MP 018 : Games

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 play games with our family, the types of games to play, and some obstacles we have encountered with our kids.

What are your top three family games when you were growing up or now?

MP 017 : Listener Questions

“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 to take some time to answer some of the insightful questions we have gotten from all of you out there, so this is a very eclectic podcast! Some of the topics we cover include: sleeping situations, dealing with kids who don’t want to ask forgiveness, reading suggestions for newly married couples, family routines, and more. Thank you for all who sent in questions – keep them coming so we can address them in future podcasts!

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MP 016 : Technology and Kids

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 people, this is not the route that we have chosen. The reality is that these things are here to stay, and as parents we need to prepare our children to become responsible adults who can function in this world with self-control and discernment. There is no easy answer, but we can offer some encouragement and perspective!

MP 015 : Love Languages

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 called The Five Love Languages and it is a great way to figure out how to speak in the way that our family can understand our love.

 

MP 014 : Chores

“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 are chores valuable? More importantly, how can we get our kids to do them?

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MP 013 : Submission in Marriage

“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 husbands and wives, but in understanding how we can image God to each other. We have found that often this passage is misinterpreted and misunderstood. After years of thinking about this and living it out in our marriage we offer a different perspective in this podcast. The heart of what we talk about is how God wants to love each husband and each wife through their spouse. Marital love is a powerful thing because God wants to use it to show us His powerful awesome love. Listen in as we offer our perspective on this compelling passage of God’s word.

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MP 012 : Passing on the Faith

“…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 about Him- what is the point? In this podcast, Mike and Alicia interview Alicia’s parents, John and Michele Doman who are the parents of 10 and grandparents to over 40 young Catholics! Amazingly, and by God’s grace, all of the Doman children are living lives as dynamic Catholics – married and in the priesthood. John and Michele discuss their own faith journey and how they guided their children into a relationship with Christ over the years. There is much wisdom in their words, as well as humor and honesty. What a wonderful resource to hear from a couple so in love with the Lord and with such great experience!

Two Week Break

In light of Holy Week as well as other commitments, we are taking a two week break.  We will start up again with our next podcast following Easter.  Sorry for the inconvenience. I pray this continues to be a fruitful Lent and the best celebration of the Triduum.  Enjoy this sacred and special time with your family. Here are two sites that have been an inspiration to us this Lent:  #ShareJesus and Fr. Robert Barron’s Lenten Reflections.

Look for our next two podcasts which will be very exciting. We are going to interview Alicia’s parents, John and Michele Doman who successfully raised 10 dynamic Catholics who are out there serving the church in the priesthood, medical field, education, elder care, business, and more all while raising their own families of faithful Catholics. They have much wisdom to share. We are also going to talk about Ephesians 5 and the concept of wives “submitting” to their husbands. I’m sure you will all find this quite interesting!

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MP 011 : Family Meals

 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 successful. It’s a simple thing, but why doesn’t every family have dinner together? In this podcast we discuss why family dinners are an important part of our parenting, why they can be challenging, and some ideas to make your mealtime even better than it is now! Listen in and join the conversation.

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