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...
The ‘two-percent solution’ to parenting tech-savvy youth

The ‘two-percent solution’ to parenting tech-savvy youth

Michael Anne Conley, LMFT, is an expert on helping people make positive changes to become better versions of themselves by overcoming limiting habits, such as addiction, anxiety and procrastination. She understands intimately how to perceive and process the connection...
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...
Why talking about teen marijuana use is so difficult and necessary

Why talking about teen marijuana use is so difficult and necessary

Last Thursday, parents, educators and counselors gathered at Victory High School in Rocklin for a workshop on teen wellness and the risks of marijuana use by youth. Open to the public, this event was co-sponsored by the Coalition for Placer Youth, Wellness Together,...
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...
Family talking points about Prop 64 and marijuana use among youth

Family talking points about Prop 64 and marijuana use among youth

Last week, Jon Daily, LCSW, CADC-II, spoke to therapists, physicians and counselors at Sierra Vista Hospital about the challenge Proposition 64 presents youth. Passed last November, Proposition 64 is California legislation that decriminalizes and regulates the...