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Worrying and caring: Why they are not the same thing

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
So let us be clear. Worrying is not the same thing as caring because it is the product of fear, not love. And worry is in my opinion the most toxic temptation of the modern parent given the truly perilous network culture that encompasses the modern childhood.

Is being right more important than your relationship with your child?

Saturday, January 18th, 2014
My two cents: Being right is not more important than your relationship with your child. If you are primarily concerned about being right, then you risk alienating your children which makes imparting wisdom nearly impossible. It is possible to correct your child with a merciful heart. Sometimes your child may need to forgive you for being right, because he is offended by the truth. When that happens, invite your child to think about forgiving you for doing your duty or being "right", thus leaving the door open for more conversation and learning something about one another. ... Habakkuk 3:19 The Lord God is my strength, And he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, And he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

When you are at your wit’s end with a persistent problem with your child

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Thought for the day When you are at your wits end with a persistent problem with your child...

Let us not be double-minded with our children

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Let us not me double-minded with our children.... My two cents: I must confess my weakness and double-mindedness about my identity as a child of God. Sometimes I find myself feeling lost and inadequate. I forget about the miracles God has made manifest in my family and community by the power of faith. When I am focused on my personal agenda and achievements in a very small-minded way it feels like another miracle when I reevaluate with the lens of my faith – a gift from God that offers comfort and the knowledge that the victory has already been won. Therefore what is left for me to do is simply honor His will.

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.

In other words, …

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.

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.

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.

Healing a broken child: Anxiety, mental health and restoring the brain in the network

Monday, May 13th, 2013
...My faith informs me that God’s promises are true, that parenting is a divine appointment and that He never gives us more than we can handle. God doesn’t make mistakes. Whatever was happening with my son I knew would be used to the good. So in my mind, I heaped the mountains of fear and anxiety crowding my heart aching for my son’s suffering into a wheel barrow and walked it to the foot of the Cross. I thanked God for my son in all of his suffering, I prayed for revelation about what was wrong and what could be done to restore his health. I declared God’s grace over his entire situation. And then my son’s heart opened to hear God’s promises from me. And it was revealed to me that the root of my son’s condition was an alignment issue. Yes. Alignment. What a powerful, healing concept.

Tips to replace yelling with improved communication at home

Friday, May 10th, 2013
...According to Lee, the purpose of communication is so we can be seen, heard, loved and valued. Yelling, as a strategy, conveys the opposite. It doesn’t serve any real purpose and it does not signal that you treasure or respect your children either.

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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.