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The magnificence of parenthood

Monday, September 2nd, 2013
Every new innovation (i.e., the wheel, matches, electric appliances, the automobile, printing press, guns, pharmaceuticals, Internet connectivity, and smart phones) that bring new things to life, for better and worse, finds its origin as the promise of hope in the hearts and minds of our children. So how can we control or legislate that?

Parents ‘who rock’ support one another

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Photo: modify-evolution via Flickr Here’s the thing about our issues with our kids. It is largely about the parent. As with any other form of leadership, effective parenting that promotes a peaceful and productive home requires integrity and commitment to be the example. It requires discipline, which at first sounds like a ton of time and attention that we don’t believe we have in our hurried, stressed situations. The simple truth is that we are actually wired to overcome adversity, and the modern family is experiencing a lot of it.

The ‘Reason for the season’ is the secret to order and peace at home

Monday, December 24th, 2012

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In a cyber-powered world it is easy to believe we can “Google” everything we need to know.  This power to access information is very seductive, especially for young folks as discussed in a recent Birmingham Science City survey about where kids go for answers, and it isn’t parents and teachers.

But we don’t require a study to know this.  Do we?

The bigger question is: …

To spank or not to spank? How are you leading your child?

Friday, September 14th, 2012

(Excerpt from 2012 Winter Banana Moments quarterly periodical)

In a recent Time Magazine article, Why spanking doesn’t work, by journalist Bonnie Rochman, the topic of spanking surfaces once again questioning its effectiveness.

The article encourages parents to offer intelligent reactions to their child’s misdeeds because physical aggression only begets more physical aggression. An example offered is a toddler who drops her dad’s toothbrush into the toilet. Explain why it is not a good …

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 …

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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.