The Mom Spot: Role Model…

Role model:
a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people.

It’s so hard to find a good one of these {role model} for our youth these days. My son loves to watch sports. In the world of sports, the land of the Michael Ohers and Kurt Warners, there are some really great, heart-warming, heroic stories to be heard. These are often obscured by the big, bad, and the ugly stories that the media embelishes and hypes to no end.

Why is that? Why does the media favor the BIG BAD WOLF over LITTLE RED? Why are we so drawn to the edge of our seats and disappointed with happily-ever-afters?

We’re raising our children in such a cold-shoulder world. We don’t know our neighbors {most of us} and we don’t care {most of us}. I would like to go back to ‘bringing the neighbors baked goods’ or neighborly ‘loaning out a cup of sugar’, and the like. As a matter of fact, when we heard the word “snow” over the weekend, we all rushed to the grocery store because if we ran out of something we would have to face the treacherous roads to go and get it. We don’t borrow sugar from the neighbors anymore.

When my children want T.V. time I allow them an hour or so and I remind them that I am the controller of the channel. We no longer talk about what we can’t watch {the list got too long}, we’re down to a few shows and even then I hang around in the kitchen and bake so that I can still monitor the “o.k. to watch” shows.

None of these “tweenie” shows {as I call them} have good role models. I can only take a few minutes of the snarky, ostentatious, bad-mannered teen stars flouting parental authorities before I have to turn the channel. I learn the show title and store it in the “beware” section of my memory bank. Again, I think it is very important for my children to know that I control the T.V.  They need reminding of course, and I always give them the choice…”it’s (T.V. show of MY choice) or nothing, your choice…”

A couple nights ago my son had a friend over and they wanted to watch the Hall of Game Awards on Cartoon Network (my children are not allowed to watch CN), after much thought, I said yes.

As they were watching, Tim Tebow came up to the podium to accept an award. His “thank you” speech started…”First and foremost I would like to thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ…”

My son’s friend turned to him and said, “how’d I know he was going to say that?”

My son said, “that’s a good thing!”

Yes! It’s a good thing! We need more role models like Tebow.

Tim Tebow is a good example for children, for boys, for all of us who are afraid that our faith may get in the way of our dreams. Those of us who only thank God in private, who fear that we may be rejected by others if we are too committed.

We would be wise to teach our children to be proud of who they are, what they believe, and not to change it to “fit in” with the crowd.

We would be wise to teach our children to prevail over the flow of snarkiness and egoism constantly demonstrated by these not-so-good role models on T.V.

We would be wise to teach our children by example…we are the example first and foremost.

Thank you Lord for all your blessings!