What the college admission scams say about our parenting culture and the plight of our youth

What the college admission scams say about our parenting culture and the plight of our youth

Recent news stories about the college admissions scandals illustrate how this modern “achievement generation” of parents believe that their child’s life is a trophy for their own mantles, and also reinforce an entitlement mentality that undermines the resilience youth...
How to know ‘what’s trending’ in your own child’s heart and mind

How to know ‘what’s trending’ in your own child’s heart and mind

Do you really know what’s trending in your child’s heart and mind? More often than not we are making assumptions based upon our own life experience as a child/teen and as a parent. Nevertheless, what’s trending in your own child’s heart and mind is the most important...
How the sciences of addiction, faith and recovery inform prevention strategy

How the sciences of addiction, faith and recovery inform prevention strategy

(Below is the message Joanna shared with parents, educators, law enforcement, faith leaders and community leaders at the Coalition for Placer Youth, State of the Youth Community annual luncheon at 180 Church in Rocklin, last May 25. Joanna serves as the Chairperson...
Cannabis 101 for parents: Two truths about today’s pot

Cannabis 101 for parents: Two truths about today’s pot

Community leaders, law enforcement, health educators and cannabis industry business leaders convened at Squaw Valley in Tahoe last May 12 to collaborate in a regulatory response to the legalization of marijuana (cannabis) via Prop 64 in order to protect the health of...
Why talking about teen marijuana use is so difficult and necessary

Why talking about teen marijuana use is so difficult and necessary

Last Thursday, parents, educators and counselors gathered at Victory High School in Rocklin for a workshop on teen wellness and the risks of marijuana use by youth. Open to the public, this event was co-sponsored by the Coalition for Placer Youth, Wellness Together,...
‘Stop yelling at me!’ Why your child may not hear what you have to say

‘Stop yelling at me!’ Why your child may not hear what you have to say

This update features how important it is to distinguish our opinions from wisdom in this latest Core Connectivity post: Why loving tech-savvy youth requires us to surrender our opinions. Easier said than done because the world conditions us to lead conversations with...