Shelter in place: Resilient responses and resources for you and your family

Shelter in place: Resilient responses and resources for you and your family

During this COVID19 shelter-in-place response, the most important thing we can teach our youth is how to be aware, well-informed and unafraid. Let me offer a real-life example. The other day while on a long walk with my husband, a young boy riding his bike was...
Learning how to fear well: Teach your child to have a disciplined response to a pandemic

Learning how to fear well: Teach your child to have a disciplined response to a pandemic

The advent of mobile connectivity and social media places new demands on parents to teach children how to fear. Learning how to fear is an important life skill in a cyber-powered world that hypes anxiety and shame-inspiring experiences and thoughts (i.e., bullying,...
The biology of love: Insights on being a joyful parent

The biology of love: Insights on being a joyful parent

Yesterday I attended a very instructive and inspirational presentation by Barbara Field, LMFT at the Sacramento Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment. Her topic was the on the neurobiology of secure attachment and its relationship to addiction. In other words,...
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...
The wisdom of love in an evidence-based culture: Parenting an anxious child

The wisdom of love in an evidence-based culture: Parenting an anxious child

Last month I was honored to deliver a training on The Role of the Parent in Healing a Suffering Child: Insights about love in response to anxiety and addiction as a family disease (affair) at the community lunch and learn event sponsored by Sierra Vista Hospital....
On the spiritual and emotional intelligence of being a parent today (Part Two): The authority to love

On the spiritual and emotional intelligence of being a parent today (Part Two): The authority to love

Executive Summary This feature is Part Two of the discourse On the need for spiritual and emotional intelligence in being a parent today (Part One), based upon a training at Sierra Vista Hospital last month about the role of a parent in healing a suffering child....