Who is more influential? Parents or social media?

Who is more influential? Parents or social media?

Last Sunday night I served on a cyber-safety panel at HUB Church that meets at Quail Glenn Elementary School in Roseville. My topic was “Keeping Tabs on Your Child’s Social Media,” which inspired me to write this feature below. *** Executive summary Parents and...
Three radical ways your teen experiences love in your home

Three radical ways your teen experiences love in your home

Now more than ever parents need to reassess how their children experience love in the home. Today’s youth are swimming in a sea of judgment. It is easy to believe things that are not true (i.e., I am not worthy of acceptance) and focus on things that don’t really...
Six ways parents care for the souls of their children

Six ways parents care for the souls of their children

Last Saturday I attended a seminar on Parenting and Soul Care at the Rock of Roseville facilitated by Dr. Ken Logan who specializes in neuropsychology, trauma, and relationship enhancement. Informed by his scientific inquiry, Logan offers a very practical view of soul...
Seven truths about sex offenders that every parent needs to know

Seven truths about sex offenders that every parent needs to know

Last week Anthony Harland, AMFT, MS, CADCI, with Sharper Future, spoke at the monthly meeting of Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment in Sacramento. His topic: Sex Offender Myths, Assessment and Treatment. In his practice, Harland specializes in working with...
Teach your teen to have a healthy perspective on sex and sexuality

Teach your teen to have a healthy perspective on sex and sexuality

Executive summary: Children are exposed to shame-inspiring experiences about sex and sexuality at very early ages Shame emotion associated with sexual exploitation, whether witnessing or experiencing it, kills open communication essential to think correctly about it...
Insights to improve the tone of communication at home

Insights to improve the tone of communication at home

Growing up with apps and devices introduces a level of chronic stress for youth and parents alike which can result in hostility. Communication is always a two-way street in that listening is involved. For parenting tech-savvy youth, it is easy to believe that we need...
Get your teen to share hopeless thoughts and experiences with you

Get your teen to share hopeless thoughts and experiences with you

Executive summary Studies and personal experiences indicate that tech-savvy youth are more vulnerable to depression and suicidal ideation than pre-internet generations Parents and youth are dealing with strong barriers to the head-to-heart communication essential to...
How to avoid burnout when caring for loved ones with anxiety, depression or addiction

How to avoid burnout when caring for loved ones with anxiety, depression or addiction

As a result of our network culture lifestyle, we are all more vulnerable to believing things that disturb the peace. Especially for youth, it is easy to believe things that are not true  (such as “I am not worthy of love and acceptance,” and “all my parents care about...
How parents can help tech-savvy youth dealing with adult issues

How parents can help tech-savvy youth dealing with adult issues

This article features my remarks at the annual meeting of the Raising Placer/Coalition for Rocklin Youth, hosted at 180 Church in Rocklin, May 17, 2018. I am a founding member of Raising Placer, Coalition for Placer Youth and Coalition for Rocklin Youth, and currently...