The Acorn Assignment is:
- A fresh and healthy approach to parenting. The potential in a child is like an acorn, it will lie dormant until it encounters an environment suitable for growth. Our assignment as parents - to establish and maintain an environment that enables the potential in our child and ourselves to sprout, unfold and thrive.
- An instructional program that guides parents to fulfil this assignment in their own way and to the best of their ability with the resources available to them. The program is structured like a craft course, we begin with the basic elements - aka puzzle pieces and through discussion, trial and error progressively build a practical understanding. I am the craftsman, the parent is the apprentice and the potential in the child - a slab of wet clay on a potter’s wheel is the work-in-process.
- A book, scheduled for release in spring 2021. Intended as a quick read the book provides the basics of the program enabling the parent to evaluate the fit of the program to their life view.
- Intentionally lean and narrowly focused on program goals. The program content provides a springboard for personal reflection, discussion and lively debate. There are no stupid questions.
- The study focus of the Acorn Guild - a judgement-free online community of like-minded parents.
- Inclusive - for any parent having the simple desire to do their best - regardless of culture, faith, family structure or sexual orientation.
- A work in process - my Ikigai (noun. Your reason for waking up in the morning, the passion that drives your life).
I created the Acorn Assignment to help parents unpack, explore and enable the potential in their child and themselves. The Acorn Assignment is based in part on my experience raising three sons born in 1983, 1985 & 1986. As a new dad I was puzzled – something was odd about the parenting practices of the day and what was expected of me. Armed with the endless curiosity of an eight year old and the belief that parenting is the most important thing we do in our lives, I looked for a better way.
The Acorn Assignment is not an intellectual exercise - it is a toolkit of practical strategies and simple techniques to implement in the trenches of modern day parenting. It is intended for any parent with the simple desire to help their child be all they can be.