Author: Jon Acuff

Be as Brave as Your Kid

One night, while driving home from youth group, my oldest daughter came up with an idea. “Dad, tomorrow, I’m going to ask my English teacher if I can use her coffee pod machine.” As teens are known to do, L.E. has developed a taste for coffee. Apparently, getting up at 5:45 AM for middle school takes its toll on even the kids. What she said next caught me off guard. “It’s a definite ‘no’ if I don’t try.” What a perfect way to look at the things we’re afraid to attempt. She knows that if she never asks, the answer...

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The First Social Media Challenge Your Kid Will Face

The news is often full of terrible stories about horrible things that happened to kids because of social media. These things do happen and there’s a long list of them to keep in mind as your kids navigate this digital world. The reality though is that more than likely, your kid will face one particular challenge before any others. Want to know what it is? Someone is going to block them on Instagram. Or, someone won’t follow them on Instagram. Those are similar issues, although blocking feels more deliberate. When you were a teenager, a person who didn’t like...

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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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