Parenting Practicals

The “Growing Up Weekend”

We have ten children. Five of them have brought us through the turbulent, confusing, emotional time of transition between childhood and adulthood, and so far we have all survived, though we have had our moments of doubt.

We thought we had it all together when our kids were under 12. Then, within three months of his 8th-grade year, our oldest son started dating a girl without telling us, got a black eye from a guy he had a disagreement with, and drove our car onto the lawn and knocked down our fence (the only casualty was the fence, thank God!). We panicked! It was like we didn’t even know how to parent any more. And we thought getting babies to sleep through the night was hard!

Though we felt completely inadequate, we knew that it is at this stage of burgeoning independence that our son needed our guidance more than ever….

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About the Author

Michael and Alicia Hernon

Michael and Alicia Hernon live in Steubenville, OH with their 10 children. Mike is the Vice President of Advancement for Franciscan University and the host of EWTN’s show “Franciscan University Presents”. Before working for Franciscan, Mike worked in the world of politics for 10 years on the local, state, and national level. In addition to being a mom, Alicia has taught music for the past 20 years to young children and currently she leads the board of Mary Seat of Wisdom Classical Community, which offers support and resources for homeschooling families. Their children range in age from 21 to 4 years old and are in a variety of educational settings. The core of their philosophy of parenting is that this is a road to holiness for parents- its not about having perfect kids! Parenting is a great adventure and the hardest job you will ever love.