Dr. Waln Brown, Founder & CEO of the William Gladden Foundation, spent his adolescence in an orphanage, juvenile detention facility, state hospital and reformatory. Waln earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored over 230 publications, including The Other Side of Delinquency (Rutgers University Press), The Abandonment of Delinquent Behavior: Promoting the Turnaround (Praeger Publishers), Why Some Children Succeed Despite the Odds (Praeger Publishers) and Growing Up in the Care of Strangers (William Gladden Foundation Press). Waln held positions with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the National Center for Juvenile Justice and the Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago.
How I Turned My Life Around: Tips From An Ex-Juvenile Delinquentby Waln Brown
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If you hate your life as much as I used to hate mine, then you need to read this book. Being a kid is tough, but feeling as though the whole world is against you is too much! It fills you with pain and makes you act in dumb ways. At least that is how I felt and acted. Living sucked, and I did not see my life getting any better. That is why I tried to kill myself. I was about ten the first time. I downed a bottle of sleeping pills. They found me and had my stomach pumped. I tried two more times before I turned 15. One time I tried cutting my wrists with a broken bottle. The other time I ran out in front of a moving car. None of my tries at ending my life worked. I was so bad at everything in my stupid life that I could not even kill myself.
Today, I am 65-years-old. My plan worked. I fixed my life and stayed out of trouble. I was never put away again. In fact, my life has turned out pretty good. I write books and teach adults how to help kids like I was.
It was not easy changing my life, but it was worth it. You see, life is what YOU make it. It took me a long time to learn this lesson. But once I learned it, I was able to take control of my life. You can, too, if you have a plan.
Here is how I changed my life. I hope what I have learned helps you put together a plan to turn your life around. You CAN do it, too, if YOU REALLY put your mind to it!
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