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Problem Child - The View from the Principal's Office by Robb Lightfoot

Problem Child – The View from the Principal’s Office

by Robb Lightfoot

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This is not a memoir, it’s a sorta-was, a collection of 25 humorous short stories that date back to the days of the “unsupervised sixties.”

Problem Child takes you inside the hyperactive and somewhat Machiavellian mind of Robb Lightfoot, the kid who had his own special reserved seat in the principal’s office. He wasn’t looking for trouble, it just found him.

He was president and sole member of Highland Elementary’s short-lived rock-throwing club, a chewing gum connoisseur, and woodshop survivor.

Robb’s recollections are part truth and part tall tales. Learn why school is unlike Jeopardy! and why too much knowledge may be hazardous to your health.

Some of these tales happened almost exactly as written, others are a combination of pranks, misunderstandings, and mishaps that have been combined. Still others are epic stories that have grown with each telling, and form a part of the Lightfoot’s family lore.

A key point in these stories is that usually, Robb is trying to do the right thing and getting it all wrong. His allies are a patient principal, a tolerant mother, and neighbors who have their own quirks. The stories cover Robb’s grade school years, and include a cast of his friends.

Just like in the TV Show Dragnet, the names have been changed to protect the innocent. Problem Child is dedicated to the late Principal Tom Lewis, who eventually set up an extra desk in his outer office for Robb to take his time outs, reflect, and read.

Author Robb Lightfoot went on to complete his studies and entered education as a profession. He now lives and writes in Northern California, and is a full-time, tenured college teacher. He owes a great deal of his success to the very patient faculty and staff at Highland Elementary in Oildale, California. So there is hope for hyperactive kids! They just need people to believe in them and, with kindness, hold them accountable.

Goodreads Giveaway – Problem Child

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Hello all

I’m giving away 25 paperback copies of my latest book, “Problem Child – The View From The Principal’s Office” over at You can enter for free. The contest ends June 15th, and I’ll be sending out autographed copies to the winners.

Problem Child is 25 tall tales of my hyperactive childhood. Many of these happened just as told, others are compilations of events. Most are the stuff of Lightfoot family lore. It’s true that I had a yardstick broken over my head while trying to sneak a peek at a nude sunbather, but there’s no proof to the charge that I instigated a class spit-in where all the 7th grade boys spit in one place trying to drown a beetle.

You can learn a few things in this book, such as why it’s not a good idea to teach a 10-year-old how to tie a hangman’s noose or how you can “Shop Like a Man.”

The take-away of this book is that even kids who are the biggest pain in the class can grow up and find their way in life. I owe a lot to my principal, Mr. Thomas Lewis. I’ve dedicated the book in his memory. He and I spent a lot of time together because I was sent to the office each day for talking in class. I think he’d appreciate the irony that I’m now a speech teacher and humorist. His method of dealing with me was to add an extra desk to his outer office and park me there each afternoon.

So here’s to all of you parents, teachers, yard monitors, and principals who have to deal with kids like me. It’s not that we set out to be a problem; it’s just that we are wired (literally) a bit differently.

I hope you enjoy a few laughs at my expense.

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Robb Lightfoot

Northern California

Problem Child – Peek Inside the Mind of an “Active” Child

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Hello all, and welcome inside the world of an undiagnosed ADHD mind!

I’m sharing these stories to have a few laughs at my expense, and to assure parents and teachers that hyperactive kids can grow up and have something resembling a normal, happy life.

Problem Child is the first is a series of mostly-true stories and tall tales about my hyperactive childhood. I grew up in Oildale, California, and went to Highland Elementary. My poor teachers didn’t know what to do with me–other than ship me off to the principal’s office.

I ended up having my own special desk there.

The stories in this book are about what was going on inside my mind when I was trying to follow the rules, and failing miserably. It was difficult for everyone involved. But we survived.

These days I write humor and teach speech communication. A bit ironic. I get paid to do–and make others do–what once was a sure-fire ticket to the principal’s office. So, there’s hope for us all!

Problem Child shares my family’s stories, and my hope is that they give you a glimpse into why active kids do what they do. Humor helped my family cope, and I think it’s sometimes the only thing that does. As luck would have it, my kids inherited some of my hyperactivity, too. So I’ve experienced it from all angles.

If you’d like to send me an email, I’m happy to talk about what seems to work best to keep overly-busy kids engaged. I’m not a counselor, but I do have a lifetime of experience in this area–I’ve not outgrow being being an “active” person, but I have learned how to manage it.

Thanks for dropping by to check out Problem Child, you can find it in print or ebook on AmazonBarnes and Noble, and independent booksellers. And if you have an active kid in your life … hang in there. Some of the most successful people in the world drove everyone crazy when they were kids.

Proofreading Weekend – Problem Child polishing

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Hello all

I’m doing one more round of revisions this weekend, and I have download information for beta readers. The book has been out since December, but I wanted to polish and proof it  it prior to sending it off to the Thurber judges.

The information on downloads is below.

I wanted to give a shout out to my proofreaders, Barry Hilchey and especially Venkat Raman. I’ve been over this book numerous times, but it’s a truism that you are blind to your own errors.

Karin, too, has spotted glitches Thanks.

I wanted to show off my other current writing activity,

This logo was designed by my late brother, Jim, and it makes me smile every time I look at it. The website will feature bios of humorists, book reviews, articles on the history of humor and stand-up.

So, if you know of talented, upcoming comics and humorists, please let me know. I’d love to interview them. It also helps to give me their contact information.

Stay tuned.

Click here to my see my Smashwords book. You’ll need to select “buy, and then enter the freebie code –  SF82A.(note – this code expires soon).