Have your kids ever put their hands in the oven?

Have your kids ever put their hands in the oven?

It’s a pretty simple question. Have your kids ever put their hand in the oven?

No? Just me? Fair enough. I guess you’re a perfect parent.

That happened when my daughter was 18 months old. We had the oven open for approximately 1.3 seconds but that was all it took. (Kids are like tiny raptors, constantly checking your perimeter for weaknesses.)

That’s what the first few years of raising a kid is like. It’s not parenting so much as it is protecting.

Protecting and trying to get your kids to eat something other than the chicken nuggets you used to judge other parents for feeding their kids. Do you know the kind I’m talking about? They’re sold in a bag that’s as big as a sleeping bag at Walmart?

Parenting is a weird, fun, difficult journey.

I’ve got two kids, one who is almost 14 and one who is almost 12. (They’re still in the almost age group. No adult says “I’m almost 52!”)

I’m by no means an expert. I’m learning to navigate things like social media with my kids and dreams and hopes and the future just like a lot of you.

Along the way, I’ve decided to share a few of the things I’ve discovered about parenting. Once a week, I’ll send you an idea that has helped my family.

The ideas will be honest, real and sometimes funny. To that last point, don’t sign up if you’re easily offended. Parenting is too hard to also add being offended. I don’t have time to be offended.

That’s it.

If you want the ideas, sign up here.

  • Karen B.
    Posted at 14:04h, 29 June Reply

    This will sound crazy, but I’ve missed the fun comment sections on the Jon Acuff posts. The Christian posts were always thought provoking and the business focused ones were always informative. I hope this becomes a fun community too.

  • Ryan Renno
    Posted at 03:49h, 05 July Reply

    My kids haven’t been successful at sticking their hands in the oven. They have tried and so far I have been successful at boxing them out! They’ve done other scary things, like fall down the steps and reach into a door when it is being shut or scale the outside of the stair railing. Thanks for sharing Jon! I love your writing! You are hilarious and your books are worth tons more than they are sold for!

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