Things over-functioning parents do that disable children

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
The over functioning parent emerges when parenthood is perceived as an “achievement” and we blur the lines between our own life outcomes and those of our children.

Responding to the unthinkable things kids can do: Let your faith inform you

Monday, January 14th, 2013

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In hundreds of conversations with law enforcement, educators and pastors, it is clear that kids are doing things that most of us find “unthinkable” and many parents are caught off guard or remain ignorant.  From sending and receiving inappropriate or sexually explicit photos, gossip, bullying and abusing medications/alcohol, children are exposed to and engaging in activities that are beneath them at earlier ages.

There is no shortage of …

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

Monday, December 24th, 2012

CyberParenting Topics on TheFish103.9FM Tuesdays returns January 8, 2013


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: …

How emotional intelligence helps resist bullying of network pressure

Monday, December 3rd, 2012
One of the most important things we can do as parents is not be fearful when dealing with our children’s circumstances. If your child gets into trouble, the most important thing to do is not freak out, so they can have an opportunity to relate to you about it and seek your wise counsel. We first must be able to help our children know they are forgiven, and their poor or risky choices will have consequences which they can endure, and they can stand corrected.

What to do about the entitlement mentality disabling children

Monday, November 19th, 2012
Our children are raised in a network culture that rejects boundaries and limits. What I love about Peggy’s book is it illustrates how allowing children to be entitled is actually disabling them. In today's consumer culture where parents have become first and foremost consumers, and then "friends," it is so important that as we provide for a modern lifestyle that also includes the blessings of discipline and character.

Who is the bully? Why faith matters

Monday, October 8th, 2012
In this context of the global network culture amplifying all things changing and uncertain, the American Republic is a model of authority that empowers us to confront the bully, or the insecure side, which for the founding fathers was simply defined as tyranny.

Respect for the law can bring peace to your cyber-powered home

Monday, July 16th, 2012


(Excerpt from Fall 2008 Banana Moments: Family Business Quarterly) When it comes to the law and parenting, a generation ago it was a more simple matter. Parents were “the law”. Children caught doing stupid things that were illegal, such as vandalism, burglary or consumption of illicit drugs and alcohol, would be turned over to their parents.  There was an expectation that the parents would impose appropriate consequences to correct their conduct – and everyone knew …

Relating to kids about individual resiliency in a cyber-pressured world

Monday, June 25th, 2012
... “Whether it is meant this way or not, it feels like whatever you do or fail to do in high school determines the rest of your life,” said one class of 2010 Granite Bay senior who further explained that binge drinking and ecstasy are huge releases. “Students work hard and party hard,” declared this same teen...

When kids do the unthinkable

Friday, April 13th, 2012
When our children do the unthinkable, like suicide, use and or abuse of drugs or alcohol, dealing drugs, burglarizing homes, or armed robbery – it is one of the most devastating things that a parent can experience. The idea of “who” their child is, a healthy, productive citizen with a good future, has been murdered by a series of poor choices that can only be owned by the child.

Post 9/11 fear-based paradigm of the network culture

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
When Al-Qaeda made its menacing presence known to the world on September 11, 2001, it symbolized for me how vulnerable we are in the network culture. The cyber technology that enabled so much prosperity,

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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.