Help foster youth experience meaningful connection through reading

Help foster youth experience meaningful connection through reading

This fall I attended a regional event on parenting children suffering from trauma, hosted by Defending the Cause, a non-profit dedicated to helping people of faith communities connect with local resources to help youth by strengthening families. One of the resources I...
What ‘Beautiful Boy’ says about addiction and family relations

What ‘Beautiful Boy’ says about addiction and family relations

Executive summary Suffering is a part of the human condition. And families have power to decide what to think about and how to respond to suffering. Brain science tells us that addiction is a form of suffering; it is a pathological relationship to intoxication* making...
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...
Seven truths about sex offenders that every parent needs to know

Seven truths about sex offenders that every parent needs to know

Last week Anthony Harland, AMFT, MS, CADCI, with Sharper Future, spoke at the monthly meeting of Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment in Sacramento. His topic: Sex Offender Myths, Assessment and Treatment. In his practice, Harland specializes in working with...
Insights to improve the tone of communication at home

Insights to improve the tone of communication at home

Growing up with apps and devices introduces a level of chronic stress for youth and parents alike which can result in hostility. Communication is always a two-way street in that listening is involved. For parenting tech-savvy youth, it is easy to believe that we need...
How parents can help tech-savvy youth dealing with adult issues

How parents can help tech-savvy youth dealing with adult issues

This article features my remarks at the annual meeting of the Raising Placer/Coalition for Rocklin Youth, hosted at 180 Church in Rocklin, May 17, 2018. I am a founding member of Raising Placer, Coalition for Placer Youth and Coalition for Rocklin Youth, and currently...