“When my oldest was away at college, he called me while I was surveying bananas at the supermarket to let me know he had just gone skydiving, and since then I cannot look at bananas the same way. All the surprises of our children are ‘banana moments’. Some are heart warming and funny; others are challenging and gut-wrenching; and yet always an opportunity to experience God’s love.”
About The Creator of Banana Moments: Joanna Jullien
Joanna and her husband live in Roseville, California. They have two grown sons. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social/Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. Her honors thesis on corporate culture was awarded the Kroeber Prize from the Anthropology Department at U.C. Berkeley, and was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Since graduating from college she has had a 20-year career as a manager and executive for information systems, manufacturing and environmental management businesses. She has a freelance contract with Gold Country Media, and produces the Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column for Examiner.com.
Joanna’s journalism mission is to strengthen the role of the parent in the cyber-powered network culture which can easily convince children all they need to know they can simply “Google”. She is an activist for youth issues and supports non-profits including The Coalition for Placer Youth (substance abuse prevention), the Biletnikoff Foundation (helping at risk youth), B.R.A.V.E. Society (peer abuse awareness and prevention), Franny’s House (helping families deal with emotional stress), and BeMoneySmartUSA (financial literacy training for youth and families and job opportunities for teens.)
Today, more than ever, parenting requires thought leadership. Our children are navigating landscapes concealed by the noise of the hustle and bustle of our hectic schedules, constant streams of media, and the increasingly extensive use of the Internet and mobile phones resulting in more isolated communications and interaction without adult oversight and intervention. Banana Moments has been developed to help parents embrace this vital leadership role with objectivity, clarity of purpose, some humor and peace of mind.
Why Banana Moments?
The title “Banana Moments” was inspired by a phone call from Joanna’s oldest son who while he was attending San Diego State, called Joanna while she was surveying bananas at a local supermarket. He had called to let her know he just went skydiving. (!) As she stared at the bananas, trying to decide which ones to take, it was more evident than ever that parenting would always involve a series of curve balls. These curve balls, past and future, are all “banana moments” now. Many are lighthearted, some are gut wrenching, and most are challenging and rewarding.
A subscription to Banana Moments quarterly will deliver the following:
- Strategies for connecting with other parents, teachers, coaches, store and restaurant managers, video rental clerks – to establish over time a network of adults in our childrens’ lives that reinforces the norms for a safe and healthy journey from childhood into adulthood.
- Insights and observations from experts about trends with youth, society and parenting.
- Real life stories and perspectives with hindsights that illustrate lessons learned and insights imperative for being effective leaders for our children leveraging the Internet and mobile communications.
- Ways to strengthen the parent-child relationship at a time when it is strained by the demands and stresses of our time.
Joanna’s first book, The Authority In Me: The Power of Family Life in the Network Culture – A Parent’s Voice in the Cyber Wilderness, encourages and inspires parents to exercise their inherent authority, which is the model for civil liberty of the American Republic: our God-given intelligent life and free will. A tapestry of personal stories and insights from Joanna’s life journey from childhood to parenting in the age of the Internet, and anecdotes from conversations with others, including experts in law enforcement, education, faith community, and health care, this book confronts the pressure to surrender our power to the voices of the “crowd” powered by cyber-communication, and offers perspective about establishing house rules as an expression of God’s love, not oppressive, which is the security our children require to thrive and build their future.
Joanna is available to speak on many of the hot topics of the day, including:
- Confronting the bully
- Why Substance abuse is fast becoming the number one problem for youth in America, and what we can do about it
- Strategies to prepare children for the safe use of social media
- The power of forgiveness in family life
To book an engagement please email Joanna at: firstname.lastname@example.org.