Author: Jon Acuff

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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3 Ways to Help Your Kids with Peer Pressure

“If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?” My mom, and most likely every mom ever, used to say this to me when I was young. She wasn’t specifically worried about me jumping off a bridge. That wasn’t a popular thing to do in our town. Instead, she was using an extreme example to make a point about peer pressure. Just because everyone else does something, doesn’t mean you should. She was right, but peer pressure is more complicated than that. It would be easy if all you had to do was tell random groups of people,...

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Love vs. Like – the Dilemma of Social Media

At what age do you start caring about likes? It’s younger than you think. My daughter was 8 the first time she asked me about them. I had posted a photo of her on Instagram. The next morning she came downstairs and immediately said, “Dad, how many likes did that photo of me get?” In our culture, that’s a fairly normal question to ask, but it really shouldn’t be. Measuring your likes via the opinions of strangers is a new thing. No one in the 1980s did this. Authors in the 1980s did not worry about Amazon reviews. Restaurants...

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