“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

Photo: Christi Benz

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 free 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's new book helps parents prepare children for the social network. You can download free Kindle reader apps for all mobile devices. Purchase at Amazon.

Joanna’s new book helps parents prepare children for the social network. You can download free Kindle reader apps for all mobile devices. Purchase at Amazon.

Joanna’s second book, A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media, helps parents with the challenge of governing the home in the social network. It is uncharted territory and the parenting strategies of previous generations are not sufficient. By creating a family culture that respects the individual, children can learn how to be responsible users of texting and social media.  This book addresses the fundamental ways in which parents can govern their homes to engage children as learning executives who make good decisions on and off line.

This guide will help you:

  • Implement house rules to express family values such as: God’s love, liberty, safety, forgiveness, peace and honesty
  • Avoid the modern parenting pitfalls including: abdication, friend parenting, helicopter parenting, and confusion between trust and faith
  • Maintain ongoing parent-child dialogue about on and off line happenings
  • Set age-appropriate boundaries for use of mobile devices and social media
  • Edifying ways to track the applications family members are using
  • Strengthen healthy parent-child bonds into adolescence and adulthood


Photo: Christi Benz

Joanna is available to speak on many of the hot topics of the day, including:

  • How to apply your faith to overcome the undue influence of texting and social media
  • Overcoming the bully in the social network
  • 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:  jullien@surewest.net.

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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.