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...
Tips to help a loved one build a strong recovery from addiction

Tips to help a loved one build a strong recovery from addiction

In my mission to strengthen the role of a parent in the lives of tech-savvy youth I have learned that in every family system there is a loved one of all ages struggling with some form of addiction; it is indeed an integral part of the human condition that offers many...
A sixth-grader’s insights on responsible use of a smartphone

A sixth-grader’s insights on responsible use of a smartphone

This is a guest blog feature by my niece, Katie. She is in the sixth grade and I asked her to share her insights about how she is going to use the smartphone for good when her parents do allow her to receive one of her own. I offer her thoughts to help illustrate what...
How to know ‘what’s trending’ in your own child’s heart and mind

How to know ‘what’s trending’ in your own child’s heart and mind

Do you really know what’s trending in your child’s heart and mind? More often than not we are making assumptions based upon our own life experience as a child/teen and as a parent. Nevertheless, what’s trending in your own child’s heart and mind is the most important...
Three steps to connect with your tech-savvy child

Three steps to connect with your tech-savvy child

Last month at the Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment, Sacramento Chapter member meeting, Dr. Suzanne Pereira, Clinical Director at New Dawn Treatment Centers in Sacramento,  spoke about the process of wellness transformation in response to addiction as a...
Three life lessons that impact the quality of your child’s education

Three life lessons that impact the quality of your child’s education

Last week I attended the third annual California Student Mental Wellness Conference, co-sponsored by Wellness Together and the California State Department of Education. This is to share some insights about the challenges educators and students face today, and I offer...