Why do they act that way? What parents need to know about brain science and childhood experiences

Why do they act that way? What parents need to know about brain science and childhood experiences

Without disparaging the innovative benefits of cyber technology, it is fair to say that today’s tech-savvy youth are exposed to levels of hostility (these adult issues of bullying, addictions and sexual exploitation) with greater intensity than pre-internet...
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...
How to get educated about the apps that interest your child

How to get educated about the apps that interest your child

One thing is for certain about growing up and parenting in a cyber-powered world: change is the constant. Never before have parents been so ignorant of what is happening in their children’s lives. And by the same token, never before has transparency been more...
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...
Talking to grade schoolers about the risks of social media and texting

Talking to grade schoolers about the risks of social media and texting

Last Sunday, I met with fourth and fifth graders at St. Joseph Marello Catholic Church to talk about the risks of social media and texting, and how to respond with confidence.  This training was part two of a class on Your Circle of Grace and Social Media, which helps...
How suffering can open the door to hope in responding the behavioral issues of loved ones

How suffering can open the door to hope in responding the behavioral issues of loved ones

Suffering is manifest today as behavioral health issues including addictions, sexual abuse, and bullying which cause pain in families and in our communities. And yet, we live in a society that features avoidance of suffering. Join us to explore how our understanding...