Archive for the 'Parent-child relationship' Category

On forming a united front in the family

Saturday, September 24th, 2016
Learning how to love and be loved is like archery lessons that teach us how to cast out fear: aim for the bulls-eye, where the love of God rests and there is peace. Hopefully we are all learning how to become better versions of ourselves, holding one accountable with a mercy and a heart full of hope and faith that the grace of God carries us forward closer to Him when we seek His face.

On becoming a better version of myself as a mother

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Whatever your religious beliefs, every parent must decide if they are confident that their child can learn how to think for himself/herself in a hyper-connected world that can convince us of things that are not true.

Whatever your religious beliefs, every parent must decide if they are confident that their child can learn how to think for himself/herself in a hyper-connected world that can convince us of things that are not true.

I have come to truly appreciate the trust God has placed in humanity, that he would grant us the capacity to procreate – to bear children and be responsible for their upbringing and care. Through my motherhood journey, I …

Making a family in the social network

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

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My faith informs me that to become holy is to care about what God cares about first and foremost and then to not allow the priorities of the world influence my desires because then I can easily deceive myself that what I want is what God wants. God wants every human being to be a part of His Holy Family, which is the Kingdom of heaven forged by a spirit of adoption through faith. In …

For the love of fathers, husbands, sons and brothers

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

shutterstock_199317464_sad_teen_male-640So by my faith I know that the purpose and power of women in marriages, families and communities, as mothers, daughters, sisters and wives, is to pray for our men so as to fully communicate the love of God expressed in Romans 8:38-39, and by faith equip their hearts and minds with abundant grace, as fathers, husbands, sons and brothers. This can only be accomplished when I ask for divine guidance in responding to the …

Cyber-safe thinking

Monday, August 15th, 2016
My faith teaches me that the only way to gain understanding is to experience life with a heart full of gratitude to God for my own intellect and free will. This is my capacity to learn how to love and be loved fearlessly, as God does. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

My two cents 08-04-16

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Shame_kills_communication_2My faith tells me that the gift of intelligent life and free will requires me to carefully examine my thoughts, because that is where pride starts: in a lofty thought which may be subtle and reinforced by society. Being successful in the culture of man, does not begin with seeking and doing the will of God. So in this cyber-powered society, I pray for wisdom in all things, so that my path is in alignment

Teaching youth mindful use of social media: An app for the heart and mind

Saturday, March 26th, 2016
... it is important to consider how humans are capable of making their own “hell” on earth (i.e., feelings of isolation, powerlessness and worthlessness) by believing things that are not true, acting on them (thus disturbing the peace) and focusing on things that don’t really matter. This is the danger as the cyber realm becomes a single point of reference for life. Bullies, pedophiles and sex traffickers are counting on it...

What teens need parents to know about their social media experiences: Loneliness is the new norm

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
This generation of teens is the incredibly lonely – a great irony considering the ubiquitous role cyber technology plays in the life of modern teens with ongoing conversations in large networks populated by group photos, shared selfies and “likes” 24 hours a day.

Family-safe on-line photo sharing and posting tips

Sunday, March 13th, 2016
A recent New York Times article featured a recent survey led by the University of Washington that indicated youth do not appreciate parents posting photos and sharing about their life events. According to the report, the children were more concerned about what the parents were posting about them than the parents. The survey results indicated that three times more children than parents agreed there should be rules for parents posting stuff about their children on-line. This problem of living with a paparazzi-type lifestyle made possible with social media exposes youth to ...

When your child points out your faults, how do you respond?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
When my youngest (who is 25 years old today) was 12 years old, he called me into the garage. He had been sorting the recycling. That was one of his incomes in addition to a paper route and walking dogs in the neighborhood. “Oh maaaa-ther!,” he called, in a very whimsical tone. He opened the garage door from the hall in our home, to reveal all of the recycling sorted, and in the very center were all of the empty wine bottles… and there were a lot of them. It is important to note here that I am the consumer of wine in our home. I usually have a glass at dinner and while preparing dinner. He smiled and suggested, “Let’s count them, shall we?”

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.

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