Helping youth respond to the ‘triple-dog-dares’ of social media

Helping youth respond to the ‘triple-dog-dares’ of social media

Peer pressure, dares and challenges are nothing new. Think about Ralphie’s younger eight-year-old brother in the movie, A Christmas Story, who found himself stuck to a frozen pole in the school yard after accepting and acting on a  “triple-dog-dare” to lick it. The...
Tips for issuing your child their first smartphone

Tips for issuing your child their first smartphone

The most important decision a parent will make is how and when to grant their child access to their own smartphone. It is a common question, which is often answered in an ad hoc way, by what is happening in other families. Usually there is extreme pressure because...

Holiday tips for parents of teens and young adults in recovery

Guest blogger Jon Daily, LCSW, CADCII, is the founder of Recovery Happens, substance abuse and addiction treatment center focused on teens and young adults, with offices in Roseville, Fair Oaks, Davis, and Walnut Creek. Daily brings intimate knowledge of substance...
Why today’s teens and millennials may believe older generations don’t care about them

Why today’s teens and millennials may believe older generations don’t care about them

This feature is based upon my presentation to senior citizens gathered in a private home in Lincoln, CA last Friday morning. I am a mom of two grown sons, trained in behavioral science at U.C. Berkeley, who left a career in technology circa 2004 when mobile...

How many tech-savvy youth must die before we return to love? Why soul talk is an essential life skill

(A personal note about the Orlando terrorist attack that took 50 lives last night: I pray for the families of loved ones lost – that they are comforted by people of good will and their own chosen faith in these moments of gut wrenching pain. And I thank God for...