| AUTHORS DISCUSS BETTER WAYS TO RAISE BOYS
Panel discussion and book signing held at HCC
|Panelists for the book
presentation and discussion of “Are You Raising
One of the Next Generation of Hoodlums?”
included front row from left, co-authors Prince
O. Teal and Dr. Joyce Teal; second row from
left, Cornelius Dickens, Judge Brenda Branch,
Dean Barbara Bradley-Hasty; third row from left,
Chief Mark Macon, Dr. Pocahontas Jones, Rev.
Robert Sessoms, and top, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin,
Halifax Community College welcomed authors,
Prince O. and Dr. Joyce Teal, Feb. 6 to discuss their book,
“Are You Raising One of the Next Generation of Hoodlums?” as
part of Black History Month. The book helps parents with
male children to teach that behaviors have consequences and
to create awareness of behavioral choices. It also assists
parents in being conscious of how they set examples in the
home and how children are impacted by that modeling.
The authors defined the word “hoodlum” as an uncooperative,
destructive youth who consistently misbehaves. They wrote
the book after raising their own children in an effort to
help other parents know how to rear better children.
“I am hoping that boys will be raised in such a way that
they'll want to live as real men,” said Dr. Teal.
The Teals believe in consistent consequences. “You have to
have consistent consequences. You can't allow inappropriate
behavior at 2-3 years old and think that you can change it
when children turn 15,” said Dr. Teal. “Begin early letting
them know that there are consequences and that they will
suffer the consequences if they act inappropriately.”
“Parents need to be responsible. You can't put if off on
schools and churches—you have to be involved in every aspect
of children's lives,” added Prince Teal, who also stressed
that parents need to model appropriate behaviors to their
A panel discussion included Judge Brenda Branch, Dr.
Pocahontas Jones, Dean Barbara Bradley-Hasty, Jerrold
Williams, Rev. Robert Sessoms, Chief Mark Macon, Cornelius
Dickens and Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr.
A book signing and reception followed the panel discussion.
Books are available for purchase at HCC's Bookstore or
online at www.untealthen.com.