Defending hope for you and your family amid pandemic stress

Defending hope for you and your family amid pandemic stress

The collective response to the coronavirus pandemic (i.e., shelter-in-place) has interrupted our lives with new demands on parents to be teachers as well as employees at home and created economic upheavals that can lead to mental states of hopeless. The feeling of...
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....
Responding to the stress of social media ‘likes’ during the holidays and beyond

Responding to the stress of social media ‘likes’ during the holidays and beyond

A recent feature on Jersey 105.5 reminds parents that youth today experience stress with social media influences that can inspire great anxiety – especially around the holidays. There is more time to hang out on-line and young folks feel a pressure to take pictures to...
Who has more anxiety? You or your tech-savvy child?

Who has more anxiety? You or your tech-savvy child?

As you may know, I am an ancient cyber mom trained in behavioral science at U.C. Berkeley. My sons are grown, 35 and 29 years old. I left a career in technology (circa 2004) when my youngest hit middle school and devices landed in the hands of youth. I wanted to...
Five habits of anxiety-proof families in a cyber-powered world

Five habits of anxiety-proof families in a cyber-powered world

A recent report by Pew Research Center indicates that anxiety and depression are among the top concerns for teens. According to the feature, the total number of teenagers who recently experienced depression increased 59% between 2007 and 2017, and the rate of growth...
Crucial social media topics: Brave versus risky

Crucial social media topics: Brave versus risky

Concepts for crucial conversations Guidance for conversations with youth in a cyber-powered world, wherein it is easy to believe things that are not true and focus on things that do not really mater. Brave versus Risky Both can make you feel discomfort. However, you...