Roman Gabriel III: Kids need role models to make right choices
Salisbury Post - almost 5 years
SALISBURY — Many things in Roman Gabriel III’s message are familiar.
Give kids role models. Give them something to do. Have parents buy into the efforts to keep them away from drugs and alcohol. Have school assemblies, with strong video messages. Keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter.
But the most refreshing, positive thing Gabriel says could easily be construed as a negative. But it has to be said, until it sinks in.
We’re raising quitters. Coddled, entitled quitters.
The first time kids run into adversity these days, they quit, Gabriel says, describing the entitlement society we have created where every kid expects a trophy no matter how he or she has performed.
When they confront failure or don’t have something to keep their attention, they give up too easily, and things such as alcohol and drugs eventually step in as a crutch.
Then they lose hope.
That’s too simplified, I know, but for too long we’ve allowed kids to go undisciplined, disrespectful, unaccount
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