We Choose Respect ParentCast Starring Diana Beirne
Author of Aurelius 40
Some many parents and teachers complain that they can not compete with the machines, the cell phones, computers, games. Technology is so pervasive it can seem impossible to attract our kids’ attention.
Yes, it may seem impossible, but with a little bit of effort, and some old school story telling, you can have your child’s full attention.
Storytelling is a great way to captivate the attention of a young person. It is something I use to capture the attention of audiences that can sometimes be as large as three thousand kids. Sure, I am performing magic, and the tricks I do look really cool. But the thing that grabs the kids’ attention and holds it is storytelling.
Diana Beirne is a fantastic story teller.
Her new series of books for Young adults follows the life of Aurelius 40, a kid with a really tough life. Imagine you are a teenager. You have lost your parents, there are no other family members to care for you. There is the foster care system, but like so many kids you have bounced in and out of nine different foster homes. That is the plight of Aurelius 40.
Aurelius 40 is captivating. The story draws you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat. And while it was written for young adult audiences the story is a thrill ride for all ages.In this wide ranging interview Diana Beirne shares her hope that we can all become more compassionate for kids like Aurelius, kids who do not feel the love and support all kids should feel.Diana also talks about making her dream of writing a novel come true. She encourages all parents to get out of their comfort zones and show their children that they can make their dreams a reality.While Aurelius 40 is not a book you will most likely snuggle up with your teens to read together, it is a fantastic book for parent and teen to read and talk about. It is a great way to start a conversation about important issues.
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