Archive for the 'Happiness' Category

On what it means to succeed and be happy

Friday, September 16th, 2016
Children receive a lot of input about what it will take to succeed and be happy. How can we communicate the truth that will help them realize their own potential?

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.

Teen addiction to heroin and marijuana is one treatable disease

Saturday, March 19th, 2016
Daily offers compelling insight about the neuro development of the reward systems of the adolescent brain, the shame experiences of childhood, and the nature of addiction as an illness that can be successfully treated when we focus on the illness, which he posits is not about the drug. “Addiction is an illness resulting from affect dysregulation,” he said. “It is a pathological relationship to intoxication. So it does not matter which drug is involved.”

When to say yes and how to say no to ‘friend requests’

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
When to say yes and how to say no to friend requests is an important life skill for youth growing up with the intensified peer pressures of social media. In his book, Hurt.20: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers (Youth, Family, Culture), Dr. Chap Clark concludes that the modern teen, with all of the on-line connectivity to peers and family is an incredibly lonely and stressed out generation of adolescents. And according to Student Society For Science, a recent study finds that youth with too many friend connections in their social networks are at risk for increased levels of stress which floods the brain with cortisol thus impacting learning as well as quality of life and mental health.

How to clarify the role of money in the social network

Monday, October 12th, 2015
“Social media is so incredibly superficial,” he said. “It is easy to be manipulated. So building trust with youth at home is incredibly important.” Davis describes trust as a cord of strands, wound together like a cable. “These are the deposits we make into the emotional bank accounts of our children through our regular interaction with them,” he said. “So we need to control our reactions to the things they say and do they will not be driven away.”

Two things every modern teen needs to succeed

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
This morning Banana Moments Foundation, a Roseville non-profit education center to strengthen parent and child trust bonds in a cyber-powered world, hosted a symposium on teaching youth to know their own worth. The symposium took place at the headquarters of Living Smart Foundation, a non-profit youth financial literacy and employment center in Carmichael. Marie Hall, founder of LSF, was one of the featured speakers who explained self worth as the engine of prosperity. “When I teach youth about financial literacy, I don’t start off by talking about money,” she said. “I teach to the psychological aspect of money – the beliefs, desires and values that impact decisions about earning, spending and saving.”

What is free wifi really costing you?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
I recently went to Disneyland with friends and you would not believe the amount of people, parents on their phones. Here’s the thing, take your pictures, but posting them on Facebook and/or Instagram can wait. It sets a bad example for children. Teach them to stay in the moment. I think children are sometimes way more present than adults.

You have more in common with your smartphone than you think

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
It is only human to “reach for the stars” and share our dreams with one another, but we can’t actually make these things reality if we settle for a habitual routine of “liking” and posting.

Instagram should be a treat, not an obsession

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Your Instagram isn’t you And don’t expect people to think it is. Please, please, please, don’t define yourself with social media. Your person should not be determined by which of your pictures got the most “notes”, comments, or “likes”. Your person should be determined by the things you do for real, that have a true impact, and the way in which you treat others. I’m going to bring up again that you shouldn’t turn a blind eye on opportunity. The opportunities that you choose to take while you’re not looking at your screen, are the things that will truly define you and the path you’re meant to take. The description you think of for your profile means nothing. Neither does your URL or the people you’re with in your posts. So I advise you to take caution and if you find yourself feeling a little too close to your digital self, take a step back and spend some time on the things that matter. Take extra time to think of your favorite qualities about yourself and enhance them. Maybe improve your in-person communication skills so that people can get a better idea of who you really are.

If you want to know what someone is doing, ask them in person

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
I can’t tell you how many times I have had a conversation with someone over text about what I’m doing. And I’ve gotten and seen many more texts saying “I’m so bored” and “I have no friends”. It baffles me.

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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.