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Parenting is not a clean-cut, simple process for those who like to follow the rules. Family life 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 6 to 23 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.



Visit us at MessyFamilyProject.org for resources, guides, links and show notes.

Messy Family Podcast : Catholic conversations on marriage and family Mike and Alicia Hernon : Catholic Marriage Parent and Family

    • Parenting
    • 4.9 • 453 Ratings

Parenting is not a clean-cut, simple process for those who like to follow the rules. Family life 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 6 to 23 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.



Visit us at MessyFamilyProject.org for resources, guides, links and show notes.

    MFP 156 : Being an Adult Child of Divorce

    MFP 156 : Being an Adult Child of Divorce

    During this episode, Mike shares his story of his parents’ divorce when he was a teen and his own journey of healing over the past 20 years. But this is more than just his story. We also share the hope that Christ brings to us in all our relationships, the lessons learned from suffering and pain, and, ironically, how the divorce actually strengthened his belief in marriage as a covenant between two people that should never be violated. Anyone who has experienced the effects of divorce in their own lives, or who has married someone who has needs to hear this message. Even though divorce is ubiquitous, it is not without devastating effects. What is the answer? Its the same answer that applies to us all - we need to be Fathered by God and find our identity in Him. Listen in and have hope!



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    • 56 min
    MFP 155 : The Frantic Family – an interview with Pat and Laura Lencioni

    MFP 155 : The Frantic Family – an interview with Pat and Laura Lencioni

    For years, Patrick Lencioni has had books on the top of the best seller charts.  He is a master at teaching businesses how to improve their culture and organizational health.  In this podcast, Pat and his wife Laura join us to talk about the culture and health of our families and how his lessons from business can help us!  In our Family Board Meeting course, we use his book 3 Big Questions for the Frantic Family to help couples discover their unique values and rallying cry so this interview was a great time for us to go even deeper into these questions with our listeners.  This podcast is from a Zoom call that we had with our members and the Lencionis so we were able to take questions from the audience and have some great interaction.  Listen in to this compelling conversation!









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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Pursuing Your Spouse

    Pursuing Your Spouse

    Messy Family Project · MFM 36 – Prioritize Your Spouse

    This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon

    One of the secrets of a happy home is for spouses to prioritize each other over anyone else – even the children!  We know this may sound counterintuitive, but the best way to be a great parent is to be an amazing spouse!  We have to put the needs of our marriage above the wants of our children.  Think of it this way, what do children need more than anything else?  They need a mother and father who are completely in love with each other and who provide a stable, safe place for that child to grow.  

    After all, where do these children come from? They are the fruit of your marriage!  So don’t get confused and think that your children can be the focus of your family.  That is not good for them and it’s not good for you.  Your marriage needs to be prioritized and from that marriage, you will be able to provide a loving home for your children AND you will have the energy to give them the love and attention they need.  Always remember you are first a husband or wife and second, you are a parent.  

    For more tools to improve your marriage, visit us at messyfamilyminute.org

    Below is our podcast on “Pursuing Your Spouse.” Listen to it to find out more on this topic.

    • 52 min
    MFP 154 : St Joseph Patron of the Family

    MFP 154 : St Joseph Patron of the Family

    This is the year of St. Joseph so let’s talk about what we can learn from this man who knew Jesus and Mary more intimately than any other person who has ever lived. There is so much we can learn from him! Because there is really no definitive teaching on St. Joseph, we can extrapolate from what we know about Jewish culture at the time and what we read in scripture to imagine what he must have been like. We do know that he can teach us about being a spouse, a parent, a follower of Christ. He can show us how to love Jesus and Mary better and, as patron of the family, he is a powerful intercessor for us! Listen in to this insightful conversation about the man who can serve as a model to us all - St. Joseph.



    Webinar on Holy Week as a Family: https://www.messyfamilyproject.org/holy-week-webinar/

    5 Week Family Board Meeting Course: https://messyfamilyhood.com/family-board-meeting-registration/

    • 1 hr
    MFP153 : God’s Vision for Marriage

    MFP153 : God’s Vision for Marriage

    Join us for an extraordinary interview with Fr. Jay Donahue, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh who has a heart for marriage and a deep and abiding love for Christ. We discuss with Fr. Jay the impact that his own large family had on him, how couples can image Christ’s love for the Church and the importance of the Blessed Mother in the lives of priests and everyone in the Church. He even dives into the sexual scandals that have plagued our Church with extraordinary love and compassion. You will be inspired hearing his passion for marriage and God’s vision for marriage. We hope you enjoy this interview!



    Webinar on Holy Week as a Family: https://www.messyfamilyproject.org/holy-week-webinar/

    5 Week Family Board Meeting Course: https://messyfamilyhood.com/family-board-meeting-registration/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    MFP 152 : First Time Obedience

    MFP 152 : First Time Obedience

    Discipline is the issue that we get the most questions about probably because there is so much conflicting advice for parents out there. The bottom line is that every couple must decide for themselves how they will form the children that God has given to them. But, don’t worry, we do have some principles and encouragement to give you! In this episode, we discuss the importance of Respect in the home. For children to truly be obedient and secure in their family, they need to respect their parents. Evidence of this respect is what we call “first-time obedience”. Yes, it is possible and parents should expect it of their children.



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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
453 Ratings

453 Ratings

S_K.pitt ,

LOVE

This podcast has helped me gain confidence as a parent, especially as a Catholic Christian. I love discussing the episodes with my husband, and live our marriage with more purpose. Thank you so much!

HMF5280 ,

Encouraging and motivating!

I’ve been listening to this podcast for over five years. As a very busy mom I don’t have time to keep up with many podcasts, but this is the one I squeeze in no matter what. The tips, advice, guidance, and challenges from a couple with many years of experience from “the trenches” of raising a family had been so uplifting and helpful. Listening to them I am constantly reminded that it is possible to raise good, faithful, respectful children and strengthen my marriage and relationship with God even when everything seems to be against us. Thank you for your dedication!

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Good Kind Christian Advice

I would highly recommend the Messy Family Podcast. The couple is kind and full of good Christian advice on family life!😻

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