Archive for 2013

How to help kids prevent and recover from risks involving drugs, sex and bullying

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
...Whether your child has suffered trauma from bullying, being exploited sexually, failed relationships due to cyber-powered gossip and betrayal, or suffers from addiction to drugs, porn or devices and apps including video gamming, our challenge as parents is to respond to the human condition with a heart at peace so that your child can believe you are a trustworthy resource for prevention and recovery support. Parents who criticize others outted for risky choices and conduct (such as sexting or drug abuse), for example, send strong signals to your own child that is is not safe to talk about what is happening in their world on and off line without fear of retribution; and then it is not possible to impart wisdom. It is not possible to provide the prevention and recovery support kids need from parents for all the experiences in their life that make up critical decision points impacting their personal security. So I have come to appreciate the following clarification for the modern parent when it comes to understanding our role in prevention and recovery for all of the risks life presents our children: Prevention and recovery are the arms of God’s love. It is a big bear hug that wraps our compassion around the person who is our child; it is our passion for our child to be free from the bondage of any relationship that keeps them aimed far away from the heart of a healthy relationship with God and family. The big question for the modern parent is: what do you believe about the human condition? Really, how do you perceive sin? Is it a judgy thing that does not apply to you and your child? Do you believe that your sincere parenting will guarantee your child will be safe from the pitfalls? How do you understand the mighty, cyber-powered pressures of the world that intensify bullying, addiction and exploitation?

Anatomy of a parent’s heart: How to care for your child in the social network

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
This feature on the anatomy of a parent's heart draws from Joanna's parent workshop, Fresh Start, which teaches parents how create a family culture to overcome undue influence of texting and social media.

Succeeding in life: Overcoming distraction and learning challenges

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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Our learning expert, Bonnie Terry, has developed a phenomenal consulting practice around helping kids with ADD/ADHD issues become successful at school. Terry’s book, Family Strategies for ADD/ADHD Kids, explains the possibility of overcoming distraction which is increasingly commonplace in our modern lifestyles. Children with ADD/ADHD are considered to be especially vulnerable to distraction, having difficulty concentrating on a task at hand and

Restoring good faith at home

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
...The voices in this edition offer practical perspectives and ways to demonstrate good faith with our children dealing with the modern issues growing up in a cyber-powered world including maintaining open parent-child communication, overcoming distraction and learning issues, recovering from risky choices, bonding in single parent households and blended families, and empowering children to create a peaceful society.

Is texting helping or hurting your child’s happiness with friendships?

Monday, November 11th, 2013
The cyber attacks happen often because communications behind a screen make it easy to be mean, and to lose inhibitions and without self-restraint there is little opportunity for people to smooth over misunderstandings that lead to hurt feelings. I believe that over reliance on texting as the channel for communication encourages a surrender of personal power that can leave our children with many unhappy friendships marred by scars of offenses created when attempting to resolve conflict from behind a screen rather than face to face.

The top three things parents do to prepare a child for the internet

Monday, November 4th, 2013
...The aim of parenting in a cyber-powered world is to become a trusted resource for your child in all matters on and off line. This is the blessing of the power crisis for the family ushered in by internet connectivity....

How to teach forgiveness as a family value that keeps children cyber safe

Monday, October 28th, 2013
Human beings are feeling creatures who think. So whether we intend to or not, every one of us eventually winds up offending others or being offended by others. It is a big part of the human experience. So forgiveness is critical for cyber safety because without it a hostile spirit prevails in our children’s cyber-powered peer communities as resentments become expressed as bullying, and children keep risky secrets (such as being bullied or exploited). Below are some points to help clarify forgiveness as a family value:

Teaching teens how to be more valuable at the workplace

Sunday, October 27th, 2013
Most of you (teens) believe that you are paid by the hour for your work, but in reality, we pay you based the value you bring to that hour of work. Dan Clark, a certified speaking professional of the National Speaker Association Hall of Fame in Salt Lake City said it perfectly – “When the value you bring to an hour at work exceeds your pay for that hour, you become a more valuable employee, and as a result, your job may be more secure, you may have more potential to advance in your career, and you’ll have happier, more fulfilling workdays.”

The homework dilemma: Can homework be good for you and your child?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
Homework can be a very emotionally charged topic, as the volume of work expected to be done at home creates time management challenges for parents and students alike, starting at very early ages. The social and extra curricular schedules of children and families make very little room for homework or down time. Many parents are working long hours, only to be confronted with children challenged or upset about getting the homework done. So I asked our learning expert, Bonnie Terry, to help us get some perspective on the value of homework and how to prepare children, especially the learning challenged, to handle it well. Terry is a best-selling author of Family Strategies for ADHD Kids, Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills, and Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills and one of the co-authors of Amazing Grades is with us today. She is a Board Certified Educational Therapist and internationally recognized as America’s Leading Learning Specialist and the founder of BonnieTerryLearning. Her curriculum materials are used world-wide. Bonnie is also the host of Learning Made Easy Talk Radio and is a frequent media guest. Bonnie is a mother of 3 gifted kids who also happened to have ADHD and several learning problems.

How to “like” your child in the social network

Monday, October 14th, 2013
High school students will tell you that while they have a Facebook account, they do not spend much time there. The other apps they are using more frequently include Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat, or kik! And the main artery of communication remains texting, and there are a plethora of free apps for texting on tablets and smart phones.

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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.