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...
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...
Get your teen to share hopeless thoughts and experiences with you

Get your teen to share hopeless thoughts and experiences with you

Executive summary Studies and personal experiences indicate that tech-savvy youth are more vulnerable to depression and suicidal ideation than pre-internet generations Parents and youth are dealing with strong barriers to the head-to-heart communication essential to...
Signs your uber-successful teen may be failing to thrive: And what to do about it

Signs your uber-successful teen may be failing to thrive: And what to do about it

Executive summary Parents and youth are at greater risk of becoming stressed out as online connectivity hypes every uncertain and fearful thought Perfectionism, the idea that you can meet unrealistic standards for self and others, is an unintended consequence of the...

Every parent can do something to prevent violence at school

The day before the tragic Parkland Florida school massacre, I attended a private forum in Palo Alto on digital solutions to counter violent extremism among youth. This forum was organized through the Department of Homeland Security Office of Public-Private...
Things parents do that make their children feel insecure: Is your home a safe place?

Things parents do that make their children feel insecure: Is your home a safe place?

I attend training and community events to stay current on the scientific and clinical discoveries that help us to respond well to the stresses of cyber-connectivity and the mental and emotional impact social media has on youth and family relationships. Last Thursday I...