Why your house rules fail and what to do about it

Why your house rules fail and what to do about it

Executive Summary This feature addresses the problem of rules that can complicate and weaken a parent’s relationship with their child. Drawing from key concepts gleaned from research and fieldwork in prevention strategy the highlights below offer insights and tips to...
Defending hope for you and your family amid pandemic stress

Defending hope for you and your family amid pandemic stress

The collective response to the coronavirus pandemic (i.e., shelter-in-place) has interrupted our lives with new demands on parents to be teachers as well as employees at home and created economic upheavals that can lead to mental states of hopeless. The feeling of...
Shelter in place: Resilient responses and resources for you and your family

Shelter in place: Resilient responses and resources for you and your family

During this COVID19 shelter-in-place response, the most important thing we can teach our youth is how to be aware, well-informed and unafraid. Let me offer a real-life example. The other day while on a long walk with my husband, a young boy riding his bike was...
Learning how to fear well: Teach your child to have a disciplined response to a pandemic

Learning how to fear well: Teach your child to have a disciplined response to a pandemic

The advent of mobile connectivity and social media places new demands on parents to teach children how to fear. Learning how to fear is an important life skill in a cyber-powered world that hypes anxiety and shame-inspiring experiences and thoughts (i.e., bullying,...
The biology of love: Insights on being a joyful parent

The biology of love: Insights on being a joyful parent

Yesterday I attended a very instructive and inspirational presentation by Barbara Field, LMFT at the Sacramento Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment. Her topic was the on the neurobiology of secure attachment and its relationship to addiction. In other words,...