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Koinonia Homes for Teens: Helping foster youth overcome fatherlessness

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Return to Table of Contents: 2013 Winter Edition of Family Business Quarterly

Bill Ryland, and his wife Camilla, have spent over 30 years providing a family life for foster youth. Today their own children are grown, and they operate the Koinonia Home for Teens in Loomis, California.

A Level 12 dual diagnosis residential treatment program, Koinonia accommodates 12 girls and 18 boys in separate single family homes. The foster youth in addition to coming from …

Facebook etiquette tips for parents: Be the lifeguard

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

CyberParenting Topics on TheFish103.9FM Tuesday mornings.


The cyber technology is incredibly seductive and encourages folks to “let it all hang out”. The impulsive nature of a point and click environment (i.e., who is going to stop me?), needs to be countered by the reality there is no privacy on-line and there are real-world consequences for inappropriate conduct.

So the role of the parent on Facebook is that of a guardian, much like a lifeguard, …

Teach your child to rule their cyber world

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
...Relating with your child about the house rules for texting, surfing and social media is mission critical. Here's how to help your child understand what it means to defend individual liberty...

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) …

Help children recognize lies and discern truth in the network culture

Sunday, May 13th, 2012
The beliefs to which our children are exposed tell them they are neither important, nor good enough unless they lower standards for personal security and surrender their inherent authority in the name of “freedom”...

Who will the digital natives follow? Parental authority in the digital age

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
...Today, kids believe they can Google anything and everything they need to know, and they are empowered by cyber connectivity to meet and exchange ideas and information without the stewardship of adults....

Three ‘C’s for parents leading teens in recovery

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Barry Lessin is a  psychologist  specializing in adolescent addiction and ADHD.  Through his practice in Ft. Washington, PA, he has observed the challenges parents face in supporting teens in recovery from addiction. He offers insights for parents to take charge of family life and guide your teen into recovery.

Barry Lessin, M.Ed., CACD
Licensed Psychologist
Certified Addictions Counselor Diplomate

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Parents! Seek information, not confessions.

Monday, September 7th, 2009


I have experienced it. It can be an automatic response to defend our children if they are accused of something we believe they did not or could not do, or that causes us to fear judgment from others, or our child is being treated unfairly.

The techniques now being encouraged in law enforcement would serve parents and children as well.  In a recent story, “Spotting Lies: Listen, Don’t Look”, offers great perspective. The premise is …

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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.