Author: Jon Acuff

My Unexpected Goal as a Dad

When it comes to parenting, it’s easy to think of a few goals for yourself. You want to help your kids find something they are passionate about. You want to give them a healthy self-image. You want to challenge them and encourage them to grow. You hope that they develop their own faith, instead of just parroting your own. You could probably list a dozen off the top of your head, but there’s one unexpected goal I can’t stop thinking about. What is it? I want my kids to find me approachable. It’s easy to approach someone with good...

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How to Successfully Ease Out of Summer and Back to School

The hardest part of the summer ending is pretending you’re not happy about it as a parent. Hiding your joy from kids who get mad at even seeing the back to school products in Target is difficult. Does that mean you haven’t enjoyed the extra time with your kids these last few months? Of course not. It just means you’re excited for the school year to get started again. The hardest part of the summer ending is pretending you’re not happy about it as a parent. Click To Tweet The transition from summer to school can be a difficult...

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5 Rules We Gave Our 13-Year-Old When She Joined Instagram

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I had a whole lot of ideas about raising a teenager in a social media world right up to the moment that I actually had a teenager in a social media world. When my 13-year-old daughter wanted to join Instagram, we didn’t treat it like a casual experience. It was to be her first foray into the world of social media. I knew the potential for fun and the peril for mistakes that using a social media app represented. But I also don’t believe the Internet is an evil devil...

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The Most Important Minutes We Often Miss

Our family has officially entered the wasteland of carpooling. Not familiar with that? Allow me to explain. There comes a time in your child’s life when they’re old enough to have lots of activities but young enough that they can’t drive yet. You, as the parent, find yourself trapped in a never ending cycle of drop off and pick up. You can try your best to pool your efforts with other parents, but that only does so much. And let’s be honest, there’s always at least one parent who doesn’t pull their weight and never shares in the driving. That...

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3 Ways to Make Sure You Don’t Miss Christmas

Christmas is about 7 minutes long when you have kids. One minute it’s Thanksgiving and the next you’re putting away your ornaments. Nothing moves as fast as the holidays and it’s no wonder that so many people find this time of year stressful. How do you make sure you make the most of your Christmas?

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