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...
Educators learning to connect mental health with student success

Educators learning to connect mental health with student success

Last Monday, over 600 educators from across the state convened at William Jessup University in Rocklin to address the mental health and wellness needs of modern youth as a critical success factor for their profession. Organized by Wellness Together, a  non-profit...

Signs you may be a co-dependent parent

Last week Dr. Jessica Rodriguez, CEO of Gateway Corp in Sacramento and OnSite Strategies in Roseville, delivered a talk on the impact of shame and co-dependency in treating addiction as a family problem to counselors and therapists at Sierra Vista Hospital. Rodriguez...
How to help your teen define and pursue success

How to help your teen define and pursue success

(This feature is based upon a Core Connectivity parent workshop on setting your teen up for success. To book a workshop at your school or church, contact Joanna). Defining success for yourself and your teen is probably one of the most important things that a parent...
Understanding the pros and cons of anxiety in a cyber-powered world

Understanding the pros and cons of anxiety in a cyber-powered world

I recently came across an article in Psychology Today about the correlation between social media and anxiety. This is of great interest to me, because parenting tech-savvy teens requires us to better understand how the young hearts and minds in our families and...
How to get your teen to really connect with you about their troubles

How to get your teen to really connect with you about their troubles

Dr. Susan Landes is the founder of the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Centers in Auburn and Davis. She works with adolescents and children who suffer from anxiety, depression and behavioral health disorders (cutting, drug use, aggression, suicidal thoughts and...