Crucial conversations about the hidden agenda behind vaping and other things trending in your child’s life

Crucial conversations about the hidden agenda behind vaping and other things trending in your child’s life

Executive summary The commercial interests hired experts to craft social media campaigns to engage minor-aged youth in vaping. The response to these commercial efforts using e-cigarette technology to get youth as nicotine consumers includes 1) a Surgeon General...
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...
Educators respond to the student mental health crisis: What tech-savvy youth need from parents

Educators respond to the student mental health crisis: What tech-savvy youth need from parents

Last week I delivered a training to educators and counselors on how parents can learn to instill learning discipline among tech-savvy youth at a state educators’ conference. Attendees traveled to Rocklin from across the state to learn how to promote mental health...
Understanding the pros and cons of anxiety in a cyber-powered world

Understanding the pros and cons of anxiety in a cyber-powered world

I recently came across an article in Psychology Today about the correlation between social media and anxiety. This is of great interest to me, because parenting tech-savvy teens requires us to better understand how the young hearts and minds in our families and...
Why loving tech-savvy youth requires us to surrender our opinions

Why loving tech-savvy youth requires us to surrender our opinions

One of the most important things modern youth need from parents today is wisdom which is often confused with opinion. Human opinion may be informed by wisdom (lessons and insights from life experience), but it always offers limited understanding of a person, situation...
Understanding the pros and cons of anxiety in a cyber-powered world

How your child’s mindset will reinforce or overcome learning disabilities

(This is a reprint from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com) This morning Bonnie Terry, owner of Bonnie Terry Learning center, spoke to parents about ways to overcome learning disabilities, such as ADD/ADHD and dyslexia, at St. Joseph Marello...