Archive for 2010

Making the Net work for you

Monday, October 4th, 2010
 Entrepreneurial Strategies for Success
 The Business of Life Series

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 Topic:  Relationships matter


 Today’s cyber-powered connectivity calls into question: what really constitutes a relationship?

“Facebook is really beneficial for staying in touch when friends go away to different colleges,” said Jordan Santos, a Granite Bay High School graduate last summer headed to San Diego State this fall, “but we need to understand that messaging on Facebook and texting is not a relationship.”…

Purpose-driven cyber life

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010
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The Business of Life Series

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Pursuit of your dreams and achieving your goals requires organization on your part.

Organizing your life requires you to take charge of the things that are in your control and not allow yourself to become manipulated by the agendas and desires of others. 

One big aspect of your life, that requires self-control is how you use the Internet and mobile phones.

In …

On finding a good mentor – for teens

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

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The Business of Life Series

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Topic: Shape who you are

 Why it is important to seek mentors in the pursuit of career and academic goals

If we believe that others and our past control our destiny, then we are helpless puppets motivated by fear.

The truth is that life is a series of choices, and at any time we can change our lives for better or …

Become the entrepreneur of your own life – for teens

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
Motivation is the drive that compels you to do something or accomplish a goal or task... Our thoughts, shaped by beliefs and values, provide an engine for motivation. If we believe that we have something of value to offer the world, and that prosperity is something we create by our own choices, big and small, then we have a strong foundation for motivation that is positive and enduring to pursue a vision and goals.

Teens become the entrepreneur of your own family life

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Business of Life Series for Teens

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Topic: Family success

How to integrate self with greater good (family and society) in managing the business of your own life.
Families are the initial source for our beliefs and values that drive our actions – or motivate us.

Distinguish between friend community and family. A friend community is transitory and circumstantial; a …

Distracted parenting and cyber technology

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Recently,  New York Times ran a timely piece by Julie Scelfo, “The risks of parenting while plugged in”.  This article prompted me to inquire with eParenting expert, Sharon Cindrich. This is her reply:

Distraction, alone, is the biggest hazard. Time can fly when you’re online, and it only takes a few minutes for a young child to get into a dangerous situation when they are unsupervised.

Probably the most common hazard and least considered …

Here's the thing about hookah

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Parents! File this one under “if it’s sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.

The popularity of hookah, a water pipe used to smoke tobacco sweetened with molasses (called sisha) has surged with college and high school students as the safe alternative to smoking cigarettes.

Many children have convinced their parents that hookah is safe because the water pipe collects “harmful particles” (just look at the dirty water). Shisha is sweet and comes …

Why forgiveness matters for our children

Sunday, January 24th, 2010


bananas-11“To forgive is indeed the best form of self-interest since anger, resentment, and revenge are corrosive of that ‘summum bonum,’ the greatest good.”  – Bishop Desmond Tutu


It is easy to become offended. 

Perhaps your husband drinks too much, your child lied to you about something very important, whenever your wife does the laundry you have pink underwear, or a stranger attacked you. 

Forgiveness, so often misunderstood and underutilized, can strengthen family bonds and demonstrate …

How to inspire kids to do chores

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Chores and inspiration are not usually combined in the same sentence or thought. Even the word “chores” sounds like something to avoid. It is possible, however, to inspire children to take on specific assignments and even get their friends involved.

By creating an economy of  “household jobs” that assigns a point value to each job or task as outlined in the four steps below, you can give your child the opportunity to exercise some choice …

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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna ( 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.