Fresh Start

We are now Core Connectivity

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On April 9 we kicked off the One Million Fresh Start Families by 2020 campaign with a new brand and website: Core Connectivity – A Foundation to Empower Families. Banana Moments Foundation will continue to serve as the 501-c-3 parent corporation for this initiative.

Go to Core Connectivity to see current articles and resources.

Your participation is easy and makes a difference. Go to $1 Quick Start to a Fresh Startand enroll in this campaign by purchasing the 10-minute video for one dollar.

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Your family culture can transform your home into a sanctuary

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Whether you are just starting family life with infants and small children, or you are a seasoned parent with teenagers and young adults, or a blend of the two, it is never too early or late to get a fresh start.

So we all know that the Internet and mobile phones are a game changer for parenting and family life.

And sometimes we just need to hit the “reset button” in order to clear out all of the corrupting messages of the untruth in the network culture, and transform our family life into a liberating experience. There is an opportunity to form deep, rich parent-child bonds in this environment that conditions youth for authority as a relational experience, rather than a matter of structure or position.

Building a home of hearts and minds

A home is much more than bricks and mortar. It is the domain of hearts and minds.  And building a home for hearts and minds involves culture – the software of the brain. It establishes beliefs and values that shape the quality of our thinking and drive behavior. As household executives, parents are the “programmers” for family life that influence and shape the character development of children.

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

By the same token, we live in a global, consumer-oriented, network culture that to a large extent floods our households with beliefs and values that focus on things that don’t really matter, are not true and stir anxiety.  Family members are equipped with wireless mobile devices and there is a constant bullying message via multiple media streams that says you are not enough.

Universal concerns about parenting cyber-powered kids

  •  The technology changes so quickly, it is hard to keep up
  • My child knows more than I do about apps, devices and how to use them
  • When is the right age to get my child a mobile phone? And then what?
  • We have multiple households with different rules and expectations
  • Kids expect to have privacy and trust and being the parent feels like a major offense
  • Bullying and other hostile, exploitive interactions concern me
  • My child spends too much time with media and texting
  • My gut is screaming there are secrets being kept from me; I feel like it’s too late

Training components

  • Seven short, high-impact lessons on the network culture, new demands on parents, family culture, communication strategies with discussion questions
  • Four exercises and with worksheets to think deeply on how childhood and parenthood are impacted by cyber connectivity
  • Glossary of terms to clarify key concepts like private, secret, trust, and faith
  • Cyber rites of passage to groom kids for cyber-secure independence in age-appropriate ways
  • Final products include: family motto, family creed, and a short set of house rules

Purchase your copy of the Fresh Start manual

Professional Training/Trainer Certification

  • Professionals working with children who suffer from anxiety, depression and addiction, often encounter challenges when parents are uncertain or lack confidence about their leadership role at home to promote healing. What if there was a resource to help you engage the parent as a part of the healing?
  • Fresh Start is a crash course for parenting in the social network. As a self help book, parents learn to build a family culture with hands on lessons and exercises, to build trust, establish open communication, and foster individual resilience.
  • Sign up for a Fresh Start Trainer Certification class to offer workshops to the parents in your practice and/or school community. For more information about certification, contact Joanna Jullien

Here’s what others have to say about Fresh Start for families:

“Family lifestyles are hectic and distracted. Home is often perceived by youth as not a safe place. We work with Joanna Jullien because her parenting philosophy and teaching to help parents relate to their tech-savvy children is an essential aspect of restoring health and peace of mind for children who need to bond with parents in authentic ways.” — Angela Chanter, PsyD., Therapeutic Solutions 360 in Roseville, Ca.


Mary Lisa Patton, B.A.Psych, CADCII, IS, NCFAC, counsels parents and adolescents on addiction issues at her counseling center called Beloved Recovery in Roseville. She offers insights about the use of baby gadgets and bonding.

Mary Lisa Patton, B.A.Psych, CADCII, IS, NCFAC.

“As a professional, Fresh Start … opened up my world to new issues my clients and their families may experiencing in their search for connection and healing…The family motto and value section is an invaluable tool. When a family comes together with a purpose or creates a new purpose that was non-existent before, it strengthens the family system.” — Mary Lisa Patton, B.A.Psych, CADCII, IS, NCFAC, founder of Beloved Recovery.


“The family is an important structure; in order to function well it requires more organized thought and mindful communication than going through the motions. It is a lot easier said than done in our society today.” Christi Benz, mother of four in Granite Bay, Ca.



Kim Fredrickson, M.S., is a marriage and family therapist in Roseville, California who teaches self-compassion as a fundamental way to reinforce our capacity to relate to others. Check out her book: Building a Compassionate Relationship with Yourself.

Kim Fredrickson, M.S.

“Fresh Start is profound in its simplicity… I encourage you to buy this book and dig into its principles. Don’t let our cyber-culture take time and relationship away from your family.”Kim Fredrickson, M.S., MFT in Roseville, Ca., and author of Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend.




Private consulting

Joanna offers private family culture consulting to help parents strengthen the parent-child bonds around the value of personal safety in a cyber-powered world and the character of a liberated individual. (For more information about the consulting packages contact Joanna:

Hourly rate: $125.00


Workshops about defining your family culture to help children be resilient and overcome adversity of cyber-powered, bully trends. Bully trends do not respect the individual, promulgate untruth, stir negative emotions and evoke anxiety. To book a 3-hour workshop for your parent group, contact Joanna:

Standard rate is $50 per attendee, not including cost of facility, travel and materials.


To book a speaking engagement, contact Joanna:

Banana Moments Newsletter and other books by Joanna

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The Authority In Me was written to help parents be confident about their inherent authority for the protective cover of their minor children, and how to assert it in a cyber-powered world.

Joanna’s new book helps parents prepare children for the social network. You can download free Kindle reader apps for all mobile devices. Purchase at Amazon.

Parenting is a divine appointment, and freedom from manipulation of the social network comes from our God-given ability to think for ourselves. That authority cannot be taken away.


Purchase Joanna’s books at Amazon (Kindle) 






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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.