Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Review: A Bully on the School Bus by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton with Giveaway

Yesterday, Dr. Mildred D. Peyton was kind enough to answer some interview questions. Unfortunately, I had some formatting issues, which I didn't notice until later in the day. So, if you'd like to take a peek at her thoughts, comments and insights (and it is worth a read!), head on over here!

A Bully on the School Bus 
by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton 
and Leah N. Peyton
Illustrated by Andy Hoang
Children's Education / Social Skills / School Life
26 pages
Tour dates: Oct 8 to 26 2018
Content Rating: G

Nicole is the main character in the book "A Bully on the School Bus." Nicole is a young girl who rides the school bus to school every day. It wasn't until Nicole started experiencing problems with another bus-rider named Dylan when she became uncomfortable being on this bus. Her experience with Dylan is a form of bullying, and she was frightened. After several incidences, Nicole made her parent aware and found a way to solve the problem.

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This book takes a very common situation, shows how it's not fine to accept and offers practical tips on what to do about it.

Nicole enters the school bus and sits down in the same seat she always does, but Dylan wants to sit in the seat that day and demands that she move. Nicole refuses to give in, and Dylan finally sits down behind her but insists that the next day, it's his turn to sit there. Nicole tells her parents about the situation, and their suggestion on how to deal with it might be exactly what she's looking for.

The author tackles a situation which isn't rare. While some people might think to ignore it, she lets it go further to show that it can be a reason for concern and lead to a more obvious form of bullying. It's a situation kids can easily identify with and one that many will recognize from their own lives. 

Nicole is a very happy girl, and the time is taken to show how loving her home life is. Her parents listen to her story with concern and patience. But I was surprised that her mother didn't listen to Nicole's problem after she exited the bus, but rather, made her wait until the dinner table. Also, Nicole's way of speaking didn't always fit the age group. Still, the kindness of her parents was inspiring, and their solution very solid. 

At the end of the book, there are tips for parents, students and teachers on how to handle bullying. There is also a list of references where readers can go for more suggestions or help.

All in all, it's a nice book which address bullying in a solid manner. 

And here she is...

Dr. Mildred Peyton is the President and Founder of Peyton Consulting, LLC. Dr. Peyton established her consulting firm, which was initially geared towards school bullying services, in March 2016. She was inspired to create Peyton Consulting and become a children's author on bullying after completing her doctoral research study entitled, "Exploring the Meaning of School Bullying Among Parents of Victimized Children."

During her undergraduate internship in 2002-2003 at Salisbury Middle School in Wicomico County, Dr. Peyton and her team developed and facilitated a mentoring program, providing one-on-one conflict resolution and mediating skills to students who were identified by the program coordinator with ongoing needs of behavioral issues. One of the key/primary areas Dr. Peyton and the other mentors focused on was educating and addressing bullying issues with bullies and victims. And in her graduate program, Dr. Peyton also facilitated a school bullying focus group in 2005 at Maryvale Elementary School in Montgomery County, to teach participants about bullying behaviors and how to avoid bullying others. She also attended several bullying workshops to learn about the latest studies while working with the students. Her passion on this topic followed her even as she served as a member on the Committee on Hate/Violence at Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in 2013. There she developed a brochure for students and parents for the annual bullying symposium and, provided rich knowledge and skills on this topic throughout the year.

Today, the company has expanded its services to target workplace bullying as well. With the experiences of others and Dr. Peyton's personal experience with adult bullying in the workplace (which caused her to resign from her employer in 2016), she believes attention, guidance, and solutions are also critical in this area. Dr. Peyton holds a Ph.D. in Human and Social Services with a concentration in Social Policy Analysis & Planning. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Sociology and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Peyton is committed to using her knowledge and skills to influence positive change among students and adults.

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