Archive for March, 2011

Tween Girls Share Their Breaking Points In Regards to Bullying

March 28, 2011

Hello Everyone.  It’s Adra Young your favorite Tween and Young Adult author here.  I hope that everyone is having a great Monday.  This afternoon, I had the privilege of  talking with my all female sixth grade class.  Our topic of discussion was based upon their personal experience and breaking point with bullying.

One young lady stated that the situation had gotten so bad that she reported it to the school principal.  Scared to the point of not wanting to go to school, another young lady told  her aunt about the situation which resulted to her aunt addressing the bully face to face.  Feeling at that specific time that the end result would be tragic, this youngster decided to stand up for her self by simply taking the first swing at her bully.

The last youngster’s situation listed is a prime example of  how we can try to avoid a situation by abiding all the rules and regulations yet  unfortunately still unable to avoid trouble.  Wouldn’t this world be a great place if we simply all could?

Adra Young

Author of: The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues Series

Be on the look out for my third book The MisFits Coming the Fall of 2011

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Did I Give Birth To This Kid! Signs Of A Child Going Through The “In Between Phase.”

March 21, 2011

Hello everyone.  It’s your favorite Tween and Teen Author Adra Young once again sharing knowledge about kids ranging from the ages of eleven through thirteen.  Yes people, I am referring to the dreaded “In Between Phase” that every child goes through.  Unfortunately, during this process, parents experience or endure the  following from their youngsters;  A whole lot of “Back Talk”, Major attitudes, A sudden or drastic change between you and your child’s relationship.

If you can answer yes to two or more of  indicators listed below, and you are asking yourself what happened to my beautiful sweet son or daughter,  the answer is simply the “In Between Phase.”  Parents I am encouraging you to not get bent out  of shape, or worry about where you went wrong.   Believe it or not, the “In Between Phase” is one of the most difficult transistions a youngster can make. There are many changes at this time that take place during this spurt in a child’s life.  A very major one just so happens to be puberty.  Their bodies are changing and growing. Most likely there is also an increase in their eating and sleeping habits.  More importantly their brains are also changing as well.   

During this phase I encourage my parents to do the followng; Remain firm but fair,  Monitor your child’s attitude towards school thier school,  Watch for a decline in your child’s grades. Do not take the “In Between Phase” personally.  Parents I can assure you that this phase does not last forever. Hang in there.  It does get better.

Adra Young

Author of: The Everyday Living of  Children & Teens Monologue Series

Be on the look out for  my third book The Misfits is coming in 2011

What My School District Is Doing To Resolve The Bullying Issue

March 14, 2011

Hello everyone.  It’s your favorite  middle school teacher and young adult author Adra Young.    Did everyone get a chance to see the President and the First Lady speak last  Thursday?  More importantly, do you know what their topic of discussion was about?   If you guessed  bullying and how it has drastically impacted the schools all over this country, you’re absolutely correct.

As I watched the first couple addressed  this issue to our entire Nation, I thought to myself  what are some of the things various states and school districts are doing to remedy the situation?  The district that I work for, the  Detroit Public School system is currently holding a Anti Bully Design Contest. They are requesting that the youth get involved  by creating a poster, slogan, or an official DPS Anti-Bully mascot. 

Discussing the contest with my all  male class today, I asked them how they felt about our school district taking a  initiative to end bullying.   The majority of class was very happy about this step. One student stated that initatives such as this one will reduce the shame levels of kids that are being bullied.  Another  student mentioned that contest such as this one could help reduce the numbers of children that commit suicide due to bullying.  As a teacher for the Detroit Public School system, I can honestly state that this initative could be the beggining of many more to come as we tackle this issue to defeat bullying for good.

Adra Young

Author of:  The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologue Series

Get ready for my third book the Misfits coming this Fall of 2011

Tween Adult Males Share Their Tips On How To Solve School Bullying.

March 8, 2011

Greetings everyone. I’m back once again to share a conversation I had with two male adult tweens at my school here in Detroit.  The three of us at lunch time today  talked about the cold weather and the issue with bullying in today’s schools.  Although both of the young men were both victims at one time or another, they both agreed upon several things. 

The first  thing they agreed upon was that they felt safe in their home room classroom. Unfortunately they both felt that  their chances or risk of being placed  in a situation  to be bullied  took place during lunch time in the lunch room or in the auditorium.  The reasoning for their response dealt with the fact that  lunch time provides the opportunity  at most schools for all the students from various classes to blend.  I instantly had a “Aha Moment” when both males indicated that they were bullied by other students who were not in their home room classes. 

I asked the two young men to provide tips on what schools should do to eliminate bullying.  Surprisingly, I got some very creative responses.  One young man suggested that all of the school bullies be placed in the same classes together and should also be dismissed from school fifteen minutes after the rest  of student body daily.  His reasoning dealt with assuring that student body gets home safely without  having to deal with the hassle of being harassed on the way home.  The second suggestion provided from my other male student was that all administrators  go through the files of incoming students to ensure they have no record or history of being trouble makers.  His reasoning behind his tip was to ensure that  decent schools that have low incidence of bullying  and violent cases don’t become dumping grounds for students with behavior issues.

In a perfect world both of their tips would’ve been great but unfortunately this is not how the real world of education operates.  Perhaps the two of these young men may just grow up accepting roles as political figures that will allow them be involved in educational reform as it relates to bullying.

Adra Young

Author of: The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologue Series

The Misfits coming in November of  20111.