Waln Brown

Biography

Waln K. Brown was born in York, Pennsylvania, October, 1944, a "surprise" child of ill-matched parents who did the "right thing" and got married. For the next 11 years, they fought constantly, creating an unhealthy environment that adversely affected Waln emotionally and behaviorally. Rejected by his father for "ruining his life," and confused by his mother's obsessive-compulsive disorder of washing him in her "crazy clean" solution of Lysol and ammonia, Waln began a pattern of acting out that led to placement in an orphanage, juvenile detention home, state psychiatric hospital and juvenile reform school. A terrible student who spent eighth grade in special education and failed the ninth grade, Waln earned an A.S. degree from York College of Pennsylvania, B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University (summa cum laude) and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He held positions with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the National Center for Juvenile Justice and the Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago. Waln is the CEO of the William Gladden Foundation, and the author of over 230 books, scholarly articles and popular publications about youth and family issues.

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Books

Kids Who Kill
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 3,810. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Kids kill for several reasons. For example, juvenile murders often are planned acts committed in conjunction with other criminal offenses. Kids also are involved in interpersonal conflicts, many of which result in the murder of a friend, acquaintance or family member. Other juvenile murder patterns include psychotic, sex-related and “senseless.”
Blending Families With Children
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,190. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Not all attempts to blend families are successful. However, many of them, with resulting close ties, offer rewarding relationships, rich memories and the satisfaction that comes from challenges met and survived. The more thoroughly the families prepare for the merger, the more manageable the inevitable surprises and the greater the likelihood of success.
Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This publication provides information so that you will better understand the problems of child abuse and neglect and know how to help prevent and report it. If you are concerned about child abuse and neglect, get involved. If you need better parenting skills, seek help. If you suspect child abuse and neglect, report it. Your concerned involvement CAN make an important difference.
Planning and Building a Stepfamily
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,610. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Planning and building a stepfamily is not a responsibility to take lightly. It can be a very trying and, at times, seemingly impossible endeavor. Many potential pitfalls can arise and threaten to destroy the stepfamily. Nonetheless, meeting and mastering these special challenges can bring unanticipated satisfactions and rewarding depths of family closeness and affection.
Children from Alcoholic Families
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 3,980. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
The early identification and treatment of children from alcoholic families is a challenge for everybody who works with or cares about the future of children. The information contained in this publication attempts to meet this crucial challenge. The application of this information can make an important difference in determining the effects of alcoholism on children from alcoholic families.
Effects of Divorce on Children
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,460. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
It is toward a better understanding of how parents can be more sensitive to their children during the divorce process that this publication is dedicated. When parents put the needs of their children first, and are aware of how their own behavior can either harm or help their offspring during this time of turmoil, it is possible to reduce the negative EFFECTS OF DIVORCE ON CHILDREN.
Single Parenting
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This publication addresses many common problems faced by single parents. Lists are included as practical tools to help single parents identify specific areas needing changes. This publication reassures single parents that they can be effective parents and provides advice about how they can develop and maintain a stable and healthy family environment.
The Senator: The Story Of Ben Nighthorse Campbell
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This biography of the Native-American Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell examines his difficult childhood. Ben's father had problems with alcohol and his mother was sick with tuberculosis. Ben's home life was so bad he had to live in an orphanage. He dropped out of school and joined the military. He earned his GED, went to college and became a United States Senator.
Sitting On The Gatepost: The Story Of Zora Neale Hurston
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This biography of Zora Neale Hurston examines her childhood of poverty, abandonment and racial discrimination. After her mother died, Zora was sent off to a boarding school. When her father would not pay her expenses, Zora had to drop out of the school. Despite many struggles, Zora rose above her difficult childhood to be one of America's greatest African-American writers and folklorists.
And Justice For All: The Story Of Cesar Chavez
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,830. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Cesar Chavez was born in Arizona. At age 10, Cesar's family lost their 160 acre homestead, when a long drought forced a public sale of their farm. The Chavez family moved to California to join the many migrant workers who roamed from farm to farm. Cesar became a labor leader for the National Farm Workers Association, helping to improve wages and conditions for America's migrant workers.
The Great Inventor: The Story of Thomas Edison
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,600. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This biography of examines Edison's childhood learning problems and severe hearing loss. Despite these difficulties, Edison learned the joy of reading, especially about science and technology, which he continued to build upon throughout his life, resulting in his invention of the light bulb, phonograph and many other discoveries.
Satchmo: The Story of Louis Armstrong
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,050. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This biography examines Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong's life, including his dropping out of school and firing a gun in public, which resulted in spending 18 months in a juvenile detention home for African-American youth, where the young Louis joined the Waifs' Home Colored Band and learned to play the coronet. Satchmo rose above his troubled childhood to become America's Ambassador of Jazz.
The General: The Story of George S. Patton
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This biography examines General George S. Patton's childhood learning problems, caused by dyslexia. Despite his reading and spelling problem, he forged onward with his education, graduating high school and then West Point. Never considered the best student, George Patton overcame his learning problem to guide the largest army in history to victory over the Nazis in World War II.
The Country Singer: The Story of Loretta Lynn
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
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This biography of Loretta Lynn examines her humble beginnings as the daughter of a coal miner growing up during the Great Depression. Loretta was often in trouble at school and in the community. Her schooling ended in the 8th grade, and she was pregnant before her 14th birth. Then, her beautiful voice was discovered, and she rose to become one of America's greatest country music stars.
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion: The Story of George Foreman
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,320. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
George Foreman's mother worked hard to support George and his six brothers and sisters but she did not make much money and the family moved from one rat-infested partment to another, when she could not pay the bills. George grew up on the streets, fighting, robbing and mugging people. He dropped out of school but got a second chance, when he entered Job Corps.
Still I Rise: The Story of Maya Angelou
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Maya Angelou grew up experiencing discrimination and segregation. At the young age of eight, her mother's boyfriend raped Maya. At 16, she had a son. Maya turned to prostitution to support her son and to drugs to hide her shame. When she became involved in the Civil Rights Movement with Reverend Martin Luther King, she turned her life around and rose above her humble and troubled beginnings.
The Babe: The Story of George Herman Ruth
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,060. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
Many people believe that George Herman Ruth was the greatest baseball player of all time. But before George became known as "The Babe," he grew up in an apartment above a bar on the docks of Baltimore, an "incorrigible" child whose truancy resulted in his being placed at the St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, a juvenile reformatory where he first learned to play baseball.
A Parents' Guide to the Roots of Sibling Rivalry
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,840. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
Harsh feelings and actions among siblings born a few years apart routinely torment their parents. If you observe very closely and examine what is going on from the perspective of the key players, you also will learn that sibling rivalry is perfectly natural. While that understanding may not enable you to eliminate the unpleasantness, it will allow you to alleviate it as much as possible.
A Parents' Guide to Selecting Toys for Infants and Toddlers
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,120. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
There is no such thing as a “foolproof” pick. However, by following a few basic guidelines, parents can see to it that their hard-earned money is wisely invested, rather than wasted, and with some reliable knowledge about what infants and toddlers are like at different stages of development, they can ensure that their baby will have an ample supply of appropriate and enjoyable playthings.
A Parents' Guide to the World of the Newborn
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,240. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
Unlike automobiles, newborn babies do not come with owner’s manuals. Parents certainly would feel better if they could be reasonably confident that they were avoiding major mistakes and handling matters in the most beneficial manner. Therefore, some sensible guidance regarding the world of the newborn is in order to ensure that their baby's debut is a success.
A Parents' Guide to Establishing an Effective Parenting Partnership
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,790. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
It would be nice if there were simple instructions for coping with confrontations. Every couple has a distinct system of dynamics determined by the interaction of the two individuals who comprise it. Thanks to the experiences of hundreds of mothers and fathers who struggled to achieve balance and harmony in their parenting partnerships, there are helpful hints for others just starting out.
A Parents' Guide to Ensuring a Successful Day Care Experience for an Infant or Toddler
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
As they go about the business of selecting an ideal facility, mothers and fathers should definitely look for certain standards of quality. However, in order to ensure the best circumstances possible, they also must reconsider and reinforce their own commitment to be full partners in their child’s day care experience.
A Parents' Guide to Making Sense of Developmental Milestones During Infancy and Toddlerhood
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,780. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
For most parents, the “as expected” appearance of major developmental milestones during infancy and toddlerhood is a relief. For other parents, the “off-schedule” emergence of these achievements produces anxiety. However, while a child “missing the mark” may be cause for concern, in many cases the real problem is simply misunderstanding of what developmental milestones represent.
A Parents' Guide to Encouraging Imagination and Creativity During Early Childhood
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,270. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
There is no known method of bestowing or teaching imagination and creativity. However, research has demonstrated that these qualities certainly can be encouraged and enhanced during early childhood. Furthermore, psychologists and educators have discovered how important it is to do so. Without adequate and appropriate nurturing, they actually may be severely diminished or destroyed.
A Parents' Guide to Enhancing Early Language Development
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
Perhaps no other event of the early years has received as much attention and acclaim as the onset of speech. Researchers have discovered that what children require in this regard is remarkably easy to provide. By maintaining adequate awareness and following a few basic strategies, most parents can see to it that their children will emerge from the early years with first-rate language skills.
A Parents' Guide to Promoting Social Skill Development During Infancy and Toddlerhood
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,440. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
Fortunately, helping a child along the path toward life-long interpersonal proficiency is not difficult. Although “fundamental” in nature, social skill development during the early years is not particularly complicated, and with a little awareness and information, parents can easily pursue policies and practices that will ensure optimal progress in this area.
A Parents' Guide to Toilet Training
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,310. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
Perhaps no other subject in early childhood is surrounded by as many concerns as the topic of toilet training. Certainly, during the period when toilet training is contemplated and carried out, nothing else seems to have a higher priority or greater importance. Nevertheless, the entire process can be surprisingly smooth and simple as long as readiness is respected and relaxation is the rule.
A Parents' Guide to Nurturing the Roots of Emotional Security and Self-Esteem
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,920. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
The major portions of a child’s personality begin to develop before birth. They progress through a series of stages, with each new step resting upon the former one. If the lower stages are built wide and firm, they will provide a solid base for whatever comes along later. If, conversely, the lower stages are shaky, the entire structure will become increasingly unstable as time goes by.
A Parents' Guide to Avoiding the Superbaby Syndrome
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,740. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
There is no evidence to suggest that programs designed to produce precocious infants and toddlers provide any lasting educational advantage. In fact, while serious, systematic scientific instruction of this sort may produce immediately remarkable results, the evidence is overwhelming that it can be rather counterproductive in the long run.
A Parents' Guide to the Mind of the Infant and Toddler
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,070. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
A newborn has practically no capacity for intelligent behavior, nor can he be expected to begin using his mind on a regular basis until many months later. Furthermore, a child does not turn into a rational creature overnight. Thinking ability emerges gradually, with the child’s behavior thus reflecting an intriguing blend of new advances and remaining limitations at each step along the way.
A Parents' Guide to Dealing With a Child's Anger During Infancy, Toddlerhood and the Pre-School Years
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
Unfortunately, mothers and fathers often have no clue as to where their child’s anger is coming from, and no idea what to do about it. As a result, they routinely react in a harsh and excessive manner that makes matters worse. However, with information and advice, most parents can more accurately assess such situations and then pursue sensible practices that will improve the outcomes for all.
A Parents' Guide to Raising an Only-Child
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,090. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
While raising an only-child is no longer such an unusual experience, it does remain a relatively stressful one. Having just one child still is not generally considered the norm, nor is it particularly looked upon with favor by society, and most mothers and fathers who make the decision to limit their family size sooner or later start wondering whether it was the right thing to do.
A Parents' Guide to Raising Twins
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
There are no simple, universal rules for coping with multiples. However, experts on child development and experienced parents do propose some general guidelines and specific suggestions. These, along with fundamental childrearing tenets, can help mothers and fathers formulate strategies that will make raising multiples more pleasant and less stressful for everyone involved.
A Parents' Guide to Making a Home Safe and Suitable for an Infant or Toddler
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,050. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
Jaded to the contents of the typical household, adults tend to forget how fascinating and stimulating just about anything can be when it is seen, heard, smelled, tasted, pushed, pulled and dropped for the first time. The potential for gaining information from these experiences makes the period between six months and two years of age both educational and dangerous.
A Parents' Guide to "The Terrible Twos"
By Waln Brown
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,100. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
Contrary to popular beliefs, “the terrible twos” are NOT natural, inevitable or temporary. Such unpleasant personality traits in a two-year-old are largely the result of faulty and preventable childrearing practices; and once these traits are firmly established, they are extremely difficult to eliminate.
Growing Up in the Care of Strangers: The Experiences, Insights and Recommendations of Eleven Former Foster Kids
By Waln Brown
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 61,930. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
Provides child welfare professionals insightful feedback from clients who grew up in juvenile justice, foster care, orphanage, adoptive and mental health placements. What makes this book particularly instructive derives from the authors credentials. They are college-educated adults who masterfully intertwine their childhood stories with mature perspective and their own professional expertise.
The Other Side of Delinquency
By Waln Brown
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 54,540. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
Growing up in an impoverished, broken home, Waln Brown turned to vagrancy, truancy and juvenile delinquency. In this moving and spellbinding memoir, Waln Brown recounts his journey through an orphanage, detention home, psychiatric hospital and juvenile reformatory.

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