Why devices are not to blame for a lack of connection with your child

Why devices are not to blame for a lack of connection with your child

Recently I found a very honest and inspirational book on parenting at the local thrift store, entitled, The Key to Your Child’s Heart, by Gary Smalley. Published in 1984, Smalley (an author, educator, pastor, husband and father) shares some of the fundamentals of...
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...
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...
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...
How to discipline your child without punishing them

How to discipline your child without punishing them

In a recent article Washington Post columnist, Claire Gillespie, questions the modern wisdom of giving unruly children “time-outs” as the best method to instill discipline. A mom of two older children and expecting a third soon, she says she never used time-outs and...
Can parents teach children to love their neighbor? A response to the Pittsburgh massacre

Can parents teach children to love their neighbor? A response to the Pittsburgh massacre

Our Core Connectivity guest blogger, Dr. Susan G. Weinberger, founder of the Mentor Consulting Group in Norwalk, CT, is a dear friend and colleague.  Over the past 12 years we have shared a passion to respond to the issues of modern youth by educating one another...