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...
Helping youth respond to the ‘triple-dog-dares’ of social media

Helping youth respond to the ‘triple-dog-dares’ of social media

Peer pressure, dares and challenges are nothing new. Think about Ralphie’s younger eight-year-old brother in the movie, A Christmas Story, who found himself stuck to a frozen pole in the school yard after accepting and acting on a  “triple-dog-dare” to lick it. The...
Tips for issuing your child their first smartphone

Tips for issuing your child their first smartphone

The most important decision a parent will make is how and when to grant their child access to their own smartphone. It is a common question, which is often answered in an ad hoc way, by what is happening in other families. Usually there is extreme pressure because...

Holiday tips for parents of teens and young adults in recovery

Guest blogger Jon Daily, LCSW, CADCII, is the founder of Recovery Happens, substance abuse and addiction treatment center focused on teens and young adults, with offices in Roseville, Fair Oaks, Davis, and Walnut Creek. Daily brings intimate knowledge of substance...