Author: Jon Acuff

Four Questions Every Parent Should Ask About Social Media

Want to know how to engage with your kids about the subject of social media? I have two words for you, “Be curious.” Want to know how to do that? My approach is simple and so short it’s smaller than a tweet: “Read less minds, ask more questions.” So often as parents, we put tremendous pressure on ourselves to guess what our kids are up to. Like CSI detectives we take clues from their lives and try to piece together what we think is really going on in their tiny little heads and hearts. Instead of investigation though, let’s...

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Redefining Social Media

If you ever want to sound old when it comes to discussing technology, just add the word “the” before you say the name of it. Watch, I’ll show you: I like to watch my soaps on “the television.” My kids are on “the Facebook.” I like “the Twitter.” Even as I typed those three examples, I felt old fashioned, like I was blogging from within a Cracker Barrel. (The popular restaurant chain, not the barrels in which we all keep our crackers.) I don’t do that though. I don’t add the word “the.” I’m hip and relevant and young...

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How to Slow Down Childhood

The minute you have a kid, a chorus of people will come around you and proclaim, “They grow up so fast! They grow up so fast!” Before you have even left the maternity ward or adoption agency with your child, you will feel the great pressure of time bearing down upon you. One night, my then 6-year-old gave me a hug. She said, “Close your eyes and then open them. I’ll be married then.” Even she understood that before you knew it, she’d be grown and gone and . . . ahhhhhh, it’s all happening too quickly! I’ve tried a...

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An Open Letter To The Future Therapist of My Children

Dear therapist who will one day be counseling my children, There are two things I need to say right out of the gate: 1. I tried my best. 2. I hope you have a sound machine. The second point is more of a personal preference rather than a revelation. Having gone to counseling myself, I appreciate when a therapist has some sort of sound machine that makes you feel like you’re at the beach. Gentle electronic waves lapping against the shore tend to help you forget you’re actually in a strip mall off the highway, wedged between the Dollar...

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Why Kids Crash on Social Media (And What To Do About It)

Long before I got my driver’s license, my parents taught me about driving. Before pulling out in front of someone they’d say, “You can’t always trust that a blinker means someone is really going to turn.” When crossing traffic, they’d point out places I needed to focus. On the highway, they’d extol the merits of only passing in the left lane instead of the right. What’s interesting is that my education started years before I would ever sit behind the wheel. Why did they teach me in advance? Because it’d be dumb to never teach me about using a...

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