For the last few months social media has been filled with talk of role models, from Miley Cyrus to Kanye West, critics and supporters alike have waged a battle of defense or condemnation. We live in a society that places their celebrities on a pedestal, watching and copying their every move. The expectations we set are often unattainable and often mere fantasy- an escape from the challenges of everyday life. Yet, the reality is they never live up to these expectations, giving them more credit and meaning to our lives than they really deserve.
As parents, we forget that our children are watching. They watch and hear everything, whether they want to admit it or not; or we acknowledge. A common mantra echoed across the country, "our children are out of control" ; but as parents we often lose sight of our control and the control we have simply given away. The "control" we seem to have lost and the "control" we seek to have on our children is rest in one place- in our hands. We are our child's first role model, a role we must reclaim.