The top three things parents worry about and how to let them go

The top three things parents worry about and how to let them go

I recently came across a feature on Huffington Post about the top things parents worry about that truly captured the essence of the parent trap: expecting perfection from ourselves and our children. Indeed, perfection is the enemy of love. If you really want your...
Checking the extreme influence of social media on your teen

Checking the extreme influence of social media on your teen

Executive summary On September 22, 2017, Core Connectivity organized a symposium on countering violent extremism among youth held at the Sacramento City Police Community Center in South Sacramento. Below are some the insights I gleaned from the event: Violent...
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...
Want to get your teen to put down the device and connect? Seek the hidden meaning behind your teen’s complaints

Want to get your teen to put down the device and connect? Seek the hidden meaning behind your teen’s complaints

This evening over 300 parents assembled at the Rocklin Community Center to address the things they need to know and can do to help teens deal with the stresses of modern life that if unchecked can lead to depression and suicide. The presentation was delivered by...
Worried about how social media influences your child? Then understand what you can control

Worried about how social media influences your child? Then understand what you can control

Regretfully, I must open this update with the reality about the life and death decisions our children are making in the social network and in the flesh. As the Chair of the Coalition for Placer Youth I was invited to attend a vigil for a Rocklin senior high school...
Building youth resilience to violent extremism in the social network

Building youth resilience to violent extremism in the social network

In the beginning of the year, a private contractor with the Department of Homeland Security reached out to me to collaborate on grassroots efforts to counter the radicalization of youth into violent ideologies by gangs, neo-Nazis, terrorists, and other groups...