SOURCE: Author Dr. Bill Page

Author Dr. Bill Page

October 03, 2011 12:26 ET

Dr. Bill Page Explains How Self Esteem Can Be More Powerful Than Bullies

GRAND RAPIDS, MI--(Marketwire - Oct 3, 2011) - Dr. Bill Page would rather teach than do just about anything else any day of the week.

"During my career I was an educator and administrator in elementary, middle and high schools, as well as college, for 33 years," Page said. "During that time I enjoyed serving as a Boy and Cub Scout master, and a Sunday school teacher. Through all that time, I have seen just about everything children can experience, both positive and negative, and helped these kids solve what many today see as practically unsolvable problems. For the most part, I didn't have any special technology or divine wisdom. All I had was the head on my shoulders and the heart beating in my chest, and for 33 years those were the only tools I needed."

Page, a PhD who in retirement became a children's book author known as BillyD, said that he has dealt with the absolute worst kids in his school and the best ones, too. In most cases, he said that they were one and the same, just on different days.

In that way, Page believes kids who read his stories can unconsciously see the parallels in their own lives, and learn the same lessons his characters learn in his stories.

"Is the bully somehow less special than the bullied?" he asked. "Or are both simply good kids in a bad situation who need to see that their lives can be better if they only see how special they are and the difference they can make in other lives? We all need to know where we keep our strength, the parts of ourselves that help us overcome adversities. If our children don't learn where those places are when they're kids, they won't know where to find those places as adults."

About Bill "BillyD" Page

Bill D. Page, PhD, a.k.a. BillyD, is a graduate of Marion High School, Northern Iowa, Michigan State and St. Louis Universities. He has published two books for children ages nine to twelve, and has others for children two to six near completion. Dr. Page has been a teacher at all levels of public education from elementary through graduate school in Manson and Marion, Iowa, Lincoln Park, Michigan and adjunct professor for Western Michigan University. He lives with his wife of sixty-three years in Muskegon, Michigan. (

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