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“Debut author Hughes writes of “transforming the world,” via better communication with children.

Once an unwed teen mother herself, now a Ph.D. running a behavioral health center, Hughes writes frankly about how to discuss and model appropriate behavior on tough topics that routinely baffle both adults and children: obesity, education, sex and, above all, learning from mistakes. Her approach is simple, direct and honest. “If we don’t talk about [sex], our kids will find a way to talk about it anyway,” she writes, urging the reader to take the path of greatest benefit instead of least resistance. But discussing those tough topics with young people doesn’t mean treating them as adults. “They’re going to be adults soon enough. Let them be kids while they can. In fact, insist upon it,” Hughes states. She reinforces the importance of connection and social responsibility with interviews of other community-centered professionals, occasionally punctuating her points with stories of extraordinary individuals who’ve chosen to step up and make a difference in a young person’s life. Hughes has a knack for reducing complicated concepts to their basic principles, as when she explains that “influencing” kids boils down to being present, open and acting responsibly. She’s a strong voice speaking from within the community—not standing apart—to reassure readers that they’re in a position to do real good, right now. “Children, especially young children, learn through observation,” Hughes writes, reinforcing the importance of owning one’s own actions. “Your words have value, but not as much value as your actions.”

Hughes’ straightforward, honest approach makes potentially intimidating topics manageable.”

About the Author

With an amazing story of transformation, hope and triumph over difficult odds, Danita Johnson Hughes is a healthcare industry executive, speaker and author. Through her professional work, keynotes, writing and philanthropic activities, she inspires people to dream big and understand the role personal responsibility has in achieving success. Danita’s early life was filled with desperation and hopelessness. As a high school dropout and unwed teen mother, she was the statistic that many considered doomed for failure. Refusing to give into her circumstances, Danita made a decision that changed her life: she decided to take personal responsibility for her situation and turn it around. She enrolled in classes at Indiana University Northwest and earned two degrees, a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Administration. She continued her education earning a second Master’s degree in Social Service Administration, a graduate certificate in Health Administration & Policy from the University of Chicago and finally a Ph.D. in Human Services from Walden University, Minneapolis. Armed with education and hope, she set out to change her life and the lives of those around her. Today, she is dedicated to helping people of all walks of life establish and achieve lofty goals. The only female African American CEO of a certified mental health center in Indiana, Danita leads a team of dedicated professionals at Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living, Inc., an organization that provides behavioral health and child welfare services for the citizens of Gary and Northwest Indiana. She is certified to provide leadership, consulting and motivational speaking engagements. Danita has received many awards for her work including awards from the two most recent governors in the state of Indiana.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Vitality Ventures, Incorporated (April 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615605389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615605388
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,229,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We hear and read so much today about how our nation's youth is troubled, misdirected, unmotivated ... the list goes on.
What we have come to believe is that the problem is too big or complicated to solve. Then along comes "Influencing Today's Youth" by Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes. An inspiring, motivating, and highly practical approach, reminding us that at it's core - while it may be challenging - it's very simple. It's about CARING, providing guidance and mentoring. She offers up real life examples that help us guide our way to providing our children the tools they need to find their way in this world. A marvelous book with immense possibilities for all who have young children. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes has created one of the most important books I've read in some time. Here are tools for making a difference in the lives of boys and girls and young men and women that every single one of us can do. Influencing our youth doesn't require special skills. It simply requires caring enough to know that the future of our country hangs in the balance. I am inspired by the stories. I am motivated to take action. And on top of that, here is a self-help book with an educational component that is well written and moves with the pace of good fiction. I highly recommend Influencing Today's Youth.
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By mlabroi on May 22, 2012
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Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes has a clear understanding of how to influence today's youth. This book was very helpful. Sometimes parents exert too much control over their children never letting them develop critical thinking skills or fail to provide enough guidance and children end up raising themselves. This book provides real life examples that offer alternatives for parents to help bring out the best in their child. If you have young children you need this book.
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