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Roseville author, mom to speak in Roseville

Joanna Jullien helps parents check their ‘blind spots’
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Local author, speaker, journalist and mother of two grown sons Joanna Jullien will present a talk on “blind spots” and the parent-teacher relationship from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Barnes & Noble, 1256 Galleria Blvd., Roseville.

“Blind spots are the aspects of our children’s and students’ lives that we cannot see,” Jullien explained in a press release. “We are not present 24/7 and we don’t see all aspects of our children’s lives and how they behave in all circumstances. The popular

culture, especially cyber communications via texting and social media, cultivate and inspire ideas and behavior that suggest to children there are ‘no limits.’ All the while we parents and teachers may be operating on beliefs, assumptions and anxieties that engage our blind spots rather than helping our child to become a better learner.”

This talk explores how parents and teachers can partner to overcome blind spots. Jullien conducts research and fieldwork about the impact of texting and social media on family, peer and community relations. Her book, “The Authority In Me: The Power of Family Life in the Network Culture,” examines how “mustard seeds of faith” strengthen the role of parents to help children find peace in a cyber-powered world.

The Barnes & Noble café will offer a free talk drink to attendees April 13 who present their copy of “The Authority In Me” on their Nook (http.tinyurl.com/92ohnag). The event will also feature educational materials and free goodies, and refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited. RSVP to jullien@surewest.net. For more information, visit www.bananamoments.com or follow Jullien on Twitter, @CyberParenting.