Job and Career Planning for Teens

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Book Blog.

Today, I’m having our favorite Child Psychologist, Dr. Valerie Allen, share a topic for our teens…

Job and Career Planning for Teens
by
Dr. Valerie Allen


As teenagers progress through high school their career plans may boarder on whimsical, fantasy,
or the far fetched. Parents, don’t be alarmed! What must Mrs. Disney have thought as her little
boy, Walter, kept drawing all those mice? It’s good to think big and plan accordingly, however,
it’s also important to consider “Plan B,” just in case fame and fortune doesn’t come overnight for
your special teenager.

Arts and Humanities: skilled production of creation and/or presentations for aesthetic
appreciation and/or recognition. Think: artists, creative writers, journalists, musicians,
entertainers


Construction: processes in the building trades which help citizens in their living environment
and life styles to meet their needs. Think: architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers,
tradesmen, .

Education: application of knowledge in research and helping individuals in gaining skills and
techniques necessary to accomplish tasks. Think: professors, teachers, trainers, researchers.
Government: developing and enforcing the system of community living at the local, state, and
national levels and regulation of quality standards for the production of goods and services.
Think: politicians, lawyers, judges, law enforcement, policy makers, city planners.


Health and Welfare: maintaining the physical and mental well-being of humans, as well as being
active in the care of animals as they impact on the overall well-being of society. Think: medical
field, mental health professionals, case workers, veterinarians, personal trainers, life coaches.
Manufacturing: the design and production of goods and materials in an effort to make a product
suitable for consumer use. Think: factory production of parts and pieces, heavy equipment,
machinists, factory workers, assembly line.

Personal Services: aiding individuals in their daily life functions as related to their needs and
desires. Think: direct patient care, case workers, vocational/career guidance workers, barbers,
cosmetologists, health and beauty spas.


Product Services: the repair and maintenance of goods being used by the consumer. Think: auto
services, appliance repairs, mechanical engineers, infrastructure maintenance, utility workers.
Natural Resources: the management of environmental reserves in the production of goods and
materials to satisfy the needs and wants of the consumer. Think: forest workers, fish and wildlife
officers, pollution control, waste management workers, recycle and re-purpose workers.
Recreation and Entertainment: the application of artistic skills and talents for an individual’s own
pleasure and/or the pleasure of others. Think: sports, spas, gyms, playgrounds, zoos, culture,
entertainment.

Trade and Finance: involves the process of exchange of goods and services as well as monetary
services, to aid both the producer and the consumer personally or professionally. Think:
banking, investing, insurance, real estate, stock market, bookkeepers, accountants, loan officers
Transportation and Communication: the transfer of goods and people by air, land, or water and
the transmission of information throughout the community and world society. Think: airline
pilots, boat captions, train conductors, big rig drivers, bus drivers, computer/IT workers


All jobs are classified into one of three categories; those involving people, data, or things. There is,
of course, overlap but the basic focus of a job is in one of these three classifications. This list of
career clusters would be helpful to assist your teen to explore where his or her skills and interests
might be found. You can use this information as a good talking point with your teen.

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She has written a work book for teens and parents, “Go to the Guidance Office and Ask the Counselor About Career Choices.” Amazon.com/dp/B08L5LKZ86
She has also published two children’s chapter books, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New
Friends ” and a picture book for beginning readers, “The Sun and The Moon.” Amazon.com/author/valerieallen.
Oh yes, she has also raised six children from whom she has learned many things about life and love.

Thank you, Dr. Allen, for being a guest on my blog today and helping parents everywhere help their child be a success!

As always likes, comments, and shares are appreciated!

Thank you everyone for reading my blog.

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Reading with Franky the Finicky Flamingo

There is nothing like spending time with children to put a big smile on your face!!

I had that opportunity this past Friday when I was invited to a local Mom’s Group to read Franky the Finicky Flamingo.

 

I should have counted the children but I lost track after 8. They were all about 3 years old and under. They played with the toys available and interacted with each other. It was little girl with gray t-shirt on with a pink flamingo on the front and a saying that says, "Party Like a Flock Star"super cute! The host’s daughter was very outgoing and engaged everyone.

There was a little girl who was shy (I, too, was shy as a child so I knew how she felt) and she didn’t want me talking to her but she did eventually get over the fact that I was in the vicinity and started playing with the host’s child. She had an adorable flamingo shirt on for the event. See picture to the right.

One girl had gorgeous curls and so did one boy.  I love curls!

There was laughter and tears (when someone’s finger got caught on something or a head bumped) but those were short-lived.  Each Mom knew their child’s cry and they were quickly attended to and comforted and then went back to playing while at the same time, Moms were catching up with each other. Ah, the joy’s of being a parent! It was beautiful!

But, this is what parenting is all about right?! There’s stress but there’s laughter and hugs and quiet moments and loud moments. There’s times when you think you can’t take it one more moment and then your child looks at you and says in their sweet angelic voice, “I love you, Mommy.” That’s when you realize you wouldn’t want it any other way.

I can say that because I’m the Mom of a grown child. I remember the days of having a young child in the house. Toys are never quite all the way put up because they are in the midst of being played with. There’s bottles on the sink, there’s projects left undone. You feel like you’re not going to live through this time. But, you do. And when you look back, it’s the best time of your life!

I loved the energy of the host’s home. It was bright with hand-painted pictures hung up on the wall with tape. There were bright colors and kid-friendly chairs. It was perfect!

After about 30 minutes of playtime and Mom’s visiting, we made our way to the living room. The 3 year old children sat right in front of me and kept their eyes on me the whole time. The younger ones played nearby. A couple of children sat in their Mom’s lap.

Wanda Luthman, children's author, reading picture book Franky the Finicky Flamingo to children
Faces are pixalated to protect identity

I read my book and interacted with the children by asking questions and clarifying a few big words. I think they enjoyed it! They clapped afterwards.

I took the opportunity to share my upcoming Halloween book (Hayley the Halloween Cat) with the children and they are definitely interested in seeing it once it gets all done and made into an actual book!

I’m so grateful that I was able to spend some time with these wonderful women who value reading to their children and understand the need for community with other Moms. It was heart-warming to see the next generation parenting so well. I have great faith in the children coming up, even in this crazy world.

These children are loved. Their parents are supportive. And play is paramount.

I can’t think of a better place to spend my time. I’m thankful that my books will be part of the fabric of their lives to encourage them to be the best little people they can be! I have no doubt they will be wonderful!

Franky the Finicky Flamingo picture book cover by Wanda Luthman and illustrated by Mara Reitsma showing Top Shelf Nomination Award and Mom's Choice Award emblems
Available on Amazon

Shy vs. Social Children

 

Dr. Valerie Allen

Licensed School Psychologist. Rehabilitation Counselor

 

Shy vs Social

New situations can be intimidating for all of us, children and adults alike. There is an element of emotional risk involved when we deal with the unfamiliar. There is the possibility of rejection, judgment or criticism. Children especially feel awkward and perhaps shy when encountering new situations. They have not yet experienced many of the successes and positive outcomes that adults have learned from social interaction.

Encourage your child to participate in new experiences which will help them:

  • Learn new skills
  • Gather information
  • Make new friends
  • Build confidence
  • Discover their talents and strengths
  • Work with different authority figures
  • Follow rules
  • Meet people with common interests
  • Meet deadlines
  • Improve organization skills
  • Overcome challenges
  • Help others
  • Develop a sense of community
  • Take pride in their accomplishments

Hobbies and volunteer experiences provide excellent opportunities. Some suggestions are after school clubs, scouts, sports, church youth groups, or community service organizations. Volunteers are welcome at libraries, animal shelters, and walking for a cause. Groups often come together for the benefit of others, making hygiene packets for the homeless, collecting picture books for young children, donating canned goods to food banks, helping senior citizens with lawn care and home repairs and caring for animals.

 

Help your youngster be more confident, outgoing and socially aware as he or she grows into becoming a successful adult.

 

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She presents seminars for parents and professionals in the field of child development and has published two children’s books, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends.” Oh yes, she has also raised six children!

6 Important Money Management Tips For Kids

pink piggy bank with coins laying around the bottom of it

 

Dr. Valerie Allen

Licensed School Psychologist ~Certified Case Manager

Money Management for Kids

 

Money management for children begins by establishing a connection between work and earning power. The next step is to help children understand the difference between “What I want” and “What I need”. To manage money effectively, children need to experience both immediate rewards and the ability to work toward long term goals. Once they make the connection that money is earned as a result of their hard work they will soon learn how to save and spend wisely.

Here are some ways that parents can help kids with their cash.

  1. Start Even preschool aged children understand a reward system that is based on performance. Children can earn praise, stickers, and treats by fulfilling expected behaviors, following rules, being cooperative, and taking care of their belongings.
  2. If/Then Contracts. Set an expectation and follow it with a consequence. For example: after you finish your food, you may have dessert; when you pick up your toys, then you may watch television. This leads easily into performance contracts with older children. After your room is cleaned, then you may go out. When you finish your chores, then you get paid.
  3. Connect Money and Work. No handouts! Do not tie money to rewards nor take it away as a punishment. Payment is based on task performance. Decide which household chores are required simply as being part the family routine. This might include making their bed, clearing their dishes from the table, and so on. Next create a list of extra household chores each week with a specific payment. Once the job is completed, payment should be made. Be careful not to withhold payment for misbehavior or other unrelated matters.
  4. Save and Spend. Have them save 10% of their earnings and allow them to spend the rest as they see fit. Start a savings account. Have children take their money to the bank or credit union. To encourage long range plans, have them save their pennies in large jug. On their birthday match whatever they have saved and put half in the bank and use the other half for a party.
  5. Needs and Wants. Establish the tasks that you will pay for and agree on a specific amount of money. Also discuss quality control. If they want something they cannot afford, they should be encouraged to take on another task or save toward their goal. If they want something beyond their means they should use their own money.
  6. Limit Restrictions.  Discuss and mutually establish any rules about how they may spend their money. For example, if you do not allow them to purchase certain food items, books, or CD’s establish this at the on set.   Otherwise, do not interfere with their spending. Be careful not to rescue them by providing funds for things they can buy for themselves. Do not get involved in pay back schemes, lOU’s, advances, or extending credit!

Helping your youngsters follow these tips will give them an early start on the road to financial planning security.

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She presents seminars for parents and professionals in the field of child development and has published a children’s book, “Summer School for Smarties.”  Oh yes, she has also raised six children!

Spikes for Hank Teaches Self-Acceptance

Spikes for Hank, a children's book, by Anita Kovacevic

Hello, everyone! Thank you for stopping in today. I want to introduce you to a very talented children’s author named Anita Kovacevi. She will be introducing us to her newest book, Spikes for Hank, today. I have read one of her other books and just loved it! I can’t wait to read this one. Please welcome, Anita…

SPIKES FOR HANK by Anita Kovacevic

What can you do when you are a tiny hedgehog, and your parents keep telling you to roll into a ball and defend your life with your spikes? So much worry and constantly having to hide from danger leaves you with no fun, no play and no friends. Or does it?

3-D image of Spikes for Hank children's book by Anita Kovacevic

Hank Hedgehog lives in a beautiful forest surrounded with all sorts of animals, both dangerous and friendly. His parents love him so much that they try, a little too much, to protect him from harm. Eventually, Hank starts hating his spikes and becomes very lonely. However, all good families have problems – once they talk them out, and with a little bit of help from friends, the world can be a wonderful, fun and exciting place again!

Having over 20 years experience in teaching and storytelling with children and adults, I know very well that children need to be involved in a story while it is read, and what helps them relax and open their minds and hearts up in that reading niche is having someone they trust ask the right questions at the right time. Sometimes adults who read the stories with children need a little help in that department – some of them don’t realize talking to kids while reading is a good thing, whereas others know it is good, but lack ideas for questions. Therefore, just like all my children’s books, Spikes for Hank also contains simple illustrations and questions after each chapter to help both children and adults enjoy themselves, using the story as starters of more conversations, developing empathy and strengthening children’s problem solving skills. These questions do not interrupt the flow of text, but follow each chapter, and one does not need to read them to be able to follow the story line.

The book also contains riddles and coloring pages in the final chapters.

Spikes for Hank, a children's book, opened to a page for a "sneak peak"SNEAK PEEK

From the FOREWORD:

We are all born with some part of ourselves we don’t especially like. In fact, sometimes we hate it and wish we were different.

But with time, and a little help from our friends and family, we all discover we are as we are for a reason, and each of us is special and unique in our own way.

Sometimes, quite often in fact, what we thought our weakness turns out to be our most prized possession. Would it not be a dull world if we were all the same?

From one of the chapters:

‘I’m a tiny hedgehog, love my spikes and all,

When danger comes my way, I just roll into a ball.

If you want to harm me, know my spikes can sting.

Just let me go my way and I’m a happy thing.

 

My spikes are superpower – they help me do some good –

No winter is too long when I gather food.

Apples, mushrooms, pears, they all stick when I roll.

So no one goes hungry when deep snows fall.’

From the riddle section – about Hank’s unusual animal friend:

YES, ALAS, MY FATE IS SUCH.

I’M SNEAKY AND SLEEZY WAY TOO MUCH.

SO EVEN WHEN I’M NICE AND KIND,

YOU WONDER WHAT IS ON MY MIND.

THE AUTHOR’S MESSAGE from the AFTERWORD:

Everyone always talks about the magic that happens when a child reads a book or hears the story. I love it, too.

But you want to know what my favourite moment is?

It is when children finish reading the story and step out of it, bringing the magic with them into the real world. When they finish Alice in Wonderland and realize there is always more than one way of looking at the world. When they read The Little Prince and know the box can contain anything you wish – it is all up to us.

There are so many stories which can empower us all to be better and stronger versions of ourselves. May we all find them and spread that magic to the world.

Anita Kovacevi's collection of children's books

BOOK LINKS:

Spikes for Hank  ebook https://tinyurl.com/y8np4as5  ppb https://tinyurl.com/y86wkq56

ENDORSEMENTS FOR SPIKES FOR HANK:

In “Spikes for Hank” Ms Kovacevic has drawn upon her experience as an educator and her knowledge of children to create a tale that will entertain and reassure as well as teach and spark the imagination.

Erica (E J) Gore, Author, Speaker, Teacher; Taya Bayliss Mysteries for young readers; The Gummshoe Gang – Taking a stand against Bullying; The Tooth Fairy Tales

 

I really enjoyed reading “Spikes for Hanks” by Anita Kovačević and I would highly recommend this book to children and adults – parents and teachers –  everyone who likes tales and believes that good stories can develop our imagination and creativity! A wonderful story for all ages!

Ana Vlahek Horvat, parent, educator and cultural management expert

Anita Kovacevic adheres to the same learning philosophies I do: children learn best through interaction and questions, paired with relatable themes and characters.(…) Her stories integrate life lessons in a subtle and engaging way, without being preachy, something parents and kids will appreciate.

Traci Sanders, Award-winning author of parenting, children’s, and romance titles

By using simple illustrations and describing a well-known situation in a child’s life, the author helps children understand the problem. She provides an interesting way to actively engage children in the reading process by adding questions after each chapter. Children can give different answers, have new ideas and form their own opinions, which is what makes every child unique and exceptional. A book like this one can be very useful and helpful in the life of a kindergarten child, as well as to us, preschool teachers.

Sandra Perko and Tanja Petric, parents and preschool teachers (early foreign language development)

Anita Kovacevic, children's author, holding Spikes for Hank book

AUTHOR BIO

Anita Kovacevic is a multigenre author and teaches English as a second language. Her parenting, teaching and storytelling experience is blended into all her children’s books. She enjoys using stories as teaching tools and never misses a chance to do so, relishing storytelling lessons in which she not only teaches children, but also learns a lot from them. Her books include children’s literature, but also adult fiction and stories featured in various anthologies, including charity ones.

Anita always has several works-in-progress, and you can read her interviews and reviews on her WordPress blog Anita’s Haven (https://anitashaven.wordpress.com/ )

ANITA’S OTHER CHILDREN’S BOOKS ON LULU:

Winky’s Colours  ebook https://tinyurl.com/yb5a76wx  ppb https://tinyurl.com/yask4nhy

Mimi Finds Her Magic ebook https://tinyurl.com/y8tmw9nc ppb https://tinyurl.com/y7a7oe8y

The Good Pirate  ebook https://tinyurl.com/y9dejlha  ppb https://tinyurl.com/y77htxrg

ALL BOOK LINKS:

Amazon universal link Author.to/AnitaKovacevicAmazon

Barnes & Noble all Nook https://tinyurl.com/ybfpg9gb

Kobo all Rakuten https://tinyurl.com/ycxuds4g

iTunes all Apple https://tinyurl.com/ydfyn8hq

Book Gorilla  http://tinyurl.com/le5h4x2 Lulu http://tinyurl.com/ltbvq54

Goodreads  http://tinyurl.com/jwovbbv

(find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as Anita’s Haven)

Thank you, Anita, for sharing your newest book with us! I just love little hedgehogs and Hank is just adorable. Plus, the lovely message he shares with children is one we all can use (learning to accept ourselves just as we are).

Be Amazing; A New Children’s Book

Be Amazing! by Dolores Oldjohn; Illustrated by Julie Sneeden

 

Hi, everyone!

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a children’s author that lives in Africa. She has a wonderful picture book out that will help instill positive values in children all over the world.

Please read on to learn more about how to ‘Be Amazing’!

 

Be Amazing is a new children’s book written by Dolores Oldjohn, this charming book is perfect for young children, to help them understand the importance of virtues and values. Once read, the child will not only be empowered by knowing who they are and what they stand for, but they will be able to make better decisions, understand one another, and know their rights which in turn will result in happy children. These stories will have a positive effect on children and make their unpleasant experiences bearable. The book also includes enchanting illustrations to tell the story the way it deserves to be told and to make children understand the message better.

Co-editor of the bestselling book “The Journey” Dolores Oldjohn is an Engineer by profession. As a mother, Dolores understands the pressures parents are faced with in today’s world. Parents are busier than ever before; they are more stressed and worn-out. When they get home they let a lot of things slide, and by so doing they end up neglecting the core of engagement, character building, encouragement, and establishing values. This and many other social ills birthed this book to create awareness and to fill in the gaps while inspiring and encouraging little minds. Each story focuses on some of the core values that seems to be lost in society. This book makes a good bedtime story and enrichment for life skills. When she is not writing she enjoys playing ten-pin bowling, ice-skating, and board games.

Dolores Oldjohn has been interviewed in Morning live-SABC 2, Vuka Afrika- ANN7, E-TV, CTVSA, Alex FM, Jozi FM, Vaaltar FM, OFM, Rise FM, Lotus FM and Motsweding FM.

Below is the link where you can purchase the book
Loot online: http://www.loot.co.za/product/dolores-oldjohn-be-amazing/lvbg-5058-g790

Bookstores:

Rhema Bookshop, Randburg
Life media bookshop, CFC Bonaero Park

And here is how you can connect with Dolores Oldjohn author of children’s book
Facebook: Dolores Oldjohn
Twitter: @flowerdoll
Instagram: Dolores Oldjohn
Email: doloresoldjohn@gmail.com

Thank you, Dolores, for sharing your book with us today.

Thank you, everyone, for stopping in and reading. Please consider purchasing her book and connecting with her to learn more.

After a Disaster: What to Say to Children

 

It was one week ago today that a terrible tragedy occurred on one of south Florida’s High School campuses, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. We each are experiencing different emotions from this incident ranging from shock and dismay to extreme sadness to outrage.

Today, our favorite School Psychologist, Dr. Valerie Allen, brings us some words of wisdom in helping our children cope with just such an event.

 

After a Disaster: What to Say to Children

 

Often referred to as An Act of God, a Natural Disaster, or Civil Unrest, it is an unexpected event resulting in loss and suffering. It raises to the level of trauma that is outside realm of typical human experience. Victims can be directly or indirectly impacted and harmed by the event itself as well as the aftermath.

 

A wide range of emotional and physical  responses can be expected especially by children who turn to the adults in their lives for reassurance. Emotionally it is not unusual to become angry, fearful, anxious, or depressed. Physically there may be headaches, stomach upset, lack of appetite or overeating as well as sleep disturbances.

 

Parents need to support children by establishing a sense of safety and security to help them process their thoughts and feelings. Some strategies which are helpful include:

 

  • Placing the event in the proper context
  • Offering accurate information about the possibility of this type of event in their community
  • Return to normal routines while being flexible
  • Listen to the child and observe his or her behavior for anything out of the ordinary
  • Accept children’s emotional responses without judgment
  • Explain there is no “right” or “wrong” way to feel
  • Encourage expression of emotions through discussion, journaling, art, or music
  • Monitor and limit exposure to media on television, radio, online, newspapers, etc.
  • Focus on resiliency and compassion
  • Identify various ways people are supportive of each other
  • Allow them to join in disaster relief efforts

Take time to discuss  the ideals of  caring and empathy for all people. Consider themes of diversity and equality among all  human beings.

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice n Melbourne, FL. She is the author of two children’s books, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends.” Oh yes, she has also raised six children! DrValerieAlen@cs.com  DrVAllen.com

Thank you, Dr. Allen, for sharing this important information with us today. And everyone take a moment and hug your children a little closer today.

The Authoritative Parent

 

Today, I bring you our favorite School Psychologist and Case Manager to discuss different parenting styles to help you be more aware of your own style and make a conscious choice how you want to parent. It’s never too late to change or reinforce what we’re already doing and always good to be aware of how our reactions shape our children.

Dr. Valerie Allen

Licensed School Psychologist ~ Certified Case Manager

New and Improved Parenting for the New Year

The New Year brings added attention to the fact that children are in a constant state of growth and development. One day your daughter is interested in dolls and tea parties and the next she is experimenting with make-up and high heals. What happened to that lovable little boy who played so nicely with the puppy? This is the same boy who now thinks you are his private taxi service. In a matter of weeks or months, children’s needs and behaviors change and so must our style of parenting. What worked at three may not work as well at 13.

The goal of parenting is to raise children who are independent of us. The job of a parent is to instill values and morals, so the child understands right from wrong and makes appropriate choices when on his own. When we are not there with reminders about being on time, keeping safe, and hand washing will our child be in a position to know what to do, how to do it, and motivated to do it well?

What can parents do to help raise positive children, who enjoy life and are pleasant to be with? Impossible you say! All is not lost. Research has identified four basic parenting styles: Authoritative, Authoritarian, Permissive and Uninvolved. One has proved to have a more successful outcome when raising children.

 

  1. The Authoritative Parent: provides a loving, supportive, home environment. These parents hold high expectations and standards for their children’s behavior. They enforce household rules consistently and explain why some behaviors are acceptable and others are not. Children are included in family decision making.

 

  1. The Authoritarian Parent: holds high expectations and standards for their children’s behavior, however, they convey less emotional warmth directly toward their children. They establish rules of behavior, but they may not take the child’s needs into account. They tend to expect immediate obedience, without question by the children. Parents make “family decisions” without input from the children.

 

  1. The Permissive Parent: may provide a loving, supportive, home environment, however,  hold few expectations or standards for their children’s behavior. They rarely discipline the child for inappropriate behavior and tend to make excuses for their child’s offenses. Children are allowed to make their own decisions about their life style without guidance or standards set by the parents.

 

  1. The Uninvolved Parent: provides little, if any, emotional support; even when they are home, they tend to be uninvolved with their children and family activities. They hold few expectations or standards for their children’s behavior. They have little interest in their children’s lives and seem overwhelmed or over involved in their own work or problems.

 

The Authoritative parenting proved to be the most effective style to develop positive social skills in children. Authoritative parents tend to raise children who are happy, self confident, independent, and respectful of others.

 

Resolve this new year to tell your child every day “I love you” with your words and by your actions. Take time to be involved in your child’s life at home, at school, and with friends. Your efforts will help create open communication, mutual respect, and a loving relationship with your child throughout the year ahead.

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She is the author of two children’s books, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends.” Oh yes, she has also raised six children!

 

Ellen L. Buikema’s Children’s Books with Messages for both Children & Parents

Ellen Buikema, children's author photo

 

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a talented author named Ellen Buikema. She has written adorable books with wonderful messages and a splash of humor.

Welcome, Ellen, please tell us about yourself…

I am a writer, speaker, educator, and mom. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, received a M.Ed. specializing in Early Childhood, and have post-graduate studies in special education from Northeastern Illinois University. I worked as a teacher for 23 years.

During the school year I have the pleasure of being a visiting author, either in person or via Skype. I usually visit with students in Pre-K through fourth grade, although I have spoken with students through eighth grade. For Pre-K through first grade I bring Sock Puppet Tim along to help. He is a well-loved addition to author visits as he is funny and helps maintain students’ attention.

Parenting...A Work in Progress by Ellen L. Buikema, M. Ed.

 

I’ve written a self-help book for parents, Parenting . . . A Work in Progress, and a children’s chapter book series, The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon. The Parenting book is much like a child growth and development book, but with vignettes, some amusing and some sad. I’ve used a few of the funny ones in Stand-Up comedy.

 

 

 

 

 

The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: School Days by Ellen L. BuikemaCharlie Chameleon’s many adventures are multicultural stories intended for second and third grade students as well as advanced first graders to read independently. Children ages three through nine will enjoy the antics of the characters in the Charlie books. According to the school librarians I’ve spoken to, the books are also taken out by older students. Many of them enjoy the artwork and the activities at the end of each chapter. So far, most adults and children love Frankie, Charlie’s pesky pet goldfish and comic relief, the best.

 

 

 

In New Beginnings, Charlie Chameleon and his family start their adventure in New Town, where Charlie discovers he is braver than he knows. With his bossy pet fish, Frankie, by his side, he faces many challenges, including standing up to the neighborhood bully.

The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: New Beginnings by Ellen L. Buikema

 

Volume 2, School Days, finds Charlie and his friends having trouble with Boris Bunny, the class bully. Charlie thinks Boris is putting on an act, but his friends disagree. Follow Charlie’s adventures as he helps Boris learn how to be a friend.

In Volume 3, follow the wacky summertime adventures of the Chameleon family and their obnoxious pet fish, as they get lost trying to find an out-of-the way vacation spot. Who needs a map, right?

The family returns home in time for a big soccer event that Charlie and his school friends plan to attend. He hopes his new friends will accept Tamika, his best friend from his old neighborhood, never expecting what actually happens.

Currently, I am writing my first YA historical fiction novel, The Hobo Code. This genre requires a great deal of research, so I am having fun talking to people all over the country about trains, hobos, and specifics about some cities and towns. I spent an hour on the phone with the owner of a bar in Wausau, Wisconsin, the location of the story’s beginning. She was able to give me details that made a huge difference in the setting for one part of the story. My list of acknowledgements is growing all the time.

All of Ellen’s books have earned a 5 star review on Readers’ Favorite

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