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...
Three steps to connect with your tech-savvy child

Three steps to connect with your tech-savvy child

Last month at the Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment, Sacramento Chapter member meeting, Dr. Suzanne Pereira, Clinical Director at New Dawn Treatment Centers in Sacramento,  spoke about the process of wellness transformation in response to addiction as a...
Signs your smartphone is controlling you and your family

Signs your smartphone is controlling you and your family

As an educator and coach on parenting and family life, I have studied how the pedophiles and commercial interests engage tech-savvy youth so they can exploit them. To that end, I teach caring adults how to engage youth to empower them and impart wisdom. In this...
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...