Author: Jon Acuff

The Importance of Clarity

A year ago, we moved to a new house in the center of our neighborhood. Located on one of the main roads, it’s a perfect spot to watch the world go by. In addition to offering dozens of opportunities to connect with neighbors, it’s also a really interesting place to learn about the importance of clarity. Our house is near the neighborhood pool, which means we get to see kids ride their bikes as they head for a summer swim. A few weeks ago, I realized something about the gangs of riders that were passing my house. Most of...

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Honesty: A Big Thing That’s Built In Small Ways

Restaurants are one of the greatest places to teach your kids honesty. Amusement parks are good, too. A movie theater will work in a pinch as well. How? What do those three things have in common? Age restrictions. Restaurant menus, amusement parks, and movie theaters are all places that will give you a discount if your child is a certain age. The kid’s menu is always cheaper than the adult menu. A toddler price is usually cheaper than an adult ticket to a theme park, and movies are less expensive for kids, too. What’s interesting about those restrictions is...

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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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