How to prepare your child to build trust in a consumer-oriented society

How to prepare your child to build trust in a consumer-oriented society

In his feature on parenting in Fatherly, Modern Parenting is a Scam on America’s Middle Class, Patrick Coleman offers his observation that modern trends in society have shifted the burden on parents to produce “workers” for corporations, and as a result youth and...
How to rebuild trust when you find these apps on your child’s smartphone

How to rebuild trust when you find these apps on your child’s smartphone

One of the greatest challenges of parenting tech-savvy youth is balancing rules and relationships. There is much confusion between trust and faith and private and secret.  The biggest obstacle to building trust with tech-savvy youth is a parent’s fear which kills open...
A mother’s lesson about exercising caution

A mother’s lesson about exercising caution

This is to introduce guest blogger, Kenny Hill Sr, CADC II, Certified Brainspotting Therapist. Kenny has a private practice called Recovery Hill in Sacramento, Ca, where he works with people experiencing substance abuse and trauma. Kenny is a combat veteran and...
Why devices are not to blame for a lack of connection with your child

Why devices are not to blame for a lack of connection with your child

Recently I found a very honest and inspirational book on parenting at the local thrift store, entitled, The Key to Your Child’s Heart, by Gary Smalley. Published in 1984, Smalley (an author, educator, pastor, husband and father) shares some of the fundamentals of...
Conquer the fear of losing a child to screentime

Conquer the fear of losing a child to screentime

Executive summary The quality of life for a child or teen is not necessarily defined by social media use. Children who are not feeling a sense of secure belonging at home and in a peer community are vulnerable to the isolating impact of excessive social media use....
Signs your child’s sense of well-being is impaired

Signs your child’s sense of well-being is impaired

Before mobile connectivity, texting, and social media became a primary artery of communication for young and old alike, mental health issues were considered something that happened only to some “flawed individuals”. It is no surprise that the resulting stigma of...
The purpose of stress in your child’s life and their happiness

The purpose of stress in your child’s life and their happiness

A recent article on The Ladders features a report about America as a society that is less happy than ever because of mass addictions. The study featured is the World Happiness Report, an annual study sponsored by United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions...
What the college admission scams say about our parenting culture and the plight of our youth

What the college admission scams say about our parenting culture and the plight of our youth

Recent news stories about the college admissions scandals illustrate how this modern “achievement generation” of parents believe that their child’s life is a trophy for their own mantles, and also reinforce an entitlement mentality that undermines the resilience youth...
Who is in control? Two truths about power struggles with tech-savvy youth

Who is in control? Two truths about power struggles with tech-savvy youth

Executive summary In a world punctuated by dynamic, innovative and disruptive social media trends parents can easily perceive that they have very little control over the security and behavior of their tech-savvy children. When parents harbor a fearful desire to be in...