Author: Jon Acuff

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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The Beauty of Simplification

One of the leading causes of “mom guilt” is thinking that you can get it all done. Instead of setting reasonable expectations, society often puts pressure on moms to be perfect. You just have to work full time, make amazing organic meals for your family, raise talented children and have a wonderful marriage. You also have to stay in shape, dress perfectly and keep a clean house. No problem. Only it is. Moms across the country feel shame when they’re unable to get it all done. Well, I have some news. You can’t get it all done. In fact,...

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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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