Tips to help youth succeed academically while dealing with emotional and social challenges

Tips to help youth succeed academically while dealing with emotional and social challenges

As the Executive Director of an online public school, I’ve seen so many children who were previously struggling because they felt like square pegs forced into round holes. As parents, we can all relate to the age-old challenge of trying to fit in at school, while the...
Thoughts that make you a secure parent, how to handle vaping and more

Thoughts that make you a secure parent, how to handle vaping and more

Fifteen years ago when I started this mission to strengthen the parent-child bond in a cyber-powered world my own confidence as a parent was deeply shaken. And while mostly I observed that the children were making good choices despite their peer pressures – still the...
Why tech-savvy youth need confident parents: What does that look like?

Why tech-savvy youth need confident parents: What does that look like?

When I started this mission to strengthen the parent-child bond in a cyber-powered world, my own confidence as a parent had been deeply shaken with the advent of the mobile device in the hands of youth. In the fall of 2004, my digital native had purchased his own...
Countering the addiction epidemic: Responding to opioids and other risky drug use trends with hope

Countering the addiction epidemic: Responding to opioids and other risky drug use trends with hope

There is plenty of reason for parents to be concerned about the drug trends youth are exposed to today. Vaping is rampant among youth at early ages as nicotine and cannabis are consumed with electronic devices and are difficult to detect. Children are literally...
Crucial social media topics: Brave versus risky

Crucial social media topics: Brave versus risky

Concepts for crucial conversations Guidance for conversations with youth in a cyber-powered world, wherein it is easy to believe things that are not true and focus on things that do not really mater. Brave versus Risky Both can make you feel discomfort. However, you...
In a world where mass murder is possible, who’s in control?

In a world where mass murder is possible, who’s in control?

In a world where it is possible for an  individual to commit mass murder, who is really in control? This is the unsettling question we ask ourselves in the wake of the recent mass murders in Gilroy, and over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton, and with the other mass...
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...