It’s very easy to point the finger at those that are big names in pop culture and tell our children “don’t be like them”. But in the interim the act of actually taching them falls more on the shoulders of the parents/guardians than it does on the pop culture icons that seem to be saddled with the blame on a constant basis. Don’t get the wrong idea, those that make their way into the public eye and act in whatever manner they please carry at least a small percentage of the blame. But the parents are those that have the power to allow or deny the viewing of said individuals, and therefore are the ones that have the final say on how a child will act and how they will be raised. Blaming media icons is the easy way out and is far too tempting for many to use as an excuse when their children grow out of their control.

From day one we want our children to have everything, to be successful, and to learn what it means to live in a world that changes continually. Yet far too many parents are willing to step back and lay the blame on anyone else but themselves when it comes to how their children act when they reach a certain age. Some begin to act out at a younger age, some wait until adolescence, and then some never act out at all. How a child acts is dependent upon the beliefs that are instilled in them when they’re younger, the discipline that they are taught as they grow, and the consequences they face when they decide to step beyond the boundaries that have been set for them

Pop culture plays a large part in the rearing of children unfortunately.

Pop culture is everywhere we look these days and is readily available on multiple devices that many families possess. Even if such devices aren’t in the possession of a family the influence is still seen on the streets, on the TV, and in any possible space it can be displayed. Kids see this and begin to look up to various pop culture icons, seeing them as cool, exciting, and worth following for their various attitudes and messages.

Parents have less time to teach their children as they must work harder to make a living.

As sad as this sounds it’s very true. In many households, be it a single parent or two, the parent will have to work at least one or two jobs in order to support their family and will typically have less time to spend with their children. This means that children will turn to whatever source they can find for guidance, entertainment, and at times even just a role model to look up to. Unfortunately those role models don’t always have the best ideas or intentions in mind and end up becoming a less than capable mentor to young people.

The horrible role models aren’t the biggest part of the problem.

They’re a convenient scapegoat for parents that either cannot or do not spend enough time with their kids. Respect is not taught through the TV no matter how educational or a TV show is or what kind of morals it promotes.  A parent’s job is to be there first and foremost, and that is the most important aspect of being a parent. Blaming how a child acts on someone else is simple, it only takes a moment to point the finger. But taking the time to raise one’s kids and be a parent, a guide, a mentor, and someone they can depend on takes far less than many people would claim.

If you don’t like the programs that your kid is watching then change the channel. But don’t blame celebrities for corrupting your children. The lack of guidance is the reason why they learn to disrespect others more often than not. Change the channel, block the program, or better yet, tell your child why the things they see on TV are nothing more than publicity stunts meant to gain attention. Teach your child, don’t simply tell them what to do.

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