Sunday, November 20, 2005
Thanks for your response!
I appreciate everyone who responded to this post. First I believe that parents are their childs' first teacher, role model and trainer. In today's society our children are becoming parentless due to drugs, society ills such as domestic violence, murder and abandonment. Many of our children are being raised by their grandmothers, the streets, and foster care. With the exception of grand parents, the streets and foster care system teaches our children hard lessons. So our children should have an alternative. Being without a parent and learning those basic life lessons, I think is when kids really start looking to others to find themselves or someone that they would like to be.
Public figures such as basketball and football players, political, religious, and entertainers are human but have accepted the role as a star. They have the right to make mistakes as each of us does. They do not have to respond or adhere to anyone but themselves, their families and God.
However, as a person who works with teens on a regular basis and with those who are so easily influenced, I'm asking us to is to reminisce about the first person we wanted to be like outside of our house. Then I want you to close your eyes and visualize yourself as a small child, without the love of a parent who meets their teacher who is caring and loving, do you see it? What do you think now? Most kids would say I want to be just like my teacher or someone else who impacted their life in a positive way. Do we have to be role models?....No we don't. Should we? I think so. Morally yes because I do belief that we have the responsibility to help raise our children so that they can obtain the American dream or something close to it.