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...
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...
Get your teen to share hopeless thoughts and experiences with you

Get your teen to share hopeless thoughts and experiences with you

Executive summary Studies and personal experiences indicate that tech-savvy youth are more vulnerable to depression and suicidal ideation than pre-internet generations Parents and youth are dealing with strong barriers to the head-to-heart communication essential to...
How to avoid burnout when caring for loved ones with anxiety, depression or addiction

How to avoid burnout when caring for loved ones with anxiety, depression or addiction

As a result of our network culture lifestyle, we are all more vulnerable to believing things that disturb the peace. Especially for youth, it is easy to believe things that are not true  (such as “I am not worthy of love and acceptance,” and “all my parents care about...
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...