Author: Jon Acuff

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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How To Talk To Your Kids about the Election

Every four years, we Americans have a unique opportunity to talk with our children about the presidential election. It’s that time again, so I thought it would be helpful to review the best steps you can take. How to talk to your kids about the election: Don’t. Please refer to step 1. That would be easier, wouldn’t it? When my kids were toddlers, they had very little concern for policy change unless that policy involved chicken strips. They had some very strong opinions about chicken strips and the assurance from me as their elected official that the supply of...

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Playing the Long Game in a World Addicted to Instant

Do you know why it’s hard to teach your kids perseverance? Because the rest of the world is built around instantly fulfilling their every need. Do you remember Blockbuster Video? You had absolutely no guarantee they would have the movie you wanted to rent. It was very likely that some other punk in your town beat you to the one copy of Back to the Future Part II. Upon finding the empty case, you would curse your bad luck and then wait a few days until the video came back to the store. You had to persevere. That might...

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