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...
In a world where mass murder is possible, who’s in control?

In a world where mass murder is possible, who’s in control?

In a world where it is possible for an  individual to commit mass murder, who is really in control? This is the unsettling question we ask ourselves in the wake of the recent mass murders in Gilroy, and over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton, and with the other mass...
How to rebuild trust when you find these apps on your child’s smartphone

How to rebuild trust when you find these apps on your child’s smartphone

One of the greatest challenges of parenting tech-savvy youth is balancing rules and relationships. There is much confusion between trust and faith and private and secret.  The biggest obstacle to building trust with tech-savvy youth is a parent’s fear which kills open...
Why devices are not to blame for a lack of connection with your child

Why devices are not to blame for a lack of connection with your child

Recently I found a very honest and inspirational book on parenting at the local thrift store, entitled, The Key to Your Child’s Heart, by Gary Smalley. Published in 1984, Smalley (an author, educator, pastor, husband and father) shares some of the fundamentals of...
A sixth-grader’s insights on responsible use of a smartphone

A sixth-grader’s insights on responsible use of a smartphone

This is a guest blog feature by my niece, Katie. She is in the sixth grade and I asked her to share her insights about how she is going to use the smartphone for good when her parents do allow her to receive one of her own. I offer her thoughts to help illustrate what...
Three life lessons that impact the quality of your child’s education

Three life lessons that impact the quality of your child’s education

Last week I attended the third annual California Student Mental Wellness Conference, co-sponsored by Wellness Together and the California State Department of Education. This is to share some insights about the challenges educators and students face today, and I offer...