Author: Jon Acuff

Redefining Social Media

If you ever want to sound old when it comes to discussing technology, just add the word “the” before you say the name of it. Watch, I’ll show you: I like to watch my soaps on “the television.” My kids are on “the Facebook.” I like “the Twitter.” Even as I typed those three examples, I felt old fashioned, like I was blogging from within a Cracker Barrel. (The popular restaurant chain, not the barrels in which we all keep our crackers.) I don’t do that though. I don’t add the word “the.” I’m hip and relevant and young...

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How to Slow Down Childhood

The minute you have a kid, a chorus of people will come around you and proclaim, “They grow up so fast! They grow up so fast!” Before you have even left the maternity ward or adoption agency with your child, you will feel the great pressure of time bearing down upon you. One night, my then 6-year-old gave me a hug. She said, “Close your eyes and then open them. I’ll be married then.” Even she understood that before you knew it, she’d be grown and gone and . . . ahhhhhh, it’s all happening too quickly! I’ve tried a...

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An Open Letter To The Future Therapist of My Children

Dear therapist who will one day be counseling my children, There are two things I need to say right out of the gate: 1. I tried my best. 2. I hope you have a sound machine. The second point is more of a personal preference rather than a revelation. Having gone to counseling myself, I appreciate when a therapist has some sort of sound machine that makes you feel like you’re at the beach. Gentle electronic waves lapping against the shore tend to help you forget you’re actually in a strip mall off the highway, wedged between the Dollar...

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Why Kids Crash on Social Media (And What To Do About It)

Long before I got my driver’s license, my parents taught me about driving. Before pulling out in front of someone they’d say, “You can’t always trust that a blinker means someone is really going to turn.” When crossing traffic, they’d point out places I needed to focus. On the highway, they’d extol the merits of only passing in the left lane instead of the right. What’s interesting is that my education started years before I would ever sit behind the wheel. Why did they teach me in advance? Because it’d be dumb to never teach me about using a...

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The #1 Lie Parents Believe About Social Media

Usually when you write a blog post, you start with a dramatic headline, then you open with a funny story and slowly unfold your main point, finally revealing the aforementioned drama that headline promised. If you’re a parent though, you’re too busy for those shenanigans, so let’s get right to the point. The #1 lie parents believe about social media is that that they have to be as tech savvy as their kids. Why is that a lie? Because you will NEVER be as tech savvy as your kids. How do I know? Well, I used an iPhone for...

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