The magnificence of parenthood

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

2013 Summer Edition of Banana Moments: Family Business Quarterly

Joanna Jullien
(Photo: Christi Benz)

Welcome to the 2013 Summer Edition of Banana Moments: Family Business Quarterly.

Every new innovation (i.e., the wheel, matches, electric appliances, the automobile, printing press, guns, pharmaceuticals, Internet connectivity, and smart phones) that bring new things to life, for better and worse, finds its origin as the promise of hope in the hearts and minds of our children. So how can we control or legislate that?

It is in the realm of hearts and minds; an an inside job. It is found in the pursuit of happiness, free from manipulation.

We look with anticipation at an economy that does not see gainful employment bursting from the accumulation of wealth produced by the stock markets. We are producing college graduates who struggle with seemingly fewer, less robust job opportunities than generations past. We listen to the political rhetoric about creating jobs, but the reality is that the healthy role of government in the economy has limits  (see Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy and It Matters for Global Capitalism, by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller). There are genuine boundary violations happening as our intentions expressed at home, in the classroom, in the marketplace and in the legislative bodies strive to control outcomes (statistics and test scores) or abdicate responsibility (lack of discipline), and stifle creative thought (bullying).

I am an ancient cyber mom who looks back on this past decade with great respect and hope for the millennials, who we can call “digital natives” because they cannot imagine a world without Internet-powered communications.  They are amazing blessings from the Lord whose hearts are wired for genuine authority; they are wired for greatness. And I am not talking about the greatness of being famous on YouTube, or a celebrity in Hollywood, or a billionaire on Forbes or Fortune magazine covers. I am talking about the greatness that comes from within: that trustworthy character of the Spirit of God who is love as defined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. It is the authority in you, in me and in all our children to be free from the untruth and the nefarious, bullying influences in the social network that tell us we are not enough.

Parenting is a divine appointment. Freedom from the manipulation of the social network comes from our God-given ability to think for ourselves. Photo Cover: Christi Benz

Our children seek authenticity which cannot be experienced though edicts. It is the authenticity of believing that we are granted intelligent life and free will by our Creator, and that power to be creative and prosper, that certain authority cannot be taken, but it can be surrendered. In this regard, parenting is a divine appointment and parenthood is a magnificent journey of learning and experiencing God’s love; a journey that sets its sights on hope for a future that has no expiration date.

Check out my new book: A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media.


2013 Summer Edition Contents

Round Up

Banana Moments Blog

Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner


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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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.