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...
Steps to redirect your child’s thinking habits to inspire confidence

Steps to redirect your child’s thinking habits to inspire confidence

One significant challenge for youth today is that they are born into a cyber-powered world that hypes negative reasoning. This is an intense environment which when unchecked can shape a personal view of the world; that it is never going to “feel safe.”  And this world...
Signs your smartphone is controlling you and your family

Signs your smartphone is controlling you and your family

As an educator and coach on parenting and family life, I have studied how the pedophiles and commercial interests engage tech-savvy youth so they can exploit them. To that end, I teach caring adults how to engage youth to empower them and impart wisdom. In this...
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...