Signs your uber-successful teen may be failing to thrive: And what to do about it

Signs your uber-successful teen may be failing to thrive: And what to do about it

Executive summary Parents and youth are at greater risk of becoming stressed out as online connectivity hypes every uncertain and fearful thought Perfectionism, the idea that you can meet unrealistic standards for self and others, is an unintended consequence of the...
Educators respond to the student mental health crisis: What tech-savvy youth need from parents

Educators respond to the student mental health crisis: What tech-savvy youth need from parents

Last week I delivered a training to educators and counselors on how parents can learn to instill learning discipline among tech-savvy youth at a state educators’ conference. Attendees traveled to Rocklin from across the state to learn how to promote mental health...
Tips to help teens manage stress

Tips to help teens manage stress

Last week, Dr. Lucy Vezzuto, Coordinator of the K-12 Student Mental Health and Social and Emotional Learning program at the Orange County Department of Education, addressed over 200 parents at the Rocklin Community Center about the stress youth experience and what...
Things parents do that make their children feel insecure: Is your home a safe place?

Things parents do that make their children feel insecure: Is your home a safe place?

I attend training and community events to stay current on the scientific and clinical discoveries that help us to respond well to the stresses of cyber-connectivity and the mental and emotional impact social media has on youth and family relationships. Last Thursday I...
Honoring Jon Daily’s legacy of hope

Honoring Jon Daily’s legacy of hope

There is something incredibly transformative and resilient about a person who suffers well. The person who seeks to know and do better in response to pain and then help others in their own suffering, brings forth a torch of resilience that can only be nurtured from...
Three reasons why smartphones are not to blame for the isolation and depression of tech-savvy youth

Three reasons why smartphones are not to blame for the isolation and depression of tech-savvy youth

Adolescent mental health is a growing concern. A Pediatrics study published in November 2016 indicates an increase in major depression episodes reported for youth ages 12-20 from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.3 percent in 2014. This study concludes that the prevalence of...