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BULLY AND THE BYSTANDER

by J Richard Knapp
First, bystanders may be afraid to get involved. These people fear becoming the new target of the bully or even getting hurt while defending the victim.

Second, some bystanders are confused and unsure what to do - so in turn they do nothing at all. Bystanders need a plan of what to do. These bystanders may choose to disassociate themselves with the victim, which may result in deep feelings of guilt.

Third, some bystanders are actually rewarding the behavior of the bully and support the incident which is occurring. These individuals need to be held accountable for their behavior. It is not unusual for these witnesses to blame the victim and attempt to vindicate the bully.
I am often concerned about some anti-bully advocates telling the bystander to intervene on behalf of the victim. This is easier to suggest rather than do. Imagine the courage it would take to stand up for someone you view as strange or a 'loser'. Intervention takes great courage and moral fibe…

TEENS: GIGGLES TO TEARS

Do you have an adolescence or teen in your household? What if you have more than one? Oh my! If that is true, I hope you take the time for a little 'R & R' (research & restraint). Your child is about to experience one of the most confusing and frustrating times in their human development - and it may last for years!
LOOKING BACK I used to joke when my daughters were teens, "If I could just put them in a brown paper bag when they turned 13 and take them back out in about 3 years, they would be beginning to act like human beings again." All joking aside, I was quite wrong in the number of years that teen changes were beginning and ending. Research tells us today that teen development likely begins at the onset of puberty, which in fact could be as early as 10 and even younger in some children. In other words, the age of puberty continues to become earlier and earlier in children as time goes by.
THE BRAIN IS CHANGING TOO In relationship to the onset of puberty, …

A Little Humor For Today

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to "clean up" the bird's vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. 
The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and acti…

BOOK OF CODES FREE

Do you have a 10 to 13 year-old? I am placing Book of Codes kindle free for Friday and Thursday (1/17/20 - 1/18/20). This book is full of humorous and mystery!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NNWXK86/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2

Female Bullying

As a former bully prevention researcher, it is heart-breaking to see that our females have become the dominant gender bullying in the last decade - and it's not even close! AMAZON

CHANGES: The Book of Kati Series

Notes From J Richard Knapp    

In our first book of The Book of Kati series, Changes, our intention was to focus on introducing our main characters and the first day in middle school.  The main character (Kati)  is confronted with the wanting to change her look which leads her to become the target of a bully. 

This book has been a best seller in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Classroom teachers everywhere have loved it.

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Teaching Thinking In The Home

Do you truly teach your children to think?  I recently had the opportunity to observe a 10-year-old boy learning to code a basic computer
program. For those of us computer challenged, coding is the programming language that designs software, apps, computer games, and even websites such as mine. Is this a lesson for gifted children? Actually not! Everyone can learn the basics of programming in this day and age - we just need to learn how to think!
The first step in this boy's learning was to teach him basic vocabulary, facts, and rules. This was his foundation to coding. A designed activity followed to engaged the boy in demonstrating that he really understood the foundation. (Note: There were no time restraints on this child's learning. Why must we rush our kids?)
And then... wonderful things began happening! The boy looked at the entire foundation and began systematically analyzing it. He examined carefully all the parts and how they related to each other. This was followed …