This is a blog. A cue. A prompt.

It’s not an encyclopedia on everything you need to know. It’s not an exhaustive training course to make sure your kids “turn out”. It’s not a counseling hotline you can call when you have a help-I-can’t-believe-my-child-just . . .- crisis. This blog is a cue. It’s a prompt. Because really, we know you’re already incredibly busy doing all the things you should do to invest in your kids and to help them on their way to adulthood—and hopefully out of your house. But just because you are really busy doing great things doesn’t mean it’s easy to stay focused on what’s important. That’s where we come in. We want to make it easy for you to remember what’s important.

If you’re like us, and most of the parents we know . . .

You probably aren’t looking for more information, you want better information. You aren’t hoping for more responsibility, you want deeper relationships You don’t need more activities, you want your activity to matter more.

Our goal is . . .

To remind you why what you do is so important. To help you focus on what matters most. To discover parenting along with you, so you know you’re not in this alone. Not all at once. Just little by little.

Week by week.

We want to cue you so you can make the most of the weeks you have with your kids.

Why we love the color ORANGE:

No, we are not avid Tennessee Football fans, but we love the color Orange. This has more to do with something you learned in kindergarten: Orange is what you get when you combine red with yellow. When you paint with red, you get only what red can do. When you paint with yellow, you get what only yellow can do. When you paint with orange, you get new possibilities and vibrant outcomes. We want parents to know that when they connect to a wider community, they have a greater impact in the life of a child than they could ever have alone.

Get to know the authors . . .

Reggie Joiner Headshot_bw 2013Reggie Joiner

Reggie is founder and CEO of Orange, a nonprofit organization providing resources and training to help churches maximize their influence on the spiritual growth of the next generation. He has co-written two parenting books, Playing for Keeps and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity as well as other leadership books including Lead Small Culture and Think Orange. Reggie lives in Cumming, GA with his wife, Debbie, and has four grown children, Reggie Paul, Hannah, Sarah and Rebekah. Reggie enjoys long motorcycle rides to discover new places, taking pictures that capture a story, and touring around the country connecting with leaders and sharing his passion about Orange. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Jon_Acuff_BW_240Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of five books. His latest, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work & Never Get Stuck focuses on building a long-lasting career by investing in a “Career Savings Account.” Read his blog at Acuff.me and follow him on Twitter, @JonAcuff.

Kristen Ivy
Kristen Ivy

Kristen is the Director of Messaging at Orange. She has a Master of Divinity and is co-author of It’s Just A Phase – So Don’t Miss It, Zero to OnePlaying for Keeps, and Creating a Lead Small Culture. Kristen has worked with kids in all capacities, including as a high school teacher, a small group leader, and has three kids of her own, Sawyer, Hensley and Raleigh. She and her husband, Matt, live with their kids in Cumming, GA. Read more from Kristen on Twitter, @Kristen_Ivy.

Our contributors are just as interesting . . .

We feel privileged to have other parents contributing to our blog on a regular basis. You will learn more about them as they post articles.