What the college admission scams say about our parenting culture and the plight of our youth

What the college admission scams say about our parenting culture and the plight of our youth

Recent news stories about the college admissions scandals illustrate how this modern “achievement generation” of parents believe that their child’s life is a trophy for their own mantles, and also reinforce an entitlement mentality that undermines the resilience youth...
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...
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...
Finding the opportunity to create positive social norms for tech-savvy youth in a state with legal adult-use cannabis

Finding the opportunity to create positive social norms for tech-savvy youth in a state with legal adult-use cannabis

Last month, over 900 educators and school counselors convened at William Jessup University in Rocklin to attend the Second Annual Student Mental Health Conference. The event was organized by Wellness Together, a non-profit devoted to student counseling services with...
Tips to help teens manage stress

Tips to help teens manage stress

Last week, Dr. Lucy Vezzuto, Coordinator of the K-12 Student Mental Health and Social and Emotional Learning program at the Orange County Department of Education, addressed over 200 parents at the Rocklin Community Center about the stress youth experience and what...
Family talking points about Prop 64 and marijuana use among youth

Family talking points about Prop 64 and marijuana use among youth

Last week, Jon Daily, LCSW, CADC-II, spoke to therapists, physicians and counselors at Sierra Vista Hospital about the challenge Proposition 64 presents youth. Passed last November, Proposition 64 is California legislation that decriminalizes and regulates the...