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Now more than ever, our children need parents to lead them. Authority that was once ascribed is more relational; popular culture and Internet and mobile technology expose and empower our children to engage in increasingly risky ideas and activities at earlier ages.

“We can’t teach what Banana Moments offers parents,” said Kelly Graham, Principal at Olympus Junior High in Roseville, Ca., “It’s a good message at a time when our children are exposed to so much through Internet-enabled tools.”

Joanna’s ‘aha moment’ sponsored by Mutual of Omaha


Cyber Safety for Kids and Families on TheFish103.9FM

with Joanna and Jodie

This week

Are parental control apps helping or hindering communication with your teen?



Who is in charge?

In a world where it is easy to believe you can simply “google” everything you need to know, who needs a parent, educator, coach or physician to impart wisdom?

The Authority In Me 

A book about parenting with peace of mind in a cyber powered world.

Photo Cover: Christi Benz


A Google World in the Garden of Eden:

Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media

Parenting is a divine appointment, and freedom from manipulation of the social network comes from our God-given ability to think for ourselves. That authority cannot be taken away.

Purchase via Amazon (Kindle) 



Family Business Quarterly

Balancing reason and emotion: Taming the mama and papa bear



2014 July Monthly Round Up

Teaching children to be content with the consequences of their own choices


New Resource

Reviving Parenthood

Photo: Christi Benz

Photo: Christi Benz

Upcoming Events


Virtues_FINAL_happiness_jpegCommunicating the practical value of virtues to the cyber-powered kid.

Please join us for a meaningful, practical seminar on the fundamentals of parenting to communicate the practical and relevant value of virtues as empowerment and authenticity for your child in a cyber-powered culture that convinces youth to accept norms about sex, drugs and their identity that are well beneath them. (Access flyer).
When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6:30 PM – 8PM AND (encore) Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:30
Location: 7200 Auburn Folsom Road, Granite Bay, CA 95746, Phone: 916-786-5001, for more information contact: Jullien@surewest.net

Social media lab for parentParentingComputerLab_view5b (4)

Please join us for a training to bring parents up to speed on how youth are using texting and social media. At this lab you will learn 1) the diverse and dynamic landscape of social media apps, 2) how to set parental controls for devices, and 3) how to navigate privacy controls with the social media apps your children have permission to use. This training will also feature cyber rites of passage as a framework for maintaining open communication with your tween and teen about responsible use of social media and texting. (Access flyer: )
When: Saturday, September 6, 9am to noon
Location: 7200 Auburn Folsom Road, Granite Bay, CA 95746, Phone: 916-786-5001,
For more information contact: Jullien@surewest.net


About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna (jullien@surewest.net) and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.