By April Dye, Contributor, USDR.
Looking at that definition, I have to think about whom I want my children to see as their hero.
You can look at athletes, scientists, astronauts, musicians and singers for their natural achievements. By this, I mean God-given talents such as athletic ability, intelligent minds, manipulation of instruments and creating beautiful melodies using their voices. All these are God-given but are they used in a way that is “noble”? That is the question.
When I see all these people in the media whether it be athletes or celebrities I can easily get dismayed at what I see. So much potential and so much waste. Sex outside of marriage, drinking, drugs, partying, arrests, multiple relationships and divorces, swearing, nudity and all their skimpy clothes.
I am not perfect and do not expect celebrities to be perfect either, however, no matter their protests they are out there for children and unfortunately adults to emulate.
And the media is no better because they really are dictating what we see and whom the public emulates. They tell us how pretty, perfect, fun, fashionable and admirable these people are, and how much we should want to be like them.
Children imitate what they see. If we as parents put these people on a pedestal then of course our children will too.
Instead of looking to others to be heroes for our children, we should be those heroes. We should stand up for what we believe, whether it is popular or not. We should be advocates for our children. We should decide what we think is appropriate in how to dress, how to talk, how to walk and how to be respectable ladies and gentlemen.
Our daughters should want to marry heroes like their daddies and our sons should want to marry heroines like their mothers.
Our sons should want to be heroes like their daddies and our daughters should want to be heroines like their mothers.
Don’t let society choose who your children’s heroes should be. You be their hero.
April Dye is a Christian wife and mother of two. She loves to hang out with family, read, watch movies and television, and her job. You can follow her on face book at www.facebook.com/April Vestal Dye and www.clardye.blogspot.com.