Do You Have A Responsibility To Be A Role Model?

Haven’t we all seen a child mimic their parents or older siblings? Children seem especially eager to emulate those who are older than they.

Many of us have a child in our lives. Maybe it is our own children, other relatives or a neighbor. It could just be a child who sees us out in our community.

The point is that we are all a role model to someone – whether we know it or not. If we remember that others may be learning from our behavior – will that make us strive to be our best selves?

What do you think? Do you have a responsibility to the children in your community to be a good example?

“I’m not paid to be a role model. I’m paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court.”
– Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns, 1993 Nike Commercial

“Charles, you can deny being a role model all you want but I don’t think it is your decision to make. We don’t choose to be role models. We are chosen. Our only choice is whether to be a good one or a bad one.”
-Karl “The Mailman” Malone, Utah Jazz, 1993

Tell us what you think!
Anonymous says:

Both, Charles and Karl are right. Barkley is not paid to be a role model. His job is to play basketball and he is correct in his assertion that moms and dads, doctors and lawyer, preacher and bankers should be the first choice of role models as they grow up. They are the ones closest to them. They are the ones that love them and care for them the most. However, many children do not grow up with a positive role model in their lives so they look for people they can admire and often times it's athletes, entertainers, teachers or coaches and those people don't have a choice in the matter. A young person, for some reasons, identifies with the role model they have chosen. Often times, without the role modes knowledge that the young child even exists.

So, both are correct.

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