On being an imperfect parent with imperfect kids

On being an imperfect parent with imperfect kids

A recent video stirring up conversations about parenting and discipline went viral last month. It was posted by a Virginian dad who made is son run a mile to school every day for a week after he was caught bullying. According to news reports, the dad received a lot of...
How tech-savvy youth experience learning discipline

How tech-savvy youth experience learning discipline

On February 28 and March 1, 2018 over 900 educators and school counselors convened at William Jessup University in Rocklin to attend the Second Annual Student Mental Health Conference. The event was organized by Wellness Together, a non-profit devoted to student...
Finding the opportunity to create positive social norms for tech-savvy youth in a state with legal adult-use cannabis

Finding the opportunity to create positive social norms for tech-savvy youth in a state with legal adult-use cannabis

Last month, over 900 educators and school counselors convened at William Jessup University in Rocklin to attend the Second Annual Student Mental Health Conference. The event was organized by Wellness Together, a non-profit devoted to student counseling services with...
Educators respond to the student mental health crisis: What tech-savvy youth need from parents

Educators respond to the student mental health crisis: What tech-savvy youth need from parents

Last week I delivered a training to educators and counselors on how parents can learn to instill learning discipline among tech-savvy youth at a state educators’ conference. Attendees traveled to Rocklin from across the state to learn how to promote mental health...

Every parent can do something to prevent violence at school

The day before the tragic Parkland Florida school massacre, I attended a private forum in Palo Alto on digital solutions to counter violent extremism among youth. This forum was organized through the Department of Homeland Security Office of Public-Private...
Tips to help college-aged youth deal with the drug and alcohol culture on campus: Harm reduction strategy

Tips to help college-aged youth deal with the drug and alcohol culture on campus: Harm reduction strategy

Executive summary for parents Open communication about the experiences in online and offline life that inspire shame and anxiety is essential to prevention. In order to maintain open communication, parents must choose to have an open mind about how your...
Tips to help teens manage stress

Tips to help teens manage stress

Last week, Dr. Lucy Vezzuto, Coordinator of the K-12 Student Mental Health and Social and Emotional Learning program at the Orange County Department of Education, addressed over 200 parents at the Rocklin Community Center about the stress youth experience and what...
Things parents do that make their children feel insecure: Is your home a safe place?

Things parents do that make their children feel insecure: Is your home a safe place?

I attend training and community events to stay current on the scientific and clinical discoveries that help us to respond well to the stresses of cyber-connectivity and the mental and emotional impact social media has on youth and family relationships. Last Thursday I...