Author: Jon Acuff

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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How to Raise a Good Employee, I Mean Kid

One of the worst people to work with is the guy who says, “That’s not my job.” This sentence is universally hated in every country in the world. I’ve never been to Mongolia, but I guarantee there’s a guy who was supposed to help set up a Yurt that said, “That’s not my job.” Employers can’t stand this attitude and in my work with companies, it comes up often. It’s a sign that someone isn’t a team player. It’s a sign that someone isn’t going above and beyond. It’s a sign of selfishness and laziness. You’ve worked with someone...

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There Will Be Jerks: Help Your Kids Navigate Bullying Before It Gets Bad

My oldest daughter is now in middle school. That is awesome and also a little scary. The reason it’s scary is that we’ve started to enter the waters of social media. I thought I’d have a little more time before the waves got so choppy and confusing, but I was wrong. Recently, my daughter told me that people at her school had created “couple accounts” on Instagram. The owners of the accounts find photos that other students have posted. Then they put the photos together, showing one guy and one girl. The caption asks, “Would these two make a...

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Technology Tip : Ask “Which of Your Friends Have Devices?”

We are the first generation of parents in the history of mankind to raising kids in a technology connected culture. Jon Acuff continues his series of Technology Tips by reminding us our kids have the potential to be connected or access devices even when they’re not in at home. As you keep this in mind, here’s a question to ask to help continue the technology conversation with your kids. Other Technology Tips: You’re Not A Doctor Ask Questions About Video Games Don’t Miss the Moment Be a Team Manager Not a Secret...

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The Simplest Way to Teach Your Kids Self Control

The virtue of the month at Parent Cue is “Self Control.” When I found that out I tried to skip this month. I asked Reggie if I could sit this one out because I’m so terrible at that particular virtue. He beat me in a game of basketball though, did not see that dunk coming, so here I am. At Orange, we define self-control as: “Choosing to do what you should do, not what you want to do.” Today, I’m going to teach you a really simple way to teach your kids about self-control. Are you ready? Here are...

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