What ‘Beautiful Boy’ says about addiction and family relations

What ‘Beautiful Boy’ says about addiction and family relations

Executive summary Suffering is a part of the human condition. And families have power to decide what to think about and how to respond to suffering. Brain science tells us that addiction is a form of suffering; it is a pathological relationship to intoxication* making...
Who is more influential? Parents or social media?

Who is more influential? Parents or social media?

Last Sunday night I served on a cyber-safety panel at HUB Church that meets at Quail Glenn Elementary School in Roseville. My topic was “Keeping Tabs on Your Child’s Social Media,” which inspired me to write this feature below. *** Executive summary Parents and...
Insights to improve the tone of communication at home

Insights to improve the tone of communication at home

Growing up with apps and devices introduces a level of chronic stress for youth and parents alike which can result in hostility. Communication is always a two-way street in that listening is involved. For parenting tech-savvy youth, it is easy to believe that we need...
Get your teen to share hopeless thoughts and experiences with you

Get your teen to share hopeless thoughts and experiences with you

Executive summary Studies and personal experiences indicate that tech-savvy youth are more vulnerable to depression and suicidal ideation than pre-internet generations Parents and youth are dealing with strong barriers to the head-to-heart communication essential to...
How parents can help tech-savvy youth dealing with adult issues

How parents can help tech-savvy youth dealing with adult issues

This article features my remarks at the annual meeting of the Raising Placer/Coalition for Rocklin Youth, hosted at 180 Church in Rocklin, May 17, 2018. I am a founding member of Raising Placer, Coalition for Placer Youth and Coalition for Rocklin Youth, and currently...
On being an imperfect parent with imperfect kids

On being an imperfect parent with imperfect kids

A recent video stirring up conversations about parenting and discipline went viral last month. It was posted by a Virginian dad who made is son run a mile to school every day for a week after he was caught bullying. According to news reports, the dad received a lot of...