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The Authority in Me: The Power of Family Life in the Network Culture is a breath of fresh air! Our society is drifting rather quickly in the direction of handing responsibility for our lives over to others. This stance, especially with our children, leads to parents feeling lost and powerless. Joanna Jullien reminds us of the authority we have as parents, given to us by God, to teach, guide, and protect our children. Despite what our our children say, they need us to use the authority we have to guide and protect them in the Cyber Wilderness. Joanna's warm and easy style, filled with personal and real parenting examples brings parents hope, direction, and confidence. A must read for parents! By Kim Fredrickson, author of Building a Compassionate Relationship with Yourself
This is a great primer on what parenting is like in the era of the Internet, mobile devices and social media. This is not your parents' guide to parenting. It's a well thought-out work, driven by Joanna's willingness to share deeply personal experiences (which most, if not all, parents can relate to) and the presentation of 'take-away' insights for each parent to consider as they go about their own parenting responsibilities. Joanna skillfully peels back the layers of the parenting 'onion' to expose the intricacies of today's parenting challenges then, just as skillfully, reconstructs the scene while placing relevance and perspective to each layer against the backdrop of faith and the fundamental principles which drove the founding of our country. It's a 'must read' for any parent of children from elementary to college age. Whether you choose to adopt Joanna's insights or not, the information and bearing she provides about our cyber world is reason enough to consume 'Authority in Me'.
Your child has access to the world of information, even if you have cut-off access or carefully monitor what happens in your home. That's why Joanna Jullien's book is so important for today's parents. She's done her homework and helps us understand the nature of our inherent authority to rear our children and how to keep them safe and secure despite the fast-paced, anything-goes world we live in. You and your child will benefit from the book if you have ever felt like your confidence takes a beating because you can't keep up with technology, you aren't sure if the "professional" advice you are getting is right for your child, or that your parenting strategies aren't working. Reconnect with the authority in you!
Joanna Jullien shines a bright light on the impact of the cyber realm on parenting. Prior to reading this book, I found myself discouraged and hopeless when I l came up against the network culture and issues so far out of our control as parents. However this book provided great insights and solutions which left me feeling empowered and aware of the authority in me.
Diane Mintz - Author of In Sickness and In Mental Health
This is a very well-written glimpse at one mother's journey to protecting ALL of our children against the dangers and benefits of the cyber technology of today. Any parent would be wise to read this book!