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How to Keep Your Cool When Your Kids Don’t

How to Keep Your Cool When Your Kids Don’t

“Everyone’s going to be there. You have to let me go to the sleepover. Jack’s one of my friends…I can’t skip his party. You guys are the worst parents ever.” If you’re still getting your kids through the early years, you probably haven’t heard words like these. Some...
Technology Tips: Take off the Digital Locks

Technology Tips: Take off the Digital Locks

In this month’s Technology Tip, Jon Acuff tells us to make a point of knowing our kids’ passwords. You wouldn’t let your kids bolt their bedroom door and never give you access. In the same way, you should never let them deny you access to their devices or...
School: Adjusting to a Bigger World

School: Adjusting to a Bigger World

I was never a big fan of the baby stage. Too much guesswork over what the baby really needs and why he’s crying. But the toddler to preschool age is my jam. Personalities begin to emerge, conversations begin to take place, and little people begin to evolve right...
Why I Plan to Stay Overcommitted

Why I Plan to Stay Overcommitted

When did May become the new December? Is it just me, or does anyone else’s calendar for this month look like it’s been assaulted by pen scribbles? Literally, as I was shoving pizza party money into my first grader’s backpack this morning, I briefly wondered if I could...
Quantity of Quality Times

Quantity of Quality Times

There’s a reason I know quality time trumps quantity time. When I was a kid, my grandfather would come to our house for dinner all the time. He used to say coming to our house was better than going to the movies. I have three siblings, all sisters, so I was the...
Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

“Gracie gets super excited when her big brother comes into the room and calls out ‘bubba!’ Plus she says ‘doggy’ and ‘book’ and ‘ball’ and ‘milk.’ She’s just so bright and never stops chattering!” My Facebook friend was enthusing about her 9-month-old. My 15-month-old...
Why You Haven’t Completely Blown It As A Parent

Why You Haven’t Completely Blown It As A Parent

Ever feel like you’ve completely messed up your kids, and now it’s too late to fix them? If you knew what you knew now when they were babies, you would have been such an amazingly better parent.  But you didn’t.  And now they’re wrecked. Or, at...
You’re Not Enough

You’re Not Enough

Jon Acuff, New York Times Bestselling author and dad of two, joins Kristen Ivy on this month’s episode of Parent Cue Live to discuss how we as parents will never be the only influences our kids need. They give practical advice about widening the circle and...