How to manage age-appropriate use of screen time: Cyber rites of passage

How to manage age-appropriate use of screen time: Cyber rites of passage

The advent of the internet and smart devices in daily life has advanced so quickly that our parenting culture has not had a chance to anticipate how naturally children adapt to and master every innovation. Studies are underway to measure and record the impact on...
A parent’s secret weapon against online threats

A parent’s secret weapon against online threats

Key points: When parents criticize, judge and condemn other people’s children and their parents for things that disturb the peace (depression and anxiety/sexting/drug use/crime/bullying), the signal sent to youth is that it is not safe to talk about anything happening...
How to discipline your child without punishing them

How to discipline your child without punishing them

In a recent article Washington Post columnist, Claire Gillespie, questions the modern wisdom of giving unruly children “time-outs” as the best method to instill discipline. A mom of two older children and expecting a third soon, she says she never used time-outs and...
Steps every family can take to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic

Steps every family can take to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic

As someone who has a passion for establishing open communication about the adult issues impacting the lives of youth and families, I want to share a community’s hopeful response to the opioid epidemic which has touched every family and community in some way. Last...
Help foster youth experience meaningful connection through reading

Help foster youth experience meaningful connection through reading

This fall I attended a regional event on parenting children suffering from trauma, hosted by Defending the Cause, a non-profit dedicated to helping people of faith communities connect with local resources to help youth by strengthening families. One of the resources I...
Can parents teach children to love their neighbor? A response to the Pittsburgh massacre

Can parents teach children to love their neighbor? A response to the Pittsburgh massacre

Our Core Connectivity guest blogger, Dr. Susan G. Weinberger, founder of the Mentor Consulting Group in Norwalk, CT, is a dear friend and colleague.  Over the past 12 years we have shared a passion to respond to the issues of modern youth by educating one another...
What ‘Beautiful Boy’ says about addiction and family relations

What ‘Beautiful Boy’ says about addiction and family relations

Executive summary Suffering is a part of the human condition. And families have power to decide what to think about and how to respond to suffering. Brain science tells us that addiction is a form of suffering; it is a pathological relationship to intoxication* making...
Signs your child is being cyberbullied and what to do about it

Signs your child is being cyberbullied and what to do about it

Jeremiah Aha, M.A., M.Div, APCC, is the Assistant Director and Therapist at Wellness Together in Rocklin. Wellness Together focuses on providing mental health services for youth and is a preferred service provider for schools and families in the Sacramento region and...
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...