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...
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...
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 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...