Why loving tech-savvy youth requires us to surrender our opinions

Why loving tech-savvy youth requires us to surrender our opinions

One of the most important things modern youth need from parents today is wisdom which is often confused with opinion. Human opinion may be informed by wisdom (lessons and insights from life experience), but it always offers limited understanding of a person, situation...
The value of playing video games for family togetherness

The value of playing video games for family togetherness

Christmastime is a holiday designed to ignite imaginations and enjoy the company of loved ones – which is a lot easier said than done because we are an achievement culture that tends to value work over play, and many families do not have a joyful family history. Most...

Insights from a ‘sober mom’ on how to build trust & keep tabs on apps and devices

(This is a reprint from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Column on Examiner.com). Recently Fox 40 News aired a feature on youth and social media that simply reaffirms how apps and texting has become the main artery of communication and the primary venue for teen social...
Impossible to get family members to put down the mobile device? You are not alone

Impossible to get family members to put down the mobile device? You are not alone

(This is a reprint from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com) A recent study by Common Sense Media found that 50 percent of teenagers “feel addicted” to mobile devices, and 59 percent of parents agree. And beyond that, the survey indicated that...
How your child’s mindset will reinforce or overcome learning disabilities

How your child’s mindset will reinforce or overcome learning disabilities

(This is a reprint from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com) This morning Bonnie Terry, owner of Bonnie Terry Learning center, spoke to parents about ways to overcome learning disabilities, such as ADD/ADHD and dyslexia, at St. Joseph Marello...
Tips for kids to respond to on-line personal attacks and adversity

Tips for kids to respond to on-line personal attacks and adversity

(This is a reprint from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner Column on Examiner.com) Last Thursday, Lisa Ford Berry, founder and CEO of BRAVE Society, spoke to youth and parents at the Roseville Police Activities League gym in Roseville, about the simple steps youth...