Express discipline with a “clean slate” rule

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
Photo by: Lord Jim via Flickr

Photo by: Lord Jim via Flickr

Thought for the day

My two cents:  Give children need a clean slate to stand corrected after consequences for poor choices so they can be focused on the conduct that will help them stand corrected and grow into their true selves.

My faith informs me that God grants us dominion over our own heart and minds; therefore we must choose what we believe and allow others to do the same. After 50 years of life as a daughter, wife and mother, I have concluded that free will can be surrendered to fear-based thinking making us into criminals and victims, or it can be used to defend the truth, as expressed by our faith, in the face of a lie that becomes an actual experience (bullying, exploitation, addiction)  murdering the truth. It is by our faith that we are remade into victors.

Romans 8:1

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

This from Josh Shipp in The Teen’s Guide to World Domination: Advice on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Awesomeness (2010) p.124

..Your identity lies at the core of who you are… It has everything to do with who you believe you are and what you think you’re capable of. It’s the truth (or lie) that generates (or undermines) your self-confidence.

Your behavior will always follow your beliefs.

So if your mind is dominated by ghost telling you you’re worthless, hopeless, nor not good enough… your very sense of self is totally WHIPPED. When you believe the lies, when you start accepting those labels as fact, you start to act like those lies and labels are true…and before you know it, you’re sabotaging yourself…


Every day I thank God for intelligent life and my faith – an app for the heart and mind that overcomes my weakness and makes fearless collaboration possible with my God, my Lord and Savior Jesus. This “thought for the day” is an expression of  faith as a practical matter, that has been circulated through the years to a private distribution of family and  friends, many of whom I met in my fieldwork as a journalist focused on family life in the network culture.  I share this “thought for the day” with the hope that the peace of Jesus will be with you now and forever. Amen.


Joanna Jullien "Parental authority cannot be taken. It can only be lost when we surrender it."  Photo by: Christi Benz

Joanna Jullien “Parental authority cannot be taken. It can only be lost when we surrender it.” Photo by: Christi Benz

Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and speaker on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber powered world. She a mother of two grown sons, the author of The Authority In Me: The Power of Family Life in the Network Culture, produces The Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on, and is the CyberParenting advisor on The Fish 103.9FM. Her new book, A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media is now available for PC and all eReader formats including Kindle, Nook, iPad.



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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.