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...
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...
Countering the addiction epidemic: Responding to opioids and other risky drug use trends with hope

Countering the addiction epidemic: Responding to opioids and other risky drug use trends with hope

There is plenty of reason for parents to be concerned about the drug trends youth are exposed to today. Vaping is rampant among youth at early ages as nicotine and cannabis are consumed with electronic devices and are difficult to detect. Children are literally...
Why devices are not to blame for a lack of connection with your child

Why devices are not to blame for a lack of connection with your child

Recently I found a very honest and inspirational book on parenting at the local thrift store, entitled, The Key to Your Child’s Heart, by Gary Smalley. Published in 1984, Smalley (an author, educator, pastor, husband and father) shares some of the fundamentals of...
A parent’s secret weapon against online threats

A parent’s secret weapon against online threats

Key points: When parents criticize, judge and condemn other people’s children and their parents for things that disturb the peace (depression and anxiety/sexting/drug use/crime/bullying), the signal sent to youth is that it is not safe to talk about anything happening...
Steps every family can take to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic

Steps every family can take to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic

As someone who has a passion for establishing open communication about the adult issues impacting the lives of youth and families, I want to share a community’s hopeful response to the opioid epidemic which has touched every family and community in some way. Last...