Who Are The Role Models For Our Kids Now?

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Our kids are our most treasured assets. And they need role models. But have you noticed that these days in our culture, that role model, the term rather a joke in the media? I think it is no secret that a parent basically does not see Miley Cyrus as a good role model for their kids. It takes extraordinary people to be able to shape and mold the young minds and personalities of the youth we see as virtually our own. In a way, they almost are our own. Obviously, they are not. Maybe we secretly like to think that we’d like the “Good Ones” to be our own. The kids who have somehow learned to be mature and responsible and teenagers who manage to defy the odds and develop the right attitude to life and everything. There is a gulf between expectations and the true reality when it comes to role models for our children.

But are we talking about what kids can do, and what they have – or are we just aspiring towards those qualities, and not our kids Per Se? We seem to want our kids to have the skills and qualities qualities that will enable them to become upright well-adjusted adults. But those qualities must come from somewhere. The question is – where? And where are the good role models for our kids? Are we those role models? Or are we lost in a useless dream, or stuck in some fairytale world of false expectations?

Is Steven Seagal a good role model for our sons? He puts all the wrongs of the world right, somehow. Yeah, I’m a big fan, like most. But is this real? Do our kids need to learn Aikido? Beating up the bad guys isn’t exactly what being a good role model is all about. Sigourney Weaver might be a good role model for girls under similar rules here. But is that a real role model? I have a cousin and he has a seven year old kid who has this amazing desire to be a policeman when he grows up. Where did he ever get that idea?

There are no police in his side of the family, (only mine, apparently) and yet, even his parents say they can see it happening. He just seems to be a very responsible kid, with an unusual wisdom about him. Another family I know have a clever daughter who wants to be a school teacher when she finishes school. She is a teenager and has impressive grades. But yet she feels that teaching others is the number one thing she wants to do in the whole world. She has no idea what a teacher gets for salary. That’s what both those kids have in common. They Love To Learn.

Some dreams and ambitions have a peculiar blindness to them, an indifference or naïve tendency. And yet it seems to make the dream stronger or more real somehow.

Would you rather force feed your kids Mozart from age four upwards, have them read all the classics before age ten, do we expose our kids to financial decisions from an early age, or would you rather just let them find them naturally of their own accord? role models are everywhere. We can be inspired by following great leaders and writers and artists. People who change things for the better - they are a great place to start. Try books by Napoleon Hill, Guy Kawasaki, the problem solving genius that was Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak or people like Richard Feynman. Open up people's minds to the healing nurturing possibilities of the cinematic genius and pioneers of Visual Arts like George Lucas, James Cameron or Steven Spielberg. All the people mentioned in this hub have one thing in common. Do you know what it is?

What about the child who wants to be the next Richard Branson? Or Donald Trump? Or Bill Gates or the next Steve Jobs? What about that girl who dreams of being a successful Brain Surgeon? Maybe she excels at Mathematics or Creative Writing and sees herself as a successful Scientist, Technician, Inventor, Programmer or Published Author or Poet?

Or what the child or teen who wants to be a successful model, who wears lovely clothes or whatever for a living? Or that teen daughter who wants to act on the Stage or in Movies? Aren't there kids like that? How can we get our kids to end up loving the things that are good for them and then going out into the world and making a difference?

What makes people become successful entrepreneurs? What can a parent do that can enable those teenagers we have to become successful individuals? How do role models help?

Standing Out From The crowd

What do all the successful people in the world have that makes them what they are? And how can we, as responsible and concerned adults imbue these amazing kids to have those same qualities?

Let’s face it, some human beings are born with a talent or a gifted. They display some kind of ability from an early age, and everyone just knows they are gonna go far in life some day. The model Lyndsey Scott is one example.

While still in her teens and to void bullying by other school kids, for being a bit of a geek (she taught herself how to program with a TI-89 calculator), Lyndsey found a retreat into an area that made her very successful - she taught herself how to program. She learned how to code, how to create software and apps with java, C++, Python and Objective C.

Now after studying computer Science and attending Amherst, she is a successful Afro-American supermodel with a surprising humility, who models on the catwalk by day and programs apps for the iPhone and iPad platforms in her other time. She created the "Educate" and "iPort" apps for the iOS platform. Check out her funny promo video for iPort. (Her wig falls off at the end of it.)

Her Educate! app enables children in Uganda to find sponsors and become entrepreneurs, while iPort enables models and people in the fashion or arts world to present and show their work on an iPad.

The role models we all look for can be found if we just look around and look hard enough. In Robert T. Kawasaki's case, having started and failed at business ventures, and facing defeat and obstacles, he was inspired and penned a serious bestseller with his book "Rich Dad Poor Dad". In the book, he cites examples of amazing wisdom he received from his rich Dad, a successful business role model, a best friend who was an 8th grade school drop out who became a millionaire. It was that sage wisdom helped Kawasaki overcome many hurdles and find success in life. He mentions how failure has different effects on people, depending on their personality. Failure defeats losers, but failure can inspire winners." Kyosaki's wisdom is worth remembering.

Steve Jobs, the genius boss and co-founder of Apple and later Pixar Studios, would know all about this. During the 1990s, when he was reinstated as CEO there for a second period in his life (having previously co-founded the company Apple and having being fired from it) agreed to act as interim CEO with no salary on condition that Apple would only give him a salary and permanent CEO status provided he turned around the companies fortunes. He imagined a computer like none before it, and he gave us the Apple iMac. He turned around the company's fortunes, and also created the iPod, iTunes, the iPhone, and the more recent iPad. He was and still is a Visionary, never to be forgotten. Who was his role model? You'd have to read his story to find out...

Steve Jobs would never do anything as mad as that unless he had a burning passion and a belief for what he did. He was right out there on the edge, making stuff happen. Steve Jobs is a role model if ever there was one. Many credit Jobs with reinventing the modern music, entertainment, mobile phone, tablet PC and app software industries with Apple and other products and brands that have changed the world and how we live.

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I have a life rule for you here. When TWO people show you two different ways of doing the exact same thing, you will discover a third way. That will be your way, which will consist of the best traits and aspects of both their systems of work. That third way can be all the difference. Many of us never get beyond having one mentor / parent and no matter how much they rely on that person, he or she cannot provide what is necessary to produce a third way. Author Robert T. Kawasaki - who authored the book "Rich Dad Poor Dad" made a point of telling us that his personal and financial success came from everything he learned from his rich dad role model. There’s another famous book that says that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of doing something to be a master of that thing. Look for role models who are long practicing experts in some area. Successful people also tend to get help in their journey to be successful, and are enabled by it.

Successful role models are self-starters

When a firm employs people, it looks for candidates with passion, and they have ways of finding it. Clever questions, problems that need fixing, some crisis that reveals that quality somehow. Some obstacle. Some people respond to a challenge!

There are plenty of examples of people with passion. Take people who are poets, or who write. They write whether they get paid for it or not. Are people who do this insane? Or are they a creative miracle? I know another artist who is giving up his art because he can’t sell his art. Where is his passion? Where did it go? Or did it leave him at all? People who have a passion for what they do, will do it no matter what! They are self-starters, they are like robots almost, they program themselves to just that one thing – and they never stop doing it. Until they succeed.

So what are we saying here? Have we found the formula for Superhumans? There’s more to success than just passion. Passion is a love for something. It’s habitual. There is a personal dimension also, outside of that person. Kids will look to the most obvious people in their lives while growing up, for advice, for nurturing, for reassurance, for guidance in what direction they need to go for praise. Kids will look for nourishment, and we instill it in our kids, we all gradually move towards the light, since we know what is good for us. So we need to pass this on.

Some will not have good parents at all, and will have to fend for themselves, which is very hard on them. But a few will discover other people, similar to their parents, a kind of mentor friend who becomes almost a surrogate parent, but will be better than a parent in one or two ways, who will act as a catalyst in that person’s life. That mentor might also be a teacher of some kind.

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Role models can be our best friends

Our role models are likely to be either parents, teachers or a boss or work mate of some kind. Or someone with an innate talent we like and we link up with them. We respect them and perhaps even revere them. If you go through at least the first two levels of education – you will increase your chances of happening upon a role model outside of family. Third level education increases your chances even more. Colleges and universities are hotbeds of innovation and talented people. Remember the story of the two guys behind Google. There were two. The Two guys behind Microsoft, Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Apple’s Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Two is always better than one. There's a far better chance of succeeding.

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We can be the role models for the next generation who are coming along. In these difficult (but not impossible) times, we need to nurture and help and guide these young people. They will need the skills and abilities to survive in the world they will inherit from us. We will succeed in becoming role models by being compassionate, caring, by being responsible (something that’s getting harder for some adults to be these days), by encouraging and giving the younger ones room to grow and discover things, to question things also, by praising good efforts and less praise of the person or the ego. We can be good role models by telling and showing that success takes hard work and commitment. All successful people have to work hard to achieve their dreams. So let's show them how we can be their role models, and start giving them something to believe in, besides fairy tale happy endings. We can be role models by making a good example.

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TattoGuy 6 years ago

Great hub as always my lovely Cheeky Cassy, for me David Bowie was deff a role model, pure genius and music that will last forever. Btw just so you know me and Cabin Girl will have a Happy New Year as I actually am Cabin Girl lol, you do know Cabin Girl is the alter-ego I use to write poems.

Loves ya loads, have a cracking New Year, now I am off to finish my Tigers Tattoos Hub, oh and a huge hug back at ya ; )


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Aaaah It is so great to see your face here! *hugs you back* Yes, I knew that but I thought you wanted to keep up the ridiculous pretence that she was someone else!!! LOL! How many more of ..uh you are there anyway? Bowie is a maestro! Great, I can't wait to read your Tigers Hub! I stuck you on my profile page (not literally, that would be painful!) I am having a cracking holiday off from work and Hope you are relaxing with HealthTip, Cabin Girl and Bad Company! Jeez, yiz could have a party with all that! Heh! Take care! I'm off to take lady Penelope aka Cathy, aka Motherload, aka pain-in-the-ass (I'm kidding!) for late lunch! : )


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Well you enjoy yer lunch and give Cathy a hug from me, I have another ego that I will use in the New Year for doing black humor celeb shit, guess what the ego is called, Simon-Towel...........LOL.

Omg I just loves farting about, anyways have a good night moi friend ; )


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

This is a great Hub - there are role models everywhere but we don't hear about them. Mine was always Rosie the Riveter who did what she had to do.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

@ TattoGuy: Simon-Towel! OMG that would be so cool! But you do celeb sh ahem stuff so great - it would be awesome, especially with your sense of humour! Its an interesting idea! No matter what you do, it's always entertaining the pants off people! Take care : )

Yeah, Cathy is gonna do a Hub herself now, she likes your hubs!

@ suziecat7: Thanks for the comments! Was Rosie into some kind of "Construction work" or is there something else to that? LOL!


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stricktlydating 6 years ago from Australia

Great Hub Cheeky Girl, and Happy Holidays!


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

To strictlydating:

Why thankyou so much my ausie blond friend! It's great to get nice comments, especially from you! I've been sneaking over and checking your hubs! LOL! Happy New Year to you and yours! ; )


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

Rosie the Riveter is the symbol used for the women (who previously were stay at home houswives) who took over men's jobs in WWII while the men were off at war. It was the first time women were able to establish themselves in the workforce and they kept the economy going.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

@ suziecat7: Wow! I learned something new and useful today. That's an expression I haven't heard of! Thanks for sharing that with me! It was really baking my noodle, trynna figure that out! LOL! : )


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Happy New Year from all my egos to you and Cathy my good friend Cassy, 2010 is gonna be a cracker xox


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

*Hugs you big fellah! Happy New year to you from Us! Yes, 2010 will be better than 2009, thank goodness! Loved your Tigers Hub! : )


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

nurture and guidance is all like you said it, hmmm these children are priceless too, they need role models as well, happy new year Cheeky, continue to be cheeky and more for you this year 2010, Maita


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

@ prettydarkhorse: Hy Maita! You're right - kids are priceless, and yes, they do need nurturing and guidance. What they seem short of, is that slightly elusive character that can make it happen for them, the role model, the person they can aspire to, the person they can relate to, and follow, or emulate ...or...just add the rest yourself! I thought it would be an interesting hub to end on for the last days of 2009. A little optimism never hurt anyone! It's always good to get your input, Maita. Have a good 2010, my friend. Cheers! : )


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Megavitamin 6 years ago

Really great hub! Interesting ideas about what it means to be a role model. You know David Bowie gets my vote :0)


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

@ Megavitamin: Thanks for this, Megavitamin! I really liked writing this hub, I have always wanted to do this hub, I just had to think about it a little. I can see that someone needed to try doing a hub about this subject. Kids need Role models. And yes, although I don't mention it up there, even adults need Role models too! Yeah, David Bowie is a great Vote getter! I should email him! LOL! Happy New Year!


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Ladybird33 6 years ago from Georgia USA

GREAT hub and I strive everyday to be a better role model to my son. I will have to put this one my blog, because it's a good one!


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

@ Ladybird: Aw, that's sweet of you! Thanks for commenting, Ladybird. Its always nice to get your input!


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder

It is interesting what you said about having more than one person show you how to do things, and how you will come up with your own way. My favorite teacher in high school knew more ways to solve the same problem than anyone else I have ever met. By always having another method to do things, he showed me that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to accomplishing certain things. If one way doesn't work well for you, find another. I think that it really helped me since he was a math teacher, and math is so concrete.

I find having multiple teachers to be very helpful, even if all I learn is how NOT to do something. :)


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

@ Ivorwen: That's a good point, because we can most of us relate to a time when we were shown more than one way to do a thing. Speaking of Math, I remember during Maths we were doing trignometry and area of a triangle, and we discovered an alternative to Pythagoras' Triangle solution, namely the slightly lesser know "Hero's Formula". Its kinda cool when you discover things like that.

There's always a solution if we look hard enough for it, even if we need a little help every now and then...

Thanks for the comments!


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

Weird...when I was a kid, all of my role models were fictional.

Real people let me down too much.


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Unfortunately - some of the worst role models are found not in characters (fictional or real) but in systems. Example of what I mean is the education system itself - many great teachers - but a system not designed to bring out the best in people.... too many people are being taught that the government will care for them (another system). I'll take a fist swinging role model over the two systems I mentioned any day.

We need more personal accountability taught at all levels - not social hand outs now being taught/praised. Unfortunately people are being taught to looked up too hand outs and not fight for personal accountability. We need to point our fingers at ourselves and teach others to look at themselves too. Seagal's movies do that!

Fist swinging is far better than looking for hand outs! Fighting for a greater good is better than begging for one, or wishing one would be "handed to us."

Great hub!


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Where are you both, I miss you !


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

@ sabreblade: I have to say that sometimes, people in reality are not as great as they are in fiction. You make a good point there. But there are good role models, and I have never given up looking for them!

@ Neil Sperling: Wow! Now we are talking! You make some great points here. In fact both you and sabreblade kind of cover 2 very interesting contrasts! Heroes and role models are hard to find in reality as opposed to fiction, while Neil - you reason that systems are not good places to find role models. I am reading a book on Aung San Suu Kyi, and she is an amazing role model, she defies a political system that constantly moves against her and her people, and yet she won the nobel Prize for Peace for her noble political efforts.

You make a good point on social handouts and the way that the welfare state can weaken the independence and character of people over time. Personal accountability is a crucial factor in role models and in good leadership. You make that connection I think, Neil. I really appreciate your views here, my friend.

Sabreblade makes a good point about fiction where her role models reside also, and it is curious that most of the people that Seagal in his movies (fiction) represents a kind of role model who has to kick ass to get the changes we need. H'mmm! Mighty interesting!...

@ TattoGuy: Well, hello there, Capn! Been missing me, have you? I was writing some new hubs. Hope you are keeping well! : )


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

wonderful thoughts...and I agree with you completely! you're a very talented and sensitive writer...so keep it up! wishing you a very happy new year..x


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

@ myownworld: Hello, my friend! Thankyou for these sweet thoughts. I seem to be making an impression here. I'm glad. I had the urge to make a hub more mature and more about how I feel about role models. The world could use a few more, I think. I hope the New Year brings you all the things you wish for. Thanks! : )


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Ten Blogger 6 years ago

Good one Cheeky.. I think Parents could be a good role models for Kids first ! Then could be teachers and some great business leaders like Bill Gates - who have shown the world they can do philanthrophy as well !


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

@ Ten Blogger: You are right, parents and teachers have a lot to offer. Business people are some of the best role models I have ever known!


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Cheeky Girl -- you are an Awesome Role Model yourself *hugs*


HeatherS 6 years ago

My! This really is a great article on role models. I have just completed reading your three pages on how you met Cathy. I am going to read more. There is more to all this than I realised. And you are a wonderful writer. I am very impressed by the sense of community here. How many people write here? Its big. I am so impressed, but most impressed by you. Thankyou for sharing these things with us, and me.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

@ Neil Sperling: Why thankyou sir! Me an awesome role model! Wait till I tell my Gran! LOL! Seriously, that's a nice comment from you here! reading your Bio, I can say the same applies to you. You have the hubs and the personality to prove it. Here's a big warm hug back for you! *Hugs you back*


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

@ HeatherS: Aw, I am blushing now! I might ask you for a character reference later! Heh! I'm kidding! You really are a great fan! I am still answering your comments today! Hub Pages is enormous! It will be the world's biggest repository of information like this some day! I hope to still be here by then! It's always good to see you here! Enjoy my hubs and everyone elses hubs too! WHo knows, you might even want to join Hubs! : )


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chrissie123 6 years ago

great hub really good topic here. I have no kids lol because I am still a kid myself, but I am 18 in the year 2010 so I don't have to many role models (good ones anyways) look at the garbage they feed us young folk these days its terrible. ANd people wonder why so many teens kill themselves. Look around at all the negatives kids get into. Lets get kids better role models!!!


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Chrissie123: It's great to get your comment here, Chrissie. You may be 18 but you have the right to have good role models. They are hard to find out there in the world of the media and popular journalism, but there are good role models in real life. Sometimes we have to dig a bit to find them, but it is worth the effort. I truly believe it. I sheepishly admit some of mine I discovered accidentally. My folks died when I was a nipper, and I was an only child raised by my Grandparents. I had a happy childhood, and I am lucky to have this life now. I could cry at the horror of seeing how young people who have their lives in front of them just throwing it away. The young people today are fed a lot of negativity, you are right. But I am one person who doesn't always accept the status quo, and like to find also the positive things and people, I mean good decent people out there. We can all find them if we look hard enough.

We are all born with an amazing ability. We have the power to change if we want. And if we dream it hard enough.

I agree with your sentiments. I also believe in the idea that if things can be better, then lets help to make it better. You are always welcome here, Chrissie. You make a difference in the world to me. Consider me a fan.


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DREAM ON 6 years ago

I think this hub should be on the front page of every newspaper everyday to tell people to come alive and give all you have and don't stop until you achieve what you came out to get.Too many people are guided by the I almost made it and it is time to give up.I love this hub and I will constantly reread it to remind myself.I am closer than the day before and almost there.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello, Dream On: Gosh, this is a lovely comment. What a nice thing to say! I am so glad that you think that way. I agree, people should realize that there is much more to life and they should not be afraid to reach for those goals in life. And to be an inspiration for others. Pass on the good things we learned along the way. In many ways - it is you who has inspired me here today as well. And I will keep doing hubs like this too. Cheers, moi friend! Have a great day! : )


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

Honestly this is one of the best hubs I have read

Thank you

Kimberly


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello Kimberly: That's nice of you! I 'm glad you liked it! Well that has cheered me up today! Thank you very much! Cheers!


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

Cheeky Girl, a big hug for you! You are an amazing writer! I could not have said this any better than you have. All children learn from watching and then applying what they learn. They choose what "fits" them and discard what doesn't. They'll have a million tryons before they find something that fits better than the last thing. Oh, some of us are still trying!! :D Eye opening, thought provoking and just, overall GREAT!!! Ah, another big hug for you!! :)


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hey Beth, thanks for the great comments here. I seem to have hit a good note with this hub. Gosh, it's my Gran who says I am the by-product of a good childhood, and she is right. I had a great childhood, and relate to kids and anyone raising kids. Maybe I will be a Mom myself some day. I'd like to have kids. It's a dream of mine. Yes, some of us are still trying, as you say! Heh! I can so relate to that. Kids have an amazing capacity to learn. My grandparents gave taught me to have a capacity to forgive, and perhaps its why I am so positive about stuff. Any way, thanks for these lovely comments. I am truly touched, Beth. And thank you for the nice hugs too! Cheers! :)


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Nice hub and though i see every child in India is trying to copy a movie actor or a cricketer. Children tend to pick bad habits of stars very quickly so the stars which have huge child following have lots of responsibility but not everyone does take that. One example is tendulkar who is like god in India for last 21 years and yet he never had any link up, married to his wife for more than 16 years now and never smoked or drank publically nor ever had any controversy on anything. The role models like these even though like sachin they earn 100s of millions are the ones we should make children follow. Your hub was nice one and i came to know few things about usa too.


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello sweetie1: yes, kids can pick up bad habits, but if we gently point out the rewards for good behaviour and for picking up the good habits, we can all be the richer with having well-reared children. My first role models were my Grandparents and Teachers. The person's responsible for our kids are simply us, and we can't afford to "pass the buck" and blame anyone but us if things go wrong with our kids.

I did some wild things in my teens but my Grandparents say I turned out okay. LOL! Kids will rebel a bit against their parents or grandparents a bit but if there is love and warmth and affection in the home, all kids will who is number one when things go bad...their families are who they turn to. Kids just need those reinforcing and supportive role-models.

My teens changed me in very big ways and because my Grandparents fully supported me and embraced the changes, I flourished because of it. When my Grandad told me it was okay to rebel a bit, it changed my view and made me less of a rebel somewhat. LOL! Maybe it was reverse psychology or whatever, but it worked. My grandparents knew how to handle kids and girls like me. Heh!

The Indian star Tendulkar sounds like a good role model, sweetie. And Sachin sounds good too. These are great names and I wish more hubbers would suggest role models like you did. Thanks for this! Have a sweet day! :)

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