Messy Parenting: Catholic conversations on marriage and family

By Mike and Alicia Hernon : Catholic Marriage Parent and Family

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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. Visit us at <a href="http://www.messyparenting.org"> MessyParenting.org</a> for links and show notes.

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MP 093 : Leisure, Life, and Games We Love
52:13
<p>“…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 ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-093-leisure-life-and-games-we-love/">MP 093 : Leisure, Life, and Games We Love</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jul 26, 2018
MP 092 : High Powered Parents
52:05
<p>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 ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-092-high-powered-parents/">MP 092 : High Powered Parents</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jun 20, 2018
MP 091 : King of the Home
48:31
<p>“Sanctify the family and you will sanctify the world.” 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 ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-091-king-home/">MP 091 : King of the Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
May 30, 2018
MP 090 : Teaching Your Children Self Control
49:01
<p>“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 ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-090-teaching-children-self-control/">MP 090 : Teaching Your Children Self Control</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
May 16, 2018
MP 089 : 7 Ways to Spice Up Your Marriage
48:34
<p>“The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference” ~Elie Wiesel Have you ever felt distant from your spouse? Living like married singles in the same house? or maybe just some dryness in your marriage? Every marriage goes through cycles of romance and then disillusionment which can lead to true joy. But without intentional decisions and actions, marriages can ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-089-7-ways-spice-marriage/">MP 089 : 7 Ways to Spice Up Your Marriage</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Apr 28, 2018
MP 088 : Questions on Friendships, Godparents, and Special Needs Kids
49:26
<p>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 ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-088-questions-friendships-godparents-special-needs-kids/">MP 088 : Questions on Friendships, Godparents, and Special Needs Kids</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Apr 16, 2018
MP 087: Fathers be good to your daughters
55:58
<p>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 ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-087-fathers-good-daughters/">MP 087: Fathers be good to your daughters</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Mar 29, 2018
MP 086 : Navigating Family Relationships when Values Clash
43:16
<p>“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 ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-086-navigating-family-relationships-values-clash/">MP 086 : Navigating Family Relationships when Values Clash</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Mar 14, 2018
MP 085 : We didn’t lose a son, we gained a daughter
50:30
<p>Our family is a circle of strength and love. Every joy shared adds love, every crisis faced makes the circle stronger. With every birth and every marriage, the circle grows. 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, ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-085-didnt-lose-son-gained-daughter/">MP 085 : We didn’t lose a son, we gained a daughter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Mar 01, 2018
MP 084 : Screens and Your Child
53:43
<p>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 ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-084-screens-child/">MP 084 : Screens and Your Child</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Feb 19, 2018
MP 083 : Decisions, decisions, but what does God want?
52:20
<p>“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. ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-083-decisions-decisions-but-what-does-god-want/">MP 083 : Decisions, decisions, but what does God want?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jan 22, 2018
MP 082 : What can you give this Christmas?
18:30
<p>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, ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-082-can-give-christmas/">MP 082 : What can you give this Christmas?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Dec 18, 2017
MP 081 : Advent – Making the Word of God Flesh in Your Home
20:38
<p>Make Advent a time to renew your family’s faith life with scripture. This the audio version 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 ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-081-advent-making-the-word-of-god-flesh-in-your-home/">MP 081 : Advent – Making the Word of God Flesh in Your Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Dec 03, 2017
MP 080 : Making Room for Jesus
52:53
<p>“Seven days without prayer makes one weak.” 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 ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-080-making-room-for-jesus/">MP 080 : Making Room for Jesus</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Nov 27, 2017
MP 079 : The Irreplaceable Role of Parents
52:14
<p>“A child will have many friends and companions in their lives, but they will only ever have two parents.” ~Mike and Alicia The role of parents in the lives of their children cannot be underestimated. Of course we have a natural role – we are to protect and provide for our offspring- but we sometimes forget that we have an ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-079-the-irreplaceable-role-of-parents/">MP 079 : The Irreplaceable Role of Parents</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Nov 14, 2017
MP 078 : Raising Resilient Kids
53:35
<p>“Life is pain, your highness. And anyone who tells you differently is selling something.” – The Princess Bride Children today are less able to deal with failure, rejection, and pain than ever before. As parents, we hate to see our children suffer, but how do we prepare them for real life? How do we help to make them strong, but ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-078-raising-resilient-kids/">MP 078 : Raising Resilient Kids</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Oct 31, 2017
MP 077 : Preparing to Launch
50:53
<p>“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 to them, the consequences we provide, the teaching we give when they are teens (or even younger) will affect how ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-077-preparing-to-launch/">MP 077 : Preparing to Launch</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Oct 16, 2017
MP 076 : Anger in Parenting
55:00
<p>“Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one” ~ Benjamin Franklin We thought we were really nice people before we had kids. Our children can sometimes trigger anger in us that we didn’t even realize was there and we can even surprise ourselves with its violence. To overcome unrighteous anger, we need to understand why we ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-076-anger-in-parenting/">MP 076 : Anger in Parenting</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Sep 25, 2017
MP 075 : Godparenting
41:10
<p>“For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parents’ help is important. So too is the role of the godfather and godmother, who must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized on the road of Christian life.” CCC1255 Our world presents images of cartoon fairy godmothers and mob boss godfathers, but in actuality, being a godparent ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-075-godparenting/">MP 075 : Godparenting</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Sep 07, 2017
MP 074 : Busy-ness
46:39
<p>“If the devil cannot make us bad, he will make us busy.” ~ Corrie TenBoom If we are too busy to pray, to eat with our family, to play with our kids, then we are too busy. When we look at our family’s schedule we need to make sure that we have the “big rocks” in place. We need to ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-074-busy-ness/">MP 074 : Busy-ness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Aug 11, 2017
MP 073 : Reaching Out – Evangelizing as a Family
51:19
<p>The future of evangelization depends in great part on the Church of the home ~ St. John Paul the Great Every Catholic is called to evangelize. No matter where you are in life, we are to spreading the gospel of Christ in all we do. Does that mean that we need to carry a bible in the diaper bag and ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-073-reaching-out-evangelizing-as-a-family/">MP 073 : Reaching Out – Evangelizing as a Family</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jul 18, 2017
MP 072 : Chastity – its not just for teenagers
52:12
<p>“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 Holy Spirit and a virtue that frees us to love others for who they are, not for what they do ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-072-chastity-its-not-just-for-teenagers/">MP 072 : Chastity – its not just for teenagers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jun 26, 2017
MP 071 : Enjoying your Toddler
47:29
<p>“You can learn many things from toddlers, for example, how much patience you really have” ~Anonymous One blessing of having 10 kids is that we have matured and learned enough about kids to appreciate the toddler years of children #9 and 10 much more than those years with children #1 and 2. Our advice to parents of toddlers is to ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-071-enjoying-your-toddler/">MP 071 : Enjoying your Toddler</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jun 13, 2017
MP 070 : Where do priests come from?
52:12
<p>“It is in the family that young people have their first experience of Gospel values and of the love which gives itself to God and to others.” ~ St. John Paul the Great As Catholic families, we want our children to be open to the call to priesthood or religious life, but how do we do that in a practical ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-070-where-do-priests-come-from/">MP 070 : Where do priests come from?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
May 09, 2017
MP 069 : Food, Family, and Faith
45:00
<p>“Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” ~Ben Franklin God could have made food boring, dull, and simply to sustain us. But He didn’t. He made food good! Added with human creativity and work, food becomes a sign of love to our families. Parents work to buy food, prepare food, and serve ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-069-food-family-and-faith/">MP 069 : Food, Family, and Faith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Apr 26, 2017
MP 068 : What does it take to get married
51:56
<p>“More than ever necessary in our times is preparation of young people for marriage and family life.” – St. John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio Preparing for a wedding can be a whirl of appointments, deposits, planning, decision-making, “Pintresting”, and, sometimes, drama. But the wedding is just a day, marriage is a life time. Preparing for marriage is a very serious ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-068-what-does-it-take-to-get-married/">MP 068 : What does it take to get married</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Apr 06, 2017
MP 067 : Evangelizing Your Kids
54:47
<p>“The future of evangelization depends in great part on the Church of the home [the family].” – St. John Paul II The deepest desire for many of us as parents is to pass on the faith to our children. According to many statistics upwards of two-thirds of young people are leaving the faith. so its obvious that most parents are ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-67-evangelizing-your-kids/">MP 067 : Evangelizing Your Kids</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Mar 15, 2017
MP 066 : Keeping Your Love Alive
57:03
<p>“Once you’re a parent, your relationship matters more, not less, because now other people are counting on you.” ~ TheDatingDivas.com Marriage is under attack, but many times the attack is not direct and aggressive. Instead, it is slow and subtle – couples simply drift apart. How do we keep this from happening in our marriages? In this podcast we give ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-066-keeping-your-love-alive/">MP 066 : Keeping Your Love Alive</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Mar 02, 2017
MP 065 : Discipling and Disciplining Our Teenagers – Part 2
44:23
<p>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 teenagers. This is an important time of transition for them, and it is a time of transition for parents as ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-065-discipling-and-disciplining-our-teenagers-part-2/">MP 065 : Discipling and Disciplining Our Teenagers – Part 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Feb 14, 2017
MP 064 : Discipling and Disciplining Our Teenagers – Part 1
41:42
<p>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. James Dobson There are few tasks in parenting that can be as rewarding but also as challenging as disciplining sons ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-064-discipling-and-disciplining-our-teenagers-pt-1/">MP 064 : Discipling and Disciplining Our Teenagers – Part 1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Feb 07, 2017
MP 063 : Fr. Mike Scanlan, our spiritual father
41:17
<p>“Father Mike Scanlan was a priest of the New Evangelization before there was a New Evangelization,” ~ George Weigel Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, impacted many lives with the saving message of Jesus Christ. He was a friar, priest, preacher, teacher, healer, president, but to us he was our spiritual father. In this podcast we take some time to reflect on ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-063-fr-mike-scanlan-our-spiritual-father/">MP 063 : Fr. Mike Scanlan, our spiritual father</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jan 18, 2017
MP 062 : Family History
43:28
<p>“Human beings look separate because you see them walking about separately. But then we are so made that we can see only the present moment. If we could see the past, then of course it would look different. For there was a time when every man was part of his mother, and (earlier still) part of his father as well, ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-062-family-history/">MP 062 : Family History</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jan 05, 2017
MP 061 : Listener Questions Answered
45:53
<p>“In children we have a great charge committed to us. Let us bestow great care upon them…Form the soul of thy son aright, and all the rest will be added hereafter.” —St. John Chrysostom We are so grateful for all the people who have emailed us encouraging words and stories of how these podcasts have touched their lives. We are ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-061-listener-questions-answered/">MP 061 : Listener Questions Answered</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Dec 14, 2016
MP 060 : Forgiveness
46:35
<p>“Harboring unforgiveness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die” Unforgiveness destroys marriages, relationships, families, and communities, but forgiveness is the most powerful weapon we have as Christians. When we forgive, with the grace of God, we are free from the power that any person and their actions have over us. Sometimes forgiveness seems impossible, and ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-060-forgiveness/">MP 060 : Forgiveness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Dec 05, 2016
MP 059 : Prepare the Way of the Lord
45:56
<p>The birth of Jesus brings us the good news that we are loved immensely and uniquely by God – Pope Francis The Advent season is more than just a countdown to Christmas. It is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ –  His coming at Christmas and His second coming. The Church gives us many beautiful traditions to ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-059-prepare-the-way-of-the-lord/">MP 059 : Prepare the Way of the Lord</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Nov 20, 2016
MP 058 : Becoming a Parent
47:41
<p>“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. People will tell you that no one can describe what its like to be a parent and they are right! Parenthood is something that has to be experienced because you ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-058-becoming-a-parent/">MP 058 : Becoming a Parent</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Oct 31, 2016
MP 057 : A Messy Parenting Election Guide
47:42
<p>Warning! Political Talk Ahead! “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” ~ Edmund Burke This election is a difficult one for many reasons. What is a good Catholic to do? Over the years, Mike has been involved in politics on the local, state, and federal level. He has had time to think ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-057-a-messy-parenting-election-guide/">MP 057 : A Messy Parenting Election Guide</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Oct 17, 2016
MP 056 : To Tithe or Not to Tithe
45:33
<p>…do good, be rich in good deeds, and be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:18-19 Where we spend our money is a very personal decision. The fruits ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-056-to-tithe-or-not-to-tithe/">MP 056 : To Tithe or Not to Tithe</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Oct 06, 2016
MP 055 : Overwhelmed
39:46
<p>I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle; I just wish He didn’t trust me so much. The common answer when people ask “How are you doing?” is often, “I am so busy!” Sometimes being busy is good, but when you feel as if you are riding the crest of a wave, but you trip and the wave ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-055-overwhelmed/">MP 055 : Overwhelmed</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Sep 26, 2016
MP 054 : Vulnerability in Marriage
43:56
<p>“To love is to be vulnerable.” – C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves Many cry that marriage is under attack, but often the attack is actually more like a cancer that creeps into our relationship with the person that we should feel totally safe with – our spouse. For our marriages to grow, we need to reveal ourselves to the other ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-054-vulnerability-in-marriage/">MP 054 : Vulnerability in Marriage</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jul 28, 2016
MP 053 : Teaching Respect for Authority
41:03
<p>Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. – Romans 13:1 Every day it seems like we hear of another act of violence by police or against police. Where is the respect for authority in our culture? How can we ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-053-teaching-respect-for-authority/">MP 053 : Teaching Respect for Authority</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jul 21, 2016
MP 052: YES, Your Kids CAN be Best Friends
46:13
<p>I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people brothers or sisters. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood or brotherhood is a condition people have to work at. – Maya Angelou Growing up all we remember was fighting with our siblings. Now, they are our best friends, an integral part of our identity. Creating an environment ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-052-yes-your-kids-can-be-best-friends/">MP 052: YES, Your Kids CAN be Best Friends</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jun 07, 2016
MP 051 : Worrying is Against My Religion
41:24
<p>“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:26-27 Parents worry about so many things. When you have kids its ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-051-worrying-is-against-my-religion/">MP 051 : Worrying is Against My Religion</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
May 25, 2016
MP 050 : The Hidden Cross of Infertility
47:08
<p>“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer Our faith celebrates and values children and openness to life, so having one child or no children can be particularly painful for Catholic couples who long for a big family. ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-050-the-hidden-cross-of-infertility/">MP 050 : The Hidden Cross of Infertility</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
May 05, 2016
MP 049 : Different Strokes for Different Folks
46:39
<p>Every single person has a different perspective when looking at the same thing. How many times in our marriage do we come into conflict with our spouse over things that are not moral issues, just differences in opinion? It happens pretty often especially when you are first starting out and beginning your family. In this podcast we help you to ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-049-different-strokes-for-different-folks/">MP 049 : Different Strokes for Different Folks</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Apr 20, 2016
MP 048 : Age Appropriateness
49:26
<p>You can’t put your head in the sand. If you don’t bring up tough issues with your child, they are going to encounter them, but from the perspective of someone else. When do you bring up sticky issues with your kids? It’s so hard to know when and if you should discuss things like terrorism, abortion, or where babies come ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-048-age-appropriateness/">MP 048 : Age Appropriateness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Apr 06, 2016
MP 047 : Building Community
46:19
<p>Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don’t need a lot of money to be happy – in fact, the opposite. ~ Jean Vanier (Founder of L’Arche) Relationships are a complicated thing, but somehow we can’t live without them. ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-047-building-community/">MP 047 : Building Community</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Mar 28, 2016
MP 046 : Every Mother is a Working Mother
46:46
<p>Being a working mom is not easy – you have to be willing to screw up at every level. ~Jami Gertz The phrase “working mother” is redundant. First, let’s be clear – deciding if mom should work outside the home is not a moral issue. It is a personal decision made by couples in light of their priorities. In this ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-046-every-mother-is-a-working-mother/">MP 046 : Every Mother is a Working Mother</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Mar 10, 2016
MP 045 : The Aggressive Child
51:49
<p>“The Lord gave me this challenging child for a purpose. He wants me to mold and shape this youngster and prepare him or her for a life of service to Him.” ― James C. Dobson This episode is really meant for parents of little kids. Kids who push other kids because they actually like them, but don’t know how to ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-045-the-aggressive-child/">MP 045 : The Aggressive Child</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Feb 23, 2016
MP 044 : Criticizing Your Husband
41:08
<p>Disrespect rarely motivates a man. When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person it merely says something about our own need to be critical. Which statement to you agree with more – “I don’t know how I could live without him”, or “I don’t know how he could live without me”? Do we treat our ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-043-criticizing-your-husband/">MP 044 : Criticizing Your Husband</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Feb 09, 2016
MP 043 : Raising confident kids who aren’t full of themselves
44:40
<p>“I have this problem with low self-esteem, which is really ridiculous when you consider how amazing I am.” ~ the modern child Raising confident children is the obsession of many parents today. Cries of “Good job!” “You can do it!” “You are awesome!” can be heard in playgrounds, sporting events, and auditoriums all over the country. Is this really how ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-043-raising-confident-kids-who-arent-full-of-themselves/">MP 043 : Raising confident kids who aren’t full of themselves</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Feb 03, 2016
MP 042 : Family Routine
43:24
<p>‘Spend’ your time on paper before you ‘spend’ it in reality “How do you do it?” People ask us this question all the time, so we finally decided to answer it, at least in part. In this podcast, we share why a routine is important and why families should budget their time, just as they budget their money. How do ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-042-family-routine/">MP 042 : Family Routine</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jan 25, 2016
MP 041 : Our Messy Wedding Story
48:05
<p>…I promise to be true to you in good times and bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life. ~ wedding vows A wedding is a day, a marriage is a lifetime ~ Engaged Encounter slogan Our wedding was a day to remember for many reasons. First of all, ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-041-our-messy-wedding-story/">MP 041 : Our Messy Wedding Story</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jan 17, 2016
MP 040 : Introducing our children to the Blessed Mother
40:36
<p>“Am I not here, I, who am your mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you, disturb you.” ~Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego The ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-040-introducing-our-children-to-the-blessed-mother/">MP 040 : Introducing our children to the Blessed Mother</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jan 04, 2016
MP 039 : Family Board Meeting
46:06
<p>Do or do not… there is no try. – Yoda Failing to plan is planning to fail. – Ben Franklin Your family is your own little corporation and you are president of the board. Well, maybe not exactly, but you and your spouse are the partners in running your home, and how can you do that effectively without a plan? ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-039-family-board-meeting/">MP 039 : Family Board Meeting</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Dec 15, 2015
MP 038 : Music in the Home
39:12
<p>“Musical nourishment which is ‘rich in vitamins’ is essential for children.” ~Zoltan Kodaly, music educator Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. ~Plato Music is a powerful tool, a vehicle for ideas, emotions, and stimulation that is absolutely unique. As ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-038-music-in-the-home/">MP 038 : Music in the Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Dec 06, 2015
MP 037 : The Courage to Correct
35:12
<p>“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. “ – Matt 18: 15 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” – 2 Cor 12:9 As a married person, we have a duty, a solemn ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-037-the-courage-to-correct/">MP 037 : The Courage to Correct</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Nov 23, 2015
MP 036 : Holidays with In-laws and Out-laws
35:13
<p>“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” – Garrison Keillor “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 Thanksgiving and Christmas are times of great joy and celebration, but can also be times of unprecedented stress and conflict. Buying gifts, traveling ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-036-holidays-with-in-laws-and-out-laws/">MP 036 : Holidays with In-laws and Out-laws</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Nov 15, 2015
MP 035 : Natural Family Planning in a GMO world
52:30
<p>“With great power comes great responsibility” ~ Ben Parker (Spiderman’s Uncle) As Catholics, we have a great blessing in the clarity and beauty of the Church’s teaching on contraception. Using the natural rhythms of a woman’s cycle to regulate birth is a way that couples use the reason of science as they are informed by the light of Faith. NFP ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-035-natural-family-planning-in-a-gmo-world/">MP 035 : Natural Family Planning in a GMO world</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Nov 09, 2015
MP 034 : Challenges of Being a Millennial Parent
44:27
<p>You might be a millennial parent if you… have more pictures of your kids than you do of yourself on social media, feed your kids only organic food, regularly ask the internet for parenting advice, have a tattoo or piercing, or… The generation born between 1980-2000 has a particular way of parenting that is unique. Recently TIME magazine ran an ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-034-challenges-of-being-a-millennial-parent/">MP 034 : Challenges of Being a Millennial Parent</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Oct 25, 2015
MP 033 : Educational choices; how do you know what’s best for your child
47:28
<p>“…parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it.” ~ Familiaris Consortio #36 Making educational choices for our children is a task that is daunting and stressful for most parents. How do parents know what will be best for ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-033-educational-choices-how-do-you-know-whats-best-for-your-child/">MP 033 : Educational choices; how do you know what’s best for your child</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Oct 18, 2015
MP 032 : You can’t “Be anything you want to be” – Kids and Activities
40:58
<p>“What I do, you cannot.  What you do, I cannot.  But together we can make something beautiful for God” ~ Blessed Mother Teresa In our culture today, kids have so many options for activities that it can be overwhelming!  How do you balance family life with sports, theater, groups, and community events especially when you have many children?  Exposure to ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-032-you-cant-be-anything-you-want-to-be-kids-and-activities/">MP 032 : You can’t “Be anything you want to be” – Kids and Activities</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Oct 12, 2015
MP 031 : Family Pilgrimages
30:17
<p>To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves to encounter God where He has revealed Himself, where His grace has shone with particular splendor, and produced rich fruits of conversion and holiness ~ Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI We as Catholics are incarnational people – part of the richness of being Catholic is that we can see and touch ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-031-family-pilgrimages/">MP 031 : Family Pilgrimages</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Oct 06, 2015
MP 030 : Pope Francis, Controversy, and the Family
42:58
<p>“Where there is a family with love, that family is capable of warming the heart of a whole city with its witness of love.” – Pope Francis Our Holy Father has a pastor’s heart, but often his quotes become controversial. He speaks directly to families, those suffering, and to those in power in a frank, honest fashion. With the Holy ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-030-pope-francis-controversy-and-the-family/">MP 030 : Pope Francis, Controversy, and the Family</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Sep 21, 2015
MP 029 : Scripture and the Family
39:02
<p>Pope St. Gregory: Learn the heart of God from the word of God. St. Jerome: Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. How is the Word of God honored in our homes? God is present in His Word; do we truly realize that? As Catholics, we need to surround our children with scripture through stories, prayer, teaching, and song. We ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-029-scripture-and-the-family/">MP 029 : Scripture and the Family</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Sep 13, 2015
MP 028 : Messy Parenting Guide to Dating
50:08
<p>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 psychologists tell you. DO IT. – Dr. Meg Meeker Daughters AND sons need direction and guidance when it comes to ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-028-messy-parenting-guide-to-dating/">MP 028 : Messy Parenting Guide to Dating</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Sep 06, 2015
MP 027 : Date Night
43:44
<p>Your marriage is only as good as the work you put into it. A child-centered marriage is a recipe for disaster. Teach children early that their “happiness” is not Mom or Dad’s reason for living. ~Breathing Grace, Everything I Know About Marriage in 200 Words or Less How often to we take the time to show our spouse that they ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-027-date-night/">MP 027 : Date Night</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Aug 30, 2015
MP 026 : Words Matter
32:10
<p>“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29 The words that are spoken in our home can create an atmosphere of trust, openness and honesty or one of hostility and distrust. We need to banish ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-026-words-matter/">MP 026 : Words Matter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Aug 23, 2015
MP 025 : Creating Order in a Messy World
38:41
<p>“Half of the time I feel like I’m running an insane asylum… the other half of the time I feel like I belong in one. “ There are so many needs pressing on parents, especially moms, all day, every day. How can we prioritize our time and energy to create an orderly life for ourselves and our family? In the ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-025-creating-order-in-a-messy-world/">MP 025 : Creating Order in a Messy World</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Aug 16, 2015
MP 024 : Party On!
28:23
<p>“My name is Rod and I like to party.” – Andy Samburg in Hot Rod To be Catholic is to love to party, because every mass is a party and a foretaste of heaven! Celebrations are an important way to communicate our values to our children and to the world. By investing our time and treasure to gather friends and ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-024-party-on/">MP 024 : Party On!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Aug 10, 2015
MP 023 : Friendship and our kids
36:44
<p>Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. ~George Washington A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter. He who finds one finds a treasure. Sirach 6:14 It doesn’t take a village to raise a child, but the village is certainly an important part of his growth and ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-023-friendship-and-our-kids/">MP 023 : Friendship and our kids</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jul 19, 2015
MP 022 : Dealing with Loss
46:20
<p>“Why did God make you? God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.” – Baltimore Catechism Dealing with the loss of life is difficult for adults and for children. Our generation is more poorly equipped than any other before us to deal ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-022-dealing-with-loss/">MP 022 : Dealing with Loss</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jul 12, 2015
MP 021 : Visiting Family
40:10
<p>Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you. ~ Deut 5:16 “Life is short, family is forever” We all have a family that we have come from, our family of origin, and ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-021-visiting-family/">MP 021 : Visiting Family</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jul 05, 2015
MP 020 : Marriage – Now What?
32:36
<p>The task now for believers is to form our own families even more deeply in the love of God, and to rebuild a healthy marriage culture, one marriage at a time, from the debris of today’s decision. – Archbishop Chaput The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the bans on same sex marriage in many ways was no surprise. The ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-020-marriage-now-what/">MP 020 : Marriage – Now What?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jun 28, 2015
MP 019 : Fatherhood
37:03
<p>“All it requires is that you be a man, a real man, which means a man of courage, perseverance, and integrity. You were made a man for a reason. You were made a man to be strong, long husband and father. So listen to your instincts and do what’s right. Be a hero.” – Dr. Meg Meeker Fatherhood is devalued, ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/221/">MP 019 : Fatherhood</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jun 21, 2015
MP 018 : Games
<p>I love playing with preschoolers. They make me feel so powerful! Family game night is quickly becoming lost in our technological age, but it is an extremely valuable pastime for families with many benefits. Not only can games bring people together, but they also exercise our brains and people skills while having fun! Listen in as we discuss why we ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-018-games/">MP 018 : Games</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jun 07, 2015
MP 017 : Listener Questions
41:49
<p>“There are no such thing as stupid questions – only stupid people” (but not your questions!) All of you out there have helped to make this a lot of fun for us and we love to hear from you! We have gotten lots of encouraging comments from our listeners, but also some really great questions. In this episode we decided ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-017-listener-questions/">MP 017 : Listener Questions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
May 31, 2015
MP 016 : Technology and Kids
37:34
<p>Life was much easier when Apple and Blackberry were just fruits. Changes in technology happen rapidly and kids are usually way ahead of their parents on the newest app, social media, or website. It is hard, or even impossible, for parents to keep up! Some choose to keep their children away from all screens, and though sometimes we envy these ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-016-technology/">MP 016 : Technology and Kids</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
May 24, 2015
MP 015 : Love Languages
39:08
<p>Sometimes we try to love someone in a language they don’t understand. We all know that our mission is to love our spouses and our children, but how do we communicate that love to them? How do we speak so that others can understand what we are saying? Gary Campbell has written a book that we have referred to often ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-015-love-languages/">MP 015 : Love Languages</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
May 10, 2015
MP 014 : Chores
33:28
<p>“The ability of a child to do a chore is inversely proportionate to their desire to do it.” ~said Frustrated Mother Chores are a part of every family’s life, or at least they should be. Sometimes parents find it easier to just do things themselves, but this does not teach responsibility nor the essential life skills every person needs. So why ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-014-chores/">MP 014 : Chores</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Apr 26, 2015
MP 013 : Submission in Marriage
48:42
<p>“Wives be subject to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of his wife, as Christ is the head of the Church, his body and himself his Savior” Eph 5:22 People hear this reading in the pews and start squirming! Why is that? This is an integral passage to understand not only the relationship between ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-013-submission-in-marriage/">MP 013 : Submission in Marriage</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Apr 19, 2015
MP 012 : Passing on the Faith
32:15
<p>“…the happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have the right to enjoy, has a face and a name. It is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist” – Pope Benedict XVI The only way our faith as Catholics makes any sense is when we see our lives as a journey to deepen our relationship with Jesus. If our lives aren’t ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-012-passing-on-the-faith/">MP 012 : Passing on the Faith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Apr 12, 2015
MP 011 : Family Meals
34:25
<p> All great change in America begins at the dinner table. ~Ronald Reagan Those of us who grew up with family dinners and who continue that tradition with our kids may not realize how counter-cultural we are becoming! Having dinner as a family is one thing you can do for your children to help keep them healthy, emotionally stable, and academically ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-011-family-meals/">MP 011 : Family Meals</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Mar 22, 2015
MP 010 : Lying
30:34
<p>Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight. Prov 12:22 One of the trickiest situations to deal with in parenting is when a child is lying.  Do you punish them?  If you do that, won’t they keep lying to avoid punishment in the future?  How do you know they are lying?  What if you think they ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-010-lying/">MP 010 : Lying</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Mar 15, 2015
MP 009 : Arguing in Marriage
34:11
<p>“You get in the biggest fights with those you care about most because those are the relationships worth fighting for” “A happy marriage is a union of two forgivers” – Ruth Bell Graham The only person in the world you will always agree with is yourself. Especially in marriage, people are going to disagree and this can lead to heated ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-009-arguing-in-marriage/">MP 009 : Arguing in Marriage</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Mar 08, 2015
MP 008 : Large Families
33:57
<p>“For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.” – Teddy Roosevelt Being blessed with a large family is something that some couples long for and something that some couples don’t even expect! Having 10 children we have a pretty realistic ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-008-large-families/">MP 008 : Large Families</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Mar 01, 2015
MP 007 : Family Prayer
31:23
<p>“The family that prays together, stays together” Family prayer should be the center of our lives as Catholics, but often parents find it challenging. Praying consistently with our kids is not our strength, so of course that’s why we wanted to address it! You need to find a type of prayer that works for you, and don’t worry about how ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-007-family-prayer/">MP 007 : Family Prayer</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Feb 22, 2015
MP 006 : The Survival Zone
29:44
<p>You want to know what it’s like having a fourth kid? Imagine you are 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 have, but rather how close in age they are. Young families say to us all the time, ”We shouldn’t ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-006-the-survival-zone/">MP 006 : The Survival Zone</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Feb 16, 2015
MP 005 : Preparing your Tween (and yourself!) for Adolescence
34:04
<p>“Do you know why God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac when he was 12? Because if he asked him when he was 14 it wouldn’t have been a sacrifice!” The changes that happens in adolescence – physically, emotionally, mentally – are very similar to the changes that happen during the toddler years. In both stages your child is developing in ...</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-005-preparing-your-tween-and-yourself-for-adolescence/">MP 005 : Preparing your Tween (and yourself!) for Adolescence</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Feb 08, 2015
MP 004 : Toddlers
29:48
<p>“Give me an army of toddlers and I can overtake the world!”-Dr. James Dobson.The toddler years are an amazing time of human development, but this transition from infancy to childhood is challenging for most parents. Join us for encouragement and tips.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-004-toddlers/">MP 004 : Toddlers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Feb 01, 2015
MP 003 : Kids at Mass
25:01
<p>“There goes a future choir member” – said by our pastor as we rushed out of church with our screaming toddler.  Getting kids through mass is a challenge for any Catholic parent.  We can give you alot of empathy and some tips as well.  Listen in!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-003-kids-mass/">MP 003 : Kids at Mass</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jan 25, 2015
MP 002 : When Kids Fight
27:24
<p>“Parents don’t want justice – parents want peace!”  Isn’t that how we all feel sometimes? We do want peace in our homes, but we also want to teach our kids how to handle conflict.  Kids are going to fight. It’s a fact. How do we deal with that?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-002-when-kids-fight/">MP 002 : When Kids Fight</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jan 18, 2015
MP 001 : Parenting as a path to heaven
24:25
<p>This is our first podcast conversation on marriage and family. This is our basic approach to marriage and family; our parenting philosophy and overall approach to family life. What books have you read and what drives your approach to parenting?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org/mp-001-parenting-as-a-path-to-heaven/">MP 001 : Parenting as a path to heaven</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.messyparenting.org">Messy Parenting - Catholic conversations on marriage and family</a>.</p>
Jan 12, 2015