Countering the addiction epidemic: Responding to opioids and other risky drug use trends with hope

Countering the addiction epidemic: Responding to opioids and other risky drug use trends with hope

There is plenty of reason for parents to be concerned about the drug trends youth are exposed to today. Vaping is rampant among youth at early ages as nicotine and cannabis are consumed with electronic devices and are difficult to detect. Children are literally...
In a world where mass murder is possible, who’s in control?

In a world where mass murder is possible, who’s in control?

In a world where it is possible for an  individual to commit mass murder, who is really in control? This is the unsettling question we ask ourselves in the wake of the recent mass murders in Gilroy, and over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton, and with the other mass...
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...
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...
Conquer the fear of losing a child to screentime

Conquer the fear of losing a child to screentime

Executive summary The quality of life for a child or teen is not necessarily defined by social media use. Children who are not feeling a sense of secure belonging at home and in a peer community are vulnerable to the isolating impact of excessive social media use....
Signs your child’s sense of well-being is impaired

Signs your child’s sense of well-being is impaired

Before mobile connectivity, texting, and social media became a primary artery of communication for young and old alike, mental health issues were considered something that happened only to some “flawed individuals”. It is no surprise that the resulting stigma of...