Empowering logic to counter ‘13 Reasons Why’ a child commits suicide

Empowering logic to counter ‘13 Reasons Why’ a child commits suicide

When I decided to leave a career in technology to focus upon the impact of technology on family life (2004), my youngest was entering eighth grade and mobile connectivity had just landed in the hands of youth. Before the smart phone, texting had quickly surfaced as...
No excuses required: On compassion and forgiveness in the family

No excuses required: On compassion and forgiveness in the family

As an eager student of the human condition, I get really excited about the strategic value of forgiveness as an essential mindset that promotes resilience and healing. And yet forgiveness is so misunderstood; it is often confused with excusing bad or offensive...

A post-Christmas message about family & forgiveness

For many people, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are very stressful times. Many families can feel like a war-zone, where it is not a safe place to celebrate the goodness of life or the bad memories of abuse and condemnation take on new life. Our guest blogger, Dr....
All I want for Christmas: Responding to the desires of tech-savvy youth

All I want for Christmas: Responding to the desires of tech-savvy youth

A recent blog post by Walt Mueller at the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding featured the topic of “too much stuff” for Christmas. Mueller rightly points out that in an affluent society it is easy to get lost in the acquisition of material things that distract us...
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...