survey at: Downloads and notes: Become a Patron:

 MP 091 : King of the Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:31

No, we are not talking about dad (although he may be king of the remote!) We have a different King in mind. 62% of children say they stopped being Catholic between the ages of 10 and 17 according to the CARA research center. This means children are losing their faith while they are under their parent’s roof. How can we make sure our kids are not part of this statistic? What can a modern Catholic family do to create an environment that helps keep our kids faithful? Where should we start? We believe the “secret weapon” for Catholic families in the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus within your home. When families proclaim publicly that Jesus Christ is King, great mercies and graces flow into the family. Listen in as we explain what this means and how to use this “secret weapon” to keep your family close to Christ. RESOURCES: Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Ceremony (Download) Framed image of the Sacred Heart for patrons Books on Enthronement All can be found at ‎

 MP 090 : Teaching Your Children Self Control | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:01

“Emotions are like children. You shouldn’t lock them in the trunk, but you don’t want them driving the car either” Have you ever had a child melt down because they didn’t get what they wanted? How do we respond to emotional outbursts in our children? Self control is an under appreciated virtue in our modern culture, but ironically, it is the one skill we can teach our children that can help them achieve great success. Instead of embracing the maxim of today, “Just do it!” we should be echoing the slogan of the 80’s anti-drug campaign which was “Just say no!”. Our children need to learn from a young age that they CAN be in charge of how they react to their emotions, but they need your guidance and help to do this. In this podcast we give some tips and tricks on how to speak to your child and put them in the driver’s seat of life.

 Denver event invitation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:14

You’re invited to join us in Denver Sunday, May 13th 2:00-3:00 pm at Good Shepherd Parish Center. Our talk will be on Parenting, Your Path to Holiness, followed by Q&A and some social time. We would love to get a chance to hang-out and meet you. All are welcome! Good Shepherd Catholic Church 2626 E 7th Ave Pkwy Denver, CO 80206

 MP 089 : 7 Ways to Spice Up Your Marriage | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:34

Have you ever felt distant from your spouse? Living like married singles in the same house? Every marriage goes through cycles of romance and then disillusionment which can lead to true joy. But without intentional decisions and actions, marriages can get stuck in indifference and that is a very real danger. What are the most effective steps to move out of this stage? How do you overcome indifference? In this podcast we give some practical and simple advice to husbands and wives who are striving for an exceptional marriage. Other related notes and episodes at

 MP 088 : Questions on Friendships, Godparents, and Special Needs Kids | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:26

We regularly get questions from our listeners on a variety of topics. Some can become podcasts, some are answered individually, but some questions are a bit in between. On this episode, we tackle someone struggling with outgrowing a friendship and wondering how to handle that and another who is working to build community where they are. Another listener has an autistic son and would like to encourage all Catholics to be sensitive and inclusive, especially in church. We had another question about godparenting when the parents of your godchild are not practicing their faith. All important and relevant issues for parents everywhere. Listen in to hear our take on these questions and then feel free to contact us with some of your own issues! Referenced episodes: * Building Community * Godparenting * Evangelizing as a family * Prepare the Way (video)

 MP 087: Fathers be good to your daughters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:58

Dads, no one will call you Hero like your daughter will. – Dr. Meg Meeker The Father-Daughter relationship is sweet and sometimes cute, but the reality is that it is of vital importance in the light of every girl who will become a woman. Father’s don’t have to be perfect, but they need to be intentional about how they relate to their daughters. Well-fathered daughters enter the world with a healthy respect for themselves, and for men in general which often can help them enter into deeper, more fulfilling relationships as they enter adulthood. Listen in as we give some insight, inspiration and ideas on how you can work on your relationship with your daughter. Resources: * Steubenville Father Daughter Dance * Articles and Posts from Dr. Meg Meeker on Raising Daughters * The Surprising Ways Your Father Impacts Who You’ll Marry * Devotional for Strong Fathers, Strong Daughter  

 MP 086 : Navigating Family Relationships when Values Clash | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:16

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way…” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 Very few of us are blessed to be surrounded by people who agree with us on our faith or values 100% of the time, but we need to navigate these relationships and keep them healthy in spite of our differences. This is true especially in parental relationships because honoring your parents is a commandment, without a caveat or condition. The reality is that when people are critical of our faith, our values, or our parenting choices we need to learn to respond first with love and charity. It is a simple answer but a difficult one. In this podcast, we give 5 steps in loving those who differ with us. This podcast was sponsored by an anonymous supporter who is struggling to stay in relationships with family members who disagree with their practice of the Catholic faith.

 MP 085 : We didn’t lose a son, we gained a daughter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:30

All of the parenting we have done for our son has led up to this point. The point where he separates from us and forms his own family. Feb 10, 2017 our son Patrick married Cassie in our hometown of Steubenville and it was a wedding to remember! Not everything went perfectly as planned, but that didn’t matter. The bride and groom beautifully reflected the love that God has for all of us and the formation of this new family should give all Catholics another reason to hope. We are so proud of our son and our new daughter, and we hope you are inspired by their wedding story!

 MP 084 : Screens and Your Child | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:43

Screens are part of our world and they are here to stay. TV, computers, smartphones, tablets are all around us and becoming an essential element in our everyday lives. Though many would like to demonize these devices, the reality is that they are amoral - not good nor bad. It is our job as parents to help our children learn to use these screens in a way that is beneficial for their physical, social, and emotional development. Screens are a big issue for parents and a complex one. In this podcast, we discuss navigating this topic with our kids and why limiting screens is it actually more of a challenge for parents than for children. Show notes and links at

 MP 083 : Decisions, decisions, but what does God want? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:20

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Ps 37:4 Making decisions is a stressful and sometimes difficult task for most of us, especially when you are a parent.  Deciding where to live, what job to take, or how to educate your children are probably 3 of the most important decisions you will make.  How can you know what God wants?  How can you figure out what is best for you and for your family?  In this podcast, we discuss things to consider when you have to make a big decision.  God wants to bless you.  Just seek His face, stay close to Him and don’t stress out! Resources: * Fr. Mike Scanlan’s What Does God Want * TV Show with Fr. Timothy Gallagher on Discovering God’s Will * Related podcast: MP 033: Educational Choice

 MP 082 : What can you give this Christmas? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:30

We are all looking for the perfect gift. What gift is more treasured than our Lord? Many of you deeply desire for your children to know Christ in a special way this Christmas. In this video broadcast, we encourage you to first receive from the Lord, because we can’t give what we don’t have ourselves. In order to celebrate Christmas, use this time to seek reconciliation and give generously what you have been given. We can very simply honor the birth of our Lord through the very gift of ourselves to others. This is our fourth Advent broadcast and would love to hear your reaction. By signing up for our email newsletter we will also send you links for a great Christmas album that your family will enjoy. At the end of this is a sample with our daughters singing the Angel Gabriel. Subscribe to our newsletter and view this as a video at

 MP 081 : Advent – Making the Word of God Flesh in Your Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:38

This the audio from the Advent video series from Messy Parenting. Our hope with this series is to help you make Jesus Christ the King of your family and unleash God’s power in your parenting. This is the second of the four part series. This week we focus on "Making the Word of God Flesh in Your Home". In 20 minutes we share 3 ways to make scripture come alive this Advent (and throughout the year). We invite you to make embrace the Word of God personally, fill your home with it, and teach your children with scripture. We highlighted our favorite Advent tradition the Jesse Tree which is a great way for families to prayerful reflect on salvation history. To receive our version of the Jesse Tree with meditations for every day of Advent as well as an MP3 to assist children in memorizing some scripture passages - subscribe to our newsletter at If you would like to see the recording from this presentation you can find it at: Additionally the Live Video Chat with listeners from Saturday Dec 2nd you can find it here: The next video series will be announced to our email subscribers along with a link to the live interactive sessions which will broadcast at 9PM EST on December 9 and 16th. So sign up now. If you are able to join the live broadcast this will be your time for questions and interaction. We are looking forward to seeing at our next live broadcast! May God bless you and your family this blessed Advent season. Mike & Alicia

 MP 080 : Making Room for Jesus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:53

The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are full of many tasks, which are fun and beautiful, but also may take our eyes off of the One we need most at this time. Making room for prayer in our busy schedules isn’t just something that is important during Advent, it’s an essential part of parenting and living as a Catholic in this crazy world. In this podcast, we take some time to define WHY we should pray, HOW you can pray, and, most importantly, WHEN you can pray. Subscriber for newsletter for Advent Video Broadcast and daily meditations for the Jesse Tree at


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