I've been thinking about role models lately. Kiddo is five (and three-quarters) and she's naturally just insanely curious and becoming more and more and more aware of what and who she sees everywhere. From big kids on the bus to Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune, the world is creeping into her everyday.
With the inauguration of President Obama and celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, there have been lots of talk about people who have changed (and will change) history. Discussions of folks who have made it their life mission to do good, to stand up for causes, to change the world, literally. All great people we talk about, to point out as role models...those good people to admire for their choices.
But really, how many of our kids will volunteer the name Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King Jr. (or even you or her aunt who is a doctor) as a role model...when there is Selena Gomez or Lady Gaga or Tom Brady that dominate their attention? Right. Exactly. What do you do then when they name Justin Bieber as their role model? Now, many of these celebs are perfectly great people, so you can point out the hard work they do (hours of rehearsing and honing their talent) as well as the good things they do in their off-time (charities they donate their time to and such).
But what happens when a role model doesn't act like one (ahem, hello Lance Armstrong)? Yeah, insert a big gulp. Well, that's when you have a discussion about choices, good and bad ones, about making mistakes, learning from them...and how at the end of the day, we are responsible for our actions.
It's just what's been on my brain, thought I'd toss it out there...with so much in the news of possible role model candidates, what do you think?
Does your kiddo have a role model? Who would you want to be their role model....why?