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Learning From Today’s Youth

July 17, 2010

Honored with the opportunity to mentor of group of young adults at the Detroit Impact Center, I had no idea how much they would teach me.  This week I along with a group of very intellectual males and females had the opportunity to discuss abandonment issues. People you would be surprised to know how much courage and strength our youth posses today. 

As I taught the class, I had come to find out that the majority of my group had endured  or had encountered some sort of abandonment issue.  Yet, they refused to let it defeat them.   Everyone came in smiling and willing to give me a chance to teach them.  We had a ball.  And to tell you the truth, I can’t wait to next week.

Did I also fail to mention that the young adult males took just as much interest in my books as the young ladies!  I left last Wednesday feeling so good about what I was doing.  Next week, were going to address dealing with inappropriate secrets.  I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

Adra Young

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

A great way to reduce the hyperactivity with an all preteen male class.

April 23, 2010

Teaching for almost 15 years, one thing has always remained consistent, my young preteen males or “tweens” have always exhibited a lot of energy.  From them having difficulties to sitting  in a chair to not being able to sit in a chair at all, hyperactivity within this age range from my boys have been ongoing. Observing their behavior and learning patterns, I discovered something very significant about every Tuesday.

Every Tuesday, they have physical education at 9:00am.  Picking them up from gym, I noticed that  they were calm, settled, and ready to proceed with their daily school work  and routine.  The constant body movements and the inability to not sit still in a chair was diminshed. And before lunchtime, they seemed to be much happier. You better believe as their teacher that I was happy just as well. 

Today, I partnered up with another all males class room.  For approximately 25 minutes, we allowed the boys to have a race relay against each other. They had a ball but more importantly, once again they returned to the classroom , calm, and ready to complete their required assignments.

Teachers, If you have an all males class and would like to see a positive shift within their attention spans, I encourage you to try a little bit of excercise and fresh air. It’s free, fun, and as and educator it may assist with making your day little bit more brighter as well.

Parent & Teacher Communication Together Our Power Is Awesome

April 13, 2010

Today, I had a conference with one of my parents.  The intervention was awesome.  Together as a team with asked her child  following,”what is it that we both can do to make the rest of your school year successful?” People do you understand the power of that question  when it comes collaboratively  from both parent and teacher?

Just imagine how much better off  our kids would be in  school today if more teachers and parents could come together to ensure the success of our children?  Teachers it’s time we start becoming more approachable for our parents and parents,  it’s time that we start becoming  a little bit more involved with the learning process of  our children.  Now more than ever in today’s world,  it’s imperative that we unite.

Is Your Son Or Daughter Showing Signs Of Withdrawal?

April 6, 2010
Is your son or daughter showing signs of withdrawal? As a parent do you feel as if your child, tween, or teen is acting distant or slightly reclusive? If for some reason the answer is yes to either of the questions mentioned above, most likely your son or daughter is going through a challenge they find difficult to discuss with you. Sometimes parents unintentionally missed the signs of what could be troubling their kids due to work and often life’s everyday demands.

Below are a few excerpts from my first and latest books titled The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues series and some of the possible issues your youngsters could possibly be going through.

The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues

THE CASE OF THE DOTS PAGE 19

I’m never leaving this house again! Everything was great until this year. Now that I’m twelve, my clothes are too little. Looks like my hair has even stop growing. Just last month mom and dad told me that I have to get braces. I though that was the worse! Until two weeks ago.

Two weeks ago bumps appeared on my head. The day after that, three popped on my jaw. By the end of the week my entire face was covered with pimples. They are so ugly! And now I am so ugly.

Mom and dad told me that they would go away real soon. Well, how come real soon can’t be right now? I hate looking at myself in the mirror. I can’t even see my own face anymore due to acne. Well, I tell you, I just refuse to leave this house. And until these dot’s clear up on my face, I’m gonna remain right here! Right here at home!

The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues Volume II

ANNOYING PAGE 79

I make strange noises in the class just about everyday, and the teacher jumps down my throat for it. Once she gets started, the class immediately begins to laugh. Hey, I even laugh under my breath too. The teacher’s response is always the same. She says, “I’m going to put you in a class with strange people and creatures if you don’t stop making the strange noises!”

I know I irritate her to death. The truth of it all is that there’s nothing wrong with me. I’m a perfectly sane kid. I just wish that I had cool, fun, and popular friends. Since the “in kids” hardly ever notice me at lunch, I figured they’d definitely notice me in class making strange noises.

Hopefully by next month they’ll ask me to sit at the same table with them and eat. Until than, I’ll just keep making those irritating noises in class. I don’t mean to be annoying. I’m just trying to gain the reputation I need so that I can accepted by the “in kids.”

These are just two examples of what your youngsters could be going through. I guarantee if you decide to purchase one or both of my books you would definitely stumble on or more of the dilemmas your kid could be facing.

Adra Young
Author of:  The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues Series
http://www.ardannyl.me

Firm When It Comes To Educating My Babies.

March 30, 2010

As and educator, sometimes it can be a challenge to get an appropriate return on homework assignments.  Approximately three years ago, I started a policy that allowed students to get a 15 minute head start on their assignments and the opportunity to complete the rest at home.  Well as we all know sometimes, a good thing at times can be taken for granted.

My all male sixth grade class for some apparent reason took it upon themselves to either not submit or turn in incompleted work.  Due to loving my boys, my heart told me to let it slide.  The teacher in me however chose to implement a consequence. 

Aware of the fact of how much my boys love physical education/gym, I had to take it from them this day.  In addition, the individuals who did not  turn it in had to stay back and still complete it while the remaining of the peers had the opportunity to attend.  They were not happy with me.  And yes, a few even shed a couple of tears.  Let’s just say if looks could’ve killed the good father may have taken me that very day.

After the hour had passed, I asked the students who could not attend gym if they understood why a consequence was implemented.  There reply to me was yes.  Surprisingly, my home work grades have improved tremendously. I had to be firm and provide some type of detention yet my boys learned a valuable lesson when it comes to being responsible.

Doing Things You’ve Never Done Before!

March 30, 2010

You’ll never know until you try is a statement that we are all familiar with.  More importantly, It truly hits home with me.   Four the past five years, I had this idea to put on this show for women as a tribute to Women’s Month.  My mission in putting this monologue show on was to spread a message to women everywhere about how we should build each other up versus tearing each other down.

In my mind for days and years I could actually see this show taking place, but I was simply too afraid to take the risk.  I even had a cover page with the title that remained in micro soft files.  In November of 2009, after leaving the Black Women’s Business Network Exchange created by author Tara Michener, I could not take it any longer.  I had to give birth to this dream.  After sharing the information with literary artist, and  my business partner Tracie Christian we agreed to make it happen.

In January of 2010, we auditioned our beautiful cast.  Without the help of these Detroit born actresses,  Crystal Brock, Mahulie  Christmas, LaSonya Jones Lamine, and Juanita Philliphs,  Our show titled,  “From the Outside Looking In” would have not been possible.  On March 27th 2010, not only did Ms. Christian and I pull this event off, the event was sold out.

More importantly, we accomplished our mission at raising revenues to support the Day House Shelter in Detroit, and UNA Young Professional’s association for the  Detroit Chapter.  Now that the show is over with, I’m asking myself, “Adra what the hell took so long and what were you afraid of?” As of right now, due to the success ratings of the monologue show and still floating on cloud nine from Saturday, I still don’t have the answer.

Tips on Establishing Communication Bonds Between Parents and Teens

March 30, 2010

As an educator of over 14 years and author of  The Everyday Living of Children & Teens Monologues Series, I’ve discovered through communicating with my parents that often communication ties with their kids in regards to  communicating daily are not there due to the everyday life’s demands.  Here are some helpful tips that I provided to assist.

Ask each other daily how your day has gone.  This gives both the teenager and parent the opportunity to express yourselves.

Show affection.  All teens are not affectionate however from time to time everybody needs a hug.

Parents and teens both should express their love for one another.  Days that I am absent from teaching, I always return informing them how much I missed them.

Parents and teenagers should both learn to read body language and facial expressions.  Your mouth might be saying that everything is okay yet your demeanor at that present time may be saying another.

Parents and teenagers should learn to do things together that are free.  Take more walks together or read together.  Go and feed the ducks together.  In the long run parents, when your teenagers become adults it will be these kinds of experiences that will be remembered.  It won’t be the trips to the mall.


Excited about the 2010 Virtual Children’s Book Fair

February 16, 2010

Hello World,

It’s Adra Young here. As the author of two books for children, tweens, and teens, I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the 2010 Children’s Virtual Book Fair. On February 26th & 27th, I am encouraging you to support the following authors listed below.

Tara Michener- author of the “Who I Am Series” that promotes self-esteem & diversity in kids. “Who I Am Not What I Am” Meet

Janelle, A fun girl who discovers the secret to happiness is loving herself for who she is, not for fitting into what others want her to be.

100% Real-What does it mean to be real? Meet Zoey who wonders the same thing after her classmates question her about being adopted. With the help of a close friend in Janelle and her parents she discovers that she has more in common with her family than she thought. http://www.taramichener.com

JD Holiday-Janoose The Goose likes life in the barnyard very much. She is visiting her cousin, Molly duck and her baby, DeeDee. Her vacation is over and Janoose must go home because there are no job openings on the farm. When her flight arrives home she learns that the fox has begun a crime spree. Janoose is the only one who can stop him. http://www.jdswritersblog.blogspot.com

Adra Young-The Everyday Living of Children and Teens Monologues (Volume I and II)

This series is in a class by itself. These books address multifaceted issues that kids are faced with. Parents may utilize these books to address sensitive subject matters and establish stronger bonds and communication with their kids. These books have been acknowledged for creating an acting guide that addressees appropriate socialization skills. http://www.ardannyl.me

Grace Hatton-The Guys The Roses & The Regrets; the Girl to Girl Dating Guide Written by a teenage girl for teenage girls this book offers practical tips and real life stories that will help teenage girls and young women navigate the crazy world of dating, relationships and break ups. This book is an Amazon Best Seller! http://www.gracehatton.wordpress.com

Riley Carney-The Firestone (Book one of the Reign of the Elements) Sixteen-year-old Riley Carney works magic in this high fantasy adventure story with memorable, vibrant characters, fast-paced action, and humor. This book chronicles a journey of courage, friendship and danger as a groups of teens, led by fifteen-year old Matt, attempts to save their world from an evil elf who can harness power of the elements. http://www.rileycarney.blogspot.com

Colleen Murray Fisher-The One and Only Bernadette P. This book promotes appreciating who you are, as well as accepting others. Does liking peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, or painting with your toes, or even havining an imaginary friendmake a person strange? that’s what kids say about Bernadette. But when Bernadette meets her new neighbor, Sofie she realizes that her uniqueness is nothing strange at all. http://www.collenmurrayfisherbooks.com

Dawn Stephens-The Little Pot Soon after a potter forms a new pot and declares that he has important plans for his creation, the little pot begins to wonder what its purpose will be. Will it be used to hold important documents? Great riches? Beautiful flowers? As various expectations prove wrong the little pot is cautioned to see…The little pot is a simple profound story about inevitable reversals. http://www.DawnStephensBooks.com

Dan Bodenstein-The Tale of Eartha the Sea Turtle Based on the true story of a loggerhead sea turtle names Eartha, this enchanted tale tells the story of a young sea turtle who finds help in the last place that she expected. Through colorful imagery it helps kids to help injured animals… http://www.seaturtlestory.com

Patty O’Brien Novak-Engineering The ABC’s Imagine a world without cars and computers, or toys and televisions, or movies and microwaves…then imagine a world without engineers. This book answers questions about how everyday things work and how engineering relates to so many parts of a child’s daily life http://www.pattyobriennovak.com/

Author Adra Young is Excited About the 2010 Children’s Virtual Book Tour

November 9, 2009

Hello World,

It’s Adra Young here.  As the author of two books for children, tweens, and teens, I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of  the 2010  Children’s Virtual Book Fair.  On February 26th & 27th, I am encouraging you to support the following authors listed below.

Tara Michener- author of the “Who I Am Series” that promotes self-esteem & diversity in kids. “Who I Am Not What I Am” Meet

Janelle, A fun girl who discovers the secret to happiness is loving herself for who she is, not for fitting into what others want her to be.

100% Real-What does it mean to be real? Meet Zoey who wonders the same thing after her classmates question her about being adopted. With the help of a close friend in Janelle and her parents she discovers that she has more in common with her family than she thought. www.taramichener.com

JD Holiday-Janoose The Goose likes life in the barnyard very much. She is visiting her cousin, Molly duck and her baby, DeeDee. Her vacation is over and Janoose must go home because there are no job openings on the farm. When her flight arrives home she learns that the fox has begun a crime spree. Janoose is the only one who can stop him. www.jdswritersblog.blogspot.com

Adra Young-The Everyday Living of Children and Teens Monologues (Volume I and II)

This series is in a class by itself. These books address multifaceted issues that kids are faced with. Parents may utilize these books to address sensitive subject matters and establish stronger bonds and communication with their kids. These books have been acknowledged for creating an acting guide that addressees appropriate socialization skills. www.ardannyl.me

Grace Hatton-The Guys The Roses & The Regrets; the Girl to Girl Dating Guide Written by a teenage girl for teenage girls this book offers practical tips and real life stories that will help teenage girls and young women navigate the crazy world of dating, relationships and break ups. This book is an Amazon Best Seller! www.gracehatton.wordpress.com

Riley Carney-The Firestone (Book one of the Reign of the Elements) Sixteen-year-old Riley Carney works magic in this high fantasy adventure story with memorable, vibrant characters, fast-paced action, and humor. This book chronicles a journey of courage, friendship and danger as a groups of teens, led by fifteen-year old Matt, attempts to save their world from an evil elf who can harness power of the elements. www.rileycarney.blogspot.com

Colleen Murray Fisher-The One and Only Bernadette P. This book promotes appreciating who you are, as well as accepting others. Does liking peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, or painting with your toes, or even havining an imaginary friendmake a person strange? that’s what kids say about Bernadette. But when Bernadette meets her new neighbor, Sofie she realizes that her uniqueness is nothing strange at all. www.collenmurrayfisherbooks.com

Dawn Stephens-The Little Pot Soon after a potter forms a new pot and declares that he has important plans for his creation, the little pot begins to wonder what its purpose will be. Will it be used to hold important documents? Great riches? Beautiful flowers? As various expectations prove wrong the little pot is cautioned to see…The little pot is a simple profound story about inevitable reversals. www.DawnStephensBooks.com

Dan Bodenstein-The Tale of Eartha the Sea Turtle Based on the true story of a loggerhead sea turtle names Eartha, this enchanted tale tells the story of a young sea turtle who finds help in the last place that she expected. Through colorful imagery it helps kids to help injured animals… www.seaturtlestory.com

Patty O’Brien Novak-Engineering The ABC’s Imagine a world without cars and computers, or toys and televisions, or movies and microwaves…then imagine a world without engineers. This book answers questions about how everyday things work and how engineering relates to so many parts of a child’s daily life http://www.pattyobriennovak.com/