Measuring the distance between us: Bridging the chasm of the parent-child bond

Measuring the distance between us: Bridging the chasm of the parent-child bond

These next two features address the disconnect in the parent child bond that has been amplified by social media and fuels anxiety and hostility at home. I have studied how the pedophiles and commercial interests have engaged youth with the aim to manipulate and...
When your child rejects parental authority: Insights about connecting and correcting a rebellious child

When your child rejects parental authority: Insights about connecting and correcting a rebellious child

A recent feature in Yahoo News describes the four parenting styles (authoritarian, authoritative, permissive and uninvolved) and explains why authoritative parenting (which is firm and kind) is the most effective for instilling discipline. In my experience, the...
Wherever you are, be there: Parenting attention in the home

Wherever you are, be there: Parenting attention in the home

One of my favorite sayings I heard over 30 years ago from a community college professor in Sacramento. At that time, I had recently graduated from university and I wanted to apply my training in behavioral science to better understand how technology could be used to...
The wisdom of love in an evidence-based culture: Parenting an anxious child

The wisdom of love in an evidence-based culture: Parenting an anxious child

Last month I was honored to deliver a training on The Role of the Parent in Healing a Suffering Child: Insights about love in response to anxiety and addiction as a family disease (affair) at the community lunch and learn event sponsored by Sierra Vista Hospital....
On the spiritual and emotional intelligence of being a parent today (Part Two): The authority to love

On the spiritual and emotional intelligence of being a parent today (Part Two): The authority to love

Executive Summary This feature is Part Two of the discourse On the need for spiritual and emotional intelligence in being a parent today (Part One), based upon a training at Sierra Vista Hospital last month about the role of a parent in healing a suffering child....
On the need for spiritual and emotional intelligence in being a parent today (Part One)

On the need for spiritual and emotional intelligence in being a parent today (Part One)

Executive summary This feature is for parents who are dealing with children and/or teens experiencing high anxiety, depression, hostile or withdrawn behavior, and/or are addicted to devices or drugs. And these insights will also help counselors, therapists and...
Things to consider about connection & your child’s mental health

Things to consider about connection & your child’s mental health

Welcome to 2020. The dawn of a new decade full of promise and challenges in this age of cyber-powered information. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the trends impacting youth and families today. A recent headline in the New York Times features youth suicide on the...
2020 Hindsight: Make this the year of creating a culture of connection at home

2020 Hindsight: Make this the year of creating a culture of connection at home

Fifteen years ago, just before the advent of smartphones and social media, mobile devices landed in the hands of youth. At that time, my youngest hit middle school. He had purchased a “pay-as-you-go” mobile device with his own paper route money. My husband and I...
Responding to the stress of social media ‘likes’ during the holidays and beyond

Responding to the stress of social media ‘likes’ during the holidays and beyond

A recent feature on Jersey 105.5 reminds parents that youth today experience stress with social media influences that can inspire great anxiety – especially around the holidays. There is more time to hang out on-line and young folks feel a pressure to take pictures to...
Crucial conversations about the hidden agenda behind vaping and other things trending in your child’s life

Crucial conversations about the hidden agenda behind vaping and other things trending in your child’s life

Executive summary The commercial interests hired experts to craft social media campaigns to engage minor-aged youth in vaping. The response to these commercial efforts using e-cigarette technology to get youth as nicotine consumers includes 1) a Surgeon General...