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...
How to manage age-appropriate use of screen time: Cyber rites of passage

How to manage age-appropriate use of screen time: Cyber rites of passage

The advent of the internet and smart devices in daily life has advanced so quickly that our parenting culture has not had a chance to anticipate how naturally children adapt to and master every innovation. Studies are underway to measure and record the impact on...
How to discipline your child without punishing them

How to discipline your child without punishing them

In a recent article Washington Post columnist, Claire Gillespie, questions the modern wisdom of giving unruly children “time-outs” as the best method to instill discipline. A mom of two older children and expecting a third soon, she says she never used time-outs and...
Six ways parents care for the souls of their children

Six ways parents care for the souls of their children

Last Saturday I attended a seminar on Parenting and Soul Care at the Rock of Roseville facilitated by Dr. Ken Logan who specializes in neuropsychology, trauma, and relationship enhancement. Informed by his scientific inquiry, Logan offers a very practical view of soul...
How to avoid burnout when caring for loved ones with anxiety, depression or addiction

How to avoid burnout when caring for loved ones with anxiety, depression or addiction

As a result of our network culture lifestyle, we are all more vulnerable to believing things that disturb the peace. Especially for youth, it is easy to believe things that are not true  (such as “I am not worthy of love and acceptance,” and “all my parents care about...