I wonder I f HE will ever push the camera off a persons shoulder?
He is the most overpaid, whining, spoiled, ball slapping, jerk I have ever seen. What are we showing our kids....
Why is it always about the kids. What kids idolize these guys anyway? The ones who have parents that idolize them or their sport. For crying out loud - it's the parents responsibility to teach their children who to look up to. These people play sports they arent God.
no#3 do you have kids? sons? it isnt as easy as you make it sound... seems the experts are always the one without kids.
As a matter of fact # 4 I have 3 children. And you are right - it isn't easy. But I have tried to teach them values that I believe are important and don't rely on some sports figure or actor/singer whatever to instill my children with values. We aren't alway successful - we stumble and get up and go at it again. Sometimes we even get it right. I just really get tired of people that point the finger at someone else instead of taking responsibility. Here is a hypothetical question for you. Since you have children - if they were REALLY good in sports and some big team signed them - would you begrudge them the kind of income that is being paid to sports figures etc. just because. Instead. Wouldn't it be the right thing to do to teach them how to be responsible with that money for themselves - their parents or the future of your grandchildren - help people in need - do the right things with the money? I bet not. I bet you would be proud of your child even if they were overpaid. It's your responsibility - not Alex's to teach your children.
Wow this topic kind of hit the fan. Anon #3, while yes it may be up to us as parents to teach our kids values-but what is wrong with a kid looking up to a player like A-Rod. Yeah he is a whiny little brat, but he and many other athletes help to inspire kids to perform on different levels. My son loves baseball-I hate it. But, I let him play because he wants to. He also loves A-Rod. He doesn't know about how he whines, or became a trader overnight. He just looks up to him because he has done something great, and is at the top of his game-and he wants to get there too. My son doesn't want to work in an office all of his life, he said he wants to live his hobby-and I don't see anything wrong in that.
Nor do I, see anything wrong with wanting to live your dream. I think those people that are born with the God given talent to get these jobs and make the big bucks. I believe that most of them have probably worked and sweated their butts off to play these sports. You aren't that good, even with God given talent without working at it. I didn't say our kids couldn't admire that talent - enjoy the sport(whatever) want to play like them - but I don't believe that these players have taken on the responsibility of instilling values in our kids. Some do wonderful things with their fame....some are jerks. Parents - point out those character flaws that you wouldn't want your children to emulate and those positive trates that other protray. It just seems that there is always someone who says.....What are we showing our kids? It's your choice - what you "show" (teach is the word that i would use) your kids.
To some degree I agree the we as parents need to control who our kids learn from... HOWEVER that is harder the older they get. There are all of sports figures out there that are shining examples. I personally do not feel that Arod is one of them. I watched his character last fall when he batted the ball at first then pretended innocence. I saw him trash players who took their kids to school while he ( superstar) was working out. I saw him call Bronson Arroyo "Brandon" even though they went to high school together. So excuse me if I think he is a jerk. Look up to the Cal Ripkin's and the Dale Murphy's. The peacemakers, the quiet, decent players. In the end the kids ARE going to see what it takes to be an Arod... and what they can get away with.. just like he does. And those who think that you can control what goes in your kids head... ask your 9 year old about sex... you will learn hwo little you control.
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