Archive for August, 2013

Dr. Maya Angelou Motivates Educators of Detroit Public Schools This Morning.

August 22, 2013


Hello everyone. It’s your favorite tweens and teens author wishing everyone a happy Friday Eve. Every year prior to heading back to the classroom, Detroit Public Schools offers professional development for it’s teachers. This morning hundreds of educators gathered at the Detroit Renaissance center for a real treat. Motivational speakers have come far and wide to speak with us yet, none could ever in my opinion compare to the honorable Doctor Maya Angelou.

Her pitch was so smooth that it could calm a sea. Her words and the delivery of her speech were both eloquent and informative. She captivated us so that you could not hear a single peep from the audience. Because of her presence as well as her presentation, I will never forget this day. Yes people, history was made this morning in Detroit.

Tips on Establishing Communication Bonds Between Parents and Teens

August 16, 2013

Image Hello everyone. As we all know it’s very easy  for communication to either stop or totally dissolve with teens and tweens. The fault or reason for this occurrence  falls upon no one. It can easily happen to any parent.  The “tween” and “teen”  stage can be difficult and challenging for both parents and youngsters. Below are a list of things to either get the court on the ball rolling or, get it back to where it use to be.

1. Ask about their day. Ask your youngster on the daily basis how their day has gone. This gives both the teen or tween the opportunity to express themselves.

2. Show affection. All teens and tweens are not affectionate however, everyone needs a hug from time to time.

3. Learn to read body language. Parents, I can not address how imperative it is to pay attention to the disposition of your youngster. Their responses to your questions during the time you converse could be good yet, their body language may possibly indicate just the opposite. Closely observe them to make sure that their body language and responses are in sync.

4. Do memorable things together. Ride bikes, and go feed the ducks together. In the long run, these are the kinds of experiences that will be remembered by your child.

The Signs or Indicators of a Bullied Youngster

August 9, 2013


Hello everyone.  It’s your favorite tween/teen author and educator here today to share with you some pointers on identifying  a  youngster being bullied.  Parents back to school time is just around the corner and here are some definite signs to look for.

  1. Pretending to be ill.  Yes youngsters will try to run this one on us from time to time however, kids who are being bullied fake ill to avoid going to school to keep from being harassed by their in-school predators.
  2. A change in attitude. If your youngster is normally a happy-go-lucky individual who’s made a drastic switched to being a mean kid no one wants to be around or bothered with, this is also a another sign. The reason behind your youngsters attitude change most likely has to do with the fact that they are being bullied and they have no idea of how to address it with you.
  3. Signs of withdrawal. Your child who use to want to be around everyone who loved being involved in extra curricular activities has totally shut down and now lacks the desire to do anything.  This is the result of a youngster ashamed of the fact that they have become a victim of prey and sense of hopelessness has set in. I forewarn all parents who take notice of this occurring with their youngster to monitor them at a very close range. Signs of withdrawal can lead to depression.

Parents back to school time should be an exciting fun time for all kids, however, if for some reason your child starts to display any of the indicators listed above, please talk to them and present the situation to your youngsters school administrator.

The importance of reading to kids and making it fun!

August 3, 2013


August is one of my favorite times of the year in Detroit.  Each year General Motors sponsors a spectacular event called the Reading on the Riverfront Series. Local authors from the area get a opportunity to read their childhood favorites to the kids in attendance. Having had the opportunity to participate in this event for three consecutive years in a row, I always read my all time favorite Green Eggs and Ham.  I love getting the kids excited and involved. It’s fun to have the kids echoing back, “I do not eat green eggs and ham.   I do not like them Sam-I-Am.”  Allowing kids to echo back parts of a story makes it both fun and, at the same time exercises long-term memory skills. Parents I recommend you try doing it sometimes. It’s fun and a learning activity all in one.