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Is social media sucking the life out of your family relationships?

Friday, April 11th, 2014
So if there is not a decent measure of peace at home. If you are feeling uneasy about your family life and your relationships with your children leave you wondering if you have done enough, or even if you are capable or are enough, take a look at what thoughts are growing in your own Garden of Eden. Are they thoughts rooted in God's promises? Or are they rooted in the expectations of the world, which can be harsh and punishing and knock our aim off of the bull's-eye.

Smarty-pants computers do not process wisdom

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

2013 December Monthly Round Up

A New York Times report last Saturday features the next generation of computer programming which has evolved from mathematical processing of data to a  neuro-relational model known as “neuromorphic processing” that involves weighing data against past experience. The new computing approach emulates the biological nervous system which mimics how clusters of neurons react to stimuli and then connect with other neurons to interpret the information received.

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Commercialism in the social network has no boundaries

Sunday, December 1st, 2013
...A recent report from the UK sites ads for electronic cigarettes targeting teens in social media are attempting to convince them that e-cigarettes are safe and the way to be cool, like celebrities. And while electronic delivery of nicotine might be a safer alternative than tobacco for smokers, the profit incentive knows no boundaries as this “safety message” is delivered to our youth. This is how a kernel of truth is twisted into a lie...

What’s jamming your parent-child communication signals?

Monday, September 30th, 2013
Yesterday Father Phil Massetti at St. Joseph Marrello Catholic Church in Granite Bay asked his congregation to think about the ways in which we jam up our ability to really relate to one another and make a loving home. “Our relationships are formed in Spirit,” he said, “And I am asking that we consider the things we do that create a type of cholesterol of the spirit.” He cites three main ways in which we wind up producing “cholesterol of the spirit” which prevents us from recognizing and responding to the needs of others: comfort of wealth (affluence), busy-ness (distracted living) and our own pain. This is such a profound truth for the parent role in the cyber-powered world our children are navigating.

How wireless connectivity may ‘disconnect’ the brain

Thursday, August 1st, 2013
013 July Monthly Banana Moments Round Up Photo: QuinnDombrowski via Flickr In a recent article in, Devra Davis, a scientist and president of the Environmental Health Trust, published an opinion piece on cell phone addiction. Citing the South Korean experience wherein one in five students are addicted to their smart phones, she urges U. S. parents and educators to take note. According to her report, South Korea is ahead of the rest of the world with regard to “Internet addiction” as their population of youth is spending the most hours per day on wireless devices. The concern Davis reports is that the brain development is evolving in a lopsided way as the left-side (reasoning/logic) is strengthened by the technology, while the right side (creativity, memory and problem solving) is underdeveloped. The term that the doctors in Seoul use is “digital dementia” according to a Telegraph June 2013 report, because the right side of the brain linked to attention and memory span is crippled thus creating problems for youth resembling an aging brain. Problem solving and relationships may prove more challenging for this generation. (See also the WSJ report.) Wireless connectivity is seductive, and so it is important that we have some way to stage our children’s engagement in the social network in a way that mitigates imbalanced development of the brain as well as unwelcome manipulation of their precious hearts and minds.

Our brains and the parent-child relationship

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Julie Anderson, founder of Your Best Mind in Grass Valley, California, spoke at the Parents Who Rock Meet up in Roseville, California this month. Anderson educates and consults with firms and families on how to understand the brain and personality connection as it relates to relationships and learning. Her message about understanding the brain and the implications for how we parent offers insight for responding to children’s individual reactions to opportunities, constraints and challenges. According to Anderson, we need to be careful that we do not confuse character with brain types influencing personalities. “Every brain has a lead. It drives the way we learn and perceive,” Anderson said. “And it can be confused with attitudes and intelligence.”

As a child speaketh, so he shall be treated in the network

Saturday, June 29th, 2013
A recent headline features Justin Carter, a Texas 19-year-old teen who, in an argument last February about an on-line game called League of Legends, made a sarcastic statement on his Facebook page saying he was crazy and planning to shoot up kids at a school. A Canadian woman noticed his post and reported it to the police; and Carter, who lives near an elementary school, was arrested and is in jail for making a terrorist threat. He faces eight years in prison. The Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre perpetrated by Adam Lanza in Connecticut last December has heightened zero tolerance for statements threatening violence. Public perception has hardened around a belief that people do what they say, especially when it comes to statements about violence. According to the report, Carter’s dad wants parents to know that social media is not a playground.

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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.