Our brains and the parent-child relationship

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Julie Anderson, founder of Your Best Mind in Grass Valley, California, spoke at the Parents Who Rock Meet up in Roseville, California this month. Anderson educates and consults with firms and families on how to understand the brain and personality connection as it relates to relationships and learning. Her message about understanding the brain and the implications for how we parent offers insight for responding to children’s individual reactions to opportunities, constraints and challenges. According to Anderson, we need to be careful that we do not confuse character with brain types influencing personalities. “Every brain has a lead. It drives the way we learn and perceive,” Anderson said. “And it can be confused with attitudes and intelligence.”

Help your child use their internal GPS for navigating texting and social media

Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Never has exercising free will responsibly been more important for children than in the social network, wherein connections can pose as relationships and a lie becomes an experience that murders the truth. In the network culture, there is pressure to believe things that are not true (you are invisible unless you are on Facebook; the voice behind the photo cares about me more than my parents do; or drugs and alcohol are the best way to relieve the stress). The real question remains, what is the aim? What is the motivation to be in the social network? It is the same question for why we are put in the world. And this is why faith matters.

Communicating with children: Parenting as an expression of God’s love

Monday, December 10th, 2012
Indeed the cyber technology powering individuals, homes, campuses and offices has raised the bar for the standard for parenting. Distracted on so many levels away from what really matters, the parent-child relationship is strained.

The lessons Dad taught me about God’s love

Friday, June 15th, 2012
And Dad did the most important thing a father can do for his children: he loved their mother who gave her life to our family.

Selecting a good mentor: Tips for parents and teens

Sunday, October 24th, 2010
We are all familiar with the tragic headlines of youth such as Phoebe Prince, a high school student in South Hadley, MA who took her life rather than face the bullying that she experienced. And more recently we heard of Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers

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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna (jullien@surewest.net) 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.