Author: Jon Acuff

The Problem With Time

I could write one thousand articles about parent guilt. The topic is wide and ever present in the minds of most parents. It’s the underlying dread that maybe you’re not a good enough parent. Maybe other parents have it together and you don’t. Maybe we’ve all got it figured out and you’re the only one with doubts and fears. I could write a book about not measuring up. I could give a thousand speeches about not comparing yourself to other parents online. But instead, since you’re busy, let me just do one thing today. Let me tell you one...

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Practicing the Little Things

As parents, we all want our kids to develop good habits. We hope they will do difficult things, learn perseverance and speak the truth. We have a list of a thousand things we hope for them, but how to we help them build those habits? What does that process look like? I think that instead of finding monumental experiences like the ones we see in the movies, we should seek out small ways to practice good habits. Life is lived in the everyday and I promise, every day holds a chance to teach your kids something important. Life is...

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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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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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