Author: Jon Acuff

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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The Truth About Trust

A few weeks ago, I told my 10-year-old daughter that I would write her a story. I write for a living and I’m constantly reading about other authors who do that. On a whim, they write their kids a story and then voila, Harry Potter! I wasn’t going to write her the story because I thought it would turn into a book. I was going to write her a story because it’s fun. As soon as I told her that though, she said, “Sure you will. You’ll write two pages and then quit.” Body blow! No one hits as hard as your kids can hit.

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5 New Rules for Digital Parenting

I’m not a huge fan of exaggeration, so let me say as clearly as I can, “The entire world changes when your kid gets a smart phone.” You think you know, oh you’ve read some articles or heard chit chat at dinner parties, but you have no idea what happens when your parenting goes digital. Up is down. Right is wrong. Cats befriend dogs. It’s a scene, man, it’s a real scene. Alright, now that we’ve got the panic every parent feels out of the way, let’s talk practically for a minute. In this phase, you have a critical role...

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What to Do If Your Friends Are Raising Jerks

Is there anything harder than making friends with other couples? When you first get married, you tend to run into two possible scenarios: The wives get along, but the husbands don’t. The husbands get along, but the wives don’t. By “not get along” I don’t mean they have a hard time not fighting each other. To date, I’ve never said to my wife, “I’m so glad you and Samantha are good friends, but last time she was over, her husband hit me over the back with a chair. Fortunately, my core is ridiculous and I was able to absorb...

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