Author: Jon Acuff

Unexpected Parenting Lessons from the NCAA Championship Game

National sporting events are always jam packed with good parenting lessons. From the need to focus on your goal to what can be accomplished when you have discipline, there’s something special about seeing athletes excel. Sometimes though, the lessons are rather unexpected. Case in point, the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. There were certainly a thousand storylines during the game, but there was one that stuck out after. A Villanova player named Donte DiVincenzo was named the most outstanding player of the Final Four. It was a deserving honor, and he certainly earned it with his play. The next...

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5 Quick Tips for a Great Spring Break

It’s that time of year again. Spring Break! And although your Spring Break vacations might be different now that you’re a parent, you still want them to be great. Knowing that, we put together five quick tips to make sure you have an awesome one. 1. Don’t compare. Some family in your town is going to Switzerland or Hawaii or Mars with Elon Musk. That’s great for them, but make sure your family doesn’t get stuck in the downward spiral of comparison. Enjoy what you’re doing, whether that’s a trip to a local beach or a staycation. It’s not...

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In Defense of Anger

This one isn’t easy. I’m going to come right out and say that. Some of my other blog posts are way easier to write. This one is a bit of a challenge though because it means confronting some long-held beliefs. I’ll just jump into it. I think we parents need to do a better job of teaching our kids how to be angry. I wanted to write, “We need to do a better job eliminating anger” or “We need to raise more peaceful kids,” but I think other people have already written about that. I think a lot of...

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The Problem With Time

I could write one thousand articles about parent guilt. The topic is wide and ever present in the minds of most parents. It’s the underlying dread that maybe you’re not a good enough parent. Maybe other parents have it together and you don’t. Maybe we’ve all got it figured out and you’re the only one with doubts and fears. I could write a book about not measuring up. I could give a thousand speeches about not comparing yourself to other parents online. But instead, since you’re busy, let me just do one thing today. Let me tell you one...

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Practicing the Little Things

As parents, we all want our kids to develop good habits. We hope they will do difficult things, learn perseverance and speak the truth. We have a list of a thousand things we hope for them, but how to we help them build those habits? What does that process look like? I think that instead of finding monumental experiences like the ones we see in the movies, we should seek out small ways to practice good habits. Life is lived in the everyday and I promise, every day holds a chance to teach your kids something important. Life is...

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