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Signs that you are a mentally-fit cyber parent

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
While you can establish age-appropriate boundaries it is not possible to have control over your child and the technology, and fearful thoughts can consume a parent (i.e., worrying or micro managing) and can make you un-relatable or hostile which kills open communication essential to cyber safety because kids can easily hide risky experiences from parents. That is why parenting tech-savvy kids requires mental fitness which comes from the confidence of your faith.

De-escalating anxiety about transitions to middle school, high school & college

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

My two cents

How to love_Fresh StartOne of the most difficult things for the modern parent to accept is that our minor children are actually responsible for their own thoughts and actions, and the sooner we help them realize this the better.  Learning how to be self-governing, requires holding youth accountable for their own actions with forgiveness and grace. This is the discipline of love.

Consequences + Love = Empowerment

On August 4 and an encore on August …

Why parents should not grant their children privacy on or off line

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Cyber Safety for Families with Joanna and Jodie on 103.9FM The Fish Family Morning Show

no parents allowedThe number one reason why parents should not grant privacy to their cyber-powered tweens and teens: Without parental guidance and wisdom in critical private moments, cyber-powered peer communities can become a single point of reference for life. The world convinces parents and youth that kids need, or have a right to privacy from their parents. And yet nothing could be …

Give yourself & your child a break from cyber anxiety

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
You cannot give what you don’t have. Indeed it is easy to be seduced into seeking your emotional and spiritual fulfillment by measuring the response of the crowd. So how do parents prepare their children to be resilient and confident in their navigation of the social network?

Underage use of social media: How parents can plan for it

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Social media and texting has become such a normal part of daily life it can easily be perceived as a right, rather than a privilege. The minimum age for use of social media has been set at 13 years, but it is not possible for media sites like Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and Twitter to enforce that users are truthful about entering their date of birth. Kids at younger ages are tempted to get into the social media mix, which is a concern because in the cyber realm many adult issues are exposed to very young hearts and minds.

Off-line safety zone to confront the pain: Building resiliency to addiction

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

This article was originally published in the 2012 Spring Edition of Banana Moments: Family Business Quarterly – featuring youth issues and resiliency.

Barry Lessin works with youth and families struggling with addiction and he wants parents to understand that addiction happens when we are overwhelmed with an anxiety response to stress…

In today’s cyber-powered world, there are more stressors for children at earlier ages from managing your image in social media (including dealing with cyberbullying) …

How to instill social network confidence in your child

Monday, May 21st, 2012

CyberParentingTopics featured on TheFish103.9FM Tuesday mornings

  •  1.     Why is confidence so important in the network?

Confidence is defined as being certain of what to do in most situations.

It is the opposite of being insecure.

Confidence is important because our children are being challenged by so much uncertainty and untruth in their on-line worlds.

When children are confident, they involve parents in appropriate ways (see example 1) when they encounter a bad situation involving cyber …

Hero logic and anti-bullying

Monday, May 7th, 2012
Cyberbullying is one of the prevailing concerns of parents and what most people do not realize is that bullying requires a victim mentality as every bully will tell you why they are offended by the target and why she deserves it.

Redemption from addiction: Ryan’s story

Friday, April 13th, 2012
“I would rather be in prison with a clear mindset than in society as a troubled kid with a substance abuse problem…. My family’s continuous love and encouragement makes me want to be a better person.” – Ryan Crandell

When kids do the unthinkable

Friday, April 13th, 2012
When our children do the unthinkable, like suicide, use and or abuse of drugs or alcohol, dealing drugs, burglarizing homes, or armed robbery – it is one of the most devastating things that a parent can experience. The idea of “who” their child is, a healthy, productive citizen with a good future, has been murdered by a series of poor choices that can only be owned by the child.

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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.