Archive for the 'Teen Drug Use' Category

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.

Parenting children who know too much

Monday, March 25th, 2013
In this “it is all about me” world of texting and social media, children can know way too much for their own good. More importantly, they are easily conditioned to keep the parent out of the equation when they are searching for answers and they risk becoming lost in the faulty-thinking of peer communities that frankly do not respect the individual.

America’s love affair with drugs and the impact on youth

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
As a youth substance abuse prevention activist, over the past ten years, I have come to appreciate that the confusion and fear over the nature of drug and alcohol addiction - especially with minors - has created a code of silence among adults, and driven youth drug and alcohol abuse to levels so extreme it creates a new norm for addiction. In June 2011, the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse declared youth substance abuse the number one public health problem in America.

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 …

2012 Summer Edition: Identity, bonding and success

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

This is the introduction to the 2012 Summer edition of Banana Moments: Family Business Quarterly. Subscribers look for PDF attachment in your email. To receive the PDF with articles, subscribe.



For the 2012 Summer edition of Banana Moments: Family Business Quarterly I chose to feature the book, Born Digital, by John Palfrey and URS Gasser (2008) which offers insights about the experience of children who grow up in a world …

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) …

Youth suicide, resiliency and relating in the ‘net’

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

This is the introduction to the 2012 Spring edition of Banana Moments: Family Business Quarterly. Subscribers look for PDF attachment in your email. To receive the PDF with articles, subscribe.



For this Spring 2012 edition of Banana Moments: Family Business Quarterly I chose to feature the book, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2012: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Bolles because it offers very hands-on ways to discover our …

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”...

Redemption from teen addiction: Jeff’s story

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Chapter 6 – Authority of the Indomitable Human Spirit 

Jeff Mason’s Story

(This excerpt from The Authority In Me, a book by Joanna about  the power of family life in the network culture, addresses the challenge of parenting when our children have fallen into the traps of risky choices and buy the lies of the network culture – and how important the voice of parental wisdom is for our children at home and in

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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.