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...
How to discipline your child without punishing them

How to discipline your child without punishing them

In a recent article Washington Post columnist, Claire Gillespie, questions the modern wisdom of giving unruly children “time-outs” as the best method to instill discipline. A mom of two older children and expecting a third soon, she says she never used time-outs and...
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...
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...
Can parents teach children to love their neighbor? A response to the Pittsburgh massacre

Can parents teach children to love their neighbor? A response to the Pittsburgh massacre

Our Core Connectivity guest blogger, Dr. Susan G. Weinberger, founder of the Mentor Consulting Group in Norwalk, CT, is a dear friend and colleague.  Over the past 12 years we have shared a passion to respond to the issues of modern youth by educating one another...
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...