Shelter in place: Resilient responses and resources for you and your family

Shelter in place: Resilient responses and resources for you and your family

During this COVID19 shelter-in-place response, the most important thing we can teach our youth is how to be aware, well-informed and unafraid. Let me offer a real-life example. The other day while on a long walk with my husband, a young boy riding his bike was...
When your child rejects parental authority: Insights about connecting and correcting a rebellious child

When your child rejects parental authority: Insights about connecting and correcting a rebellious child

A recent feature in Yahoo News describes the four parenting styles (authoritarian, authoritative, permissive and uninvolved) and explains why authoritative parenting (which is firm and kind) is the most effective for instilling discipline. In my experience, the...
Wherever you are, be there: Parenting attention in the home

Wherever you are, be there: Parenting attention in the home

One of my favorite sayings I heard over 30 years ago from a community college professor in Sacramento. At that time, I had recently graduated from university and I wanted to apply my training in behavioral science to better understand how technology could be used to...
2020 Hindsight: Make this the year of creating a culture of connection at home

2020 Hindsight: Make this the year of creating a culture of connection at home

Fifteen years ago, just before the advent of smartphones and social media, mobile devices landed in the hands of youth. At that time, my youngest hit middle school. He had purchased a “pay-as-you-go” mobile device with his own paper route money. My husband and I...
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...
Nutrition tips to help youth deal with the emotional impact of social media

Nutrition tips to help youth deal with the emotional impact of social media

Device addiction is a thing Commercial interests have used brain science associated with addiction to develop apps and devices that tap the same short-term reward system of the brain like a drug. In this way, the underlying biochemical dynamic with addiction is a...