Your family culture can transform your home into a sanctuary
Whether you are just starting family life with infants and small children, or you are a seasoned parent with teenagers and young adults, or a blend of the two, it is never too early or late to get a fresh start.
So we all know that the Internet and mobile phones are a game changer for parenting and family life.
And sometimes we just need to hit the “reset button” in order to clear out all of the corrupting messages of the untruth in the network culture, and transform our family life into a liberating experience. There is an opportunity to form deep, rich parent-child bonds in this environment that conditions youth for authority as a relational experience, rather than a matter of structure or position.
Building a home of hearts and minds
A home is much more than bricks and mortar. It is the domain of hearts and minds. And building a home for hearts and minds involves culture – the software of the brain. It establishes beliefs and values that shape the quality of our thinking and drive behavior. As household executives, parents are the “programmers” for family life that influence and shape the character development of children.
By the same token, we live in a global, consumer-oriented, network culture that to a large extent floods our households with beliefs and values that focus on things that don’t really matter, are not true and stir anxiety. Family members are equipped with wireless mobile devices and there is a constant bullying message via multiple media streams that says you are not enough. Some of the messages include:
- The role of parents is primarily to purchase what kids need.
- What children need is to be happy, which can only be purchased via the latest app, gadget or fashion statement.
- If you are not on Facebook, Tumblr or the social media app du jour, you are invisible.
- Suffering is unacceptable – there is a medication for any ailment or chronic issue.
- Prescription pills are safe because doctors prescribe them.
- Alcohol is harmless as long as you don’t drink and drive.
Joanna offers private family culture consulting to help parents strengthen the parent-child bonds around the value of personal safety in a cyber-powered world and the character of a liberated individual. (For more information about the consulting packages contact Joanna: Jullien@surewest.net).
Hourly rate: $85
Workshops about defining your family culture to help children be resilient and overcome adversity of cyber-powered, bully trends. Bully trends do not respect the individual, promulgate untruth, stir negative emotions and evoke anxiety. To book a 3-hour workshop for your parent group, contact Joanna: Jullien@surewest.net
Standard rate is $50 per attendee, not including cost of facility, travel and materials.
To book a speaking engagement, contact Joanna: Jullien@surewest.net
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Here’s what others have to say about Fresh Start for families:
“Family lifestyles are hectic and distracted. Home is often perceived by youth as not a safe place. We work with Joanna Jullien because her parenting philosophy and teaching to help parents relate to their tech-savvy children is an essential aspect of restoring health and peace of mind for children who need to bond with parents in authentic ways.” — Angela Chanter, PsyD., Therapeutic Solutions 360 in Roseville, Ca.
“The family is an important structure; in order to function well it requires more organized thought and mindful communication than going through the motions. It is a lot easier said than done in our society today.” Christi Benz, mother of four in Granite Bay, Ca.