Dr. Lipoff: Who are Your Kids' Role Models?

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Dr. Lipoff: Who are Your Kids' Role Models?


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By Dr. Jay Lipoff

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” - Rosa Parks

A long time ago, Charles Barkley had a commercial on TV in which he told the audience something like; “Athletes aren’t role models for your kids, you are.” Boy he wasn’t kidding. Well these last few weeks gave us just another dose of watching icons fall.

Lance Armstrong has finally admitted he used performance enhancing drugs after denying it for years. Sounds like every other athlete firmly holding on to the “innocent until there’s nowhere else for me to hide” rule like: Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, A-Rod, Rafael Palmeiro, Marion Jones, Ben Johnson, Floyd Landis, Roger Clemens and so many more.

Who didn’t want to believe Armstrong could have battled Cancer and then not only survive but dominate his sport. Like most things, it was just too good to be true.

Some of us realize that cycling has been touted as a dirty sport for years and much like baseball, if everyone else is doing something to make themselves better how do you not join in to be able to compete and maintain your livelihood?

A guy goes from hitting .270 to .330 in baseball and then signs a $15 million a year contract because of his stats. That is pretty enticing.

Just look at the popularity of bodybuilding versus natural bodybuilding. People want to see larger than life freaks. So people cheat and that’s not something I want my kids to learn to do.

The press is also at fault because it helps raise these “athletes” to God-like status. I think back to the steroid fueled homerun race with Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds and how great it was to bring back an interest in baseball. Sadly the single season home run record held by Roger Marris was lost to chemically enhanced athletes.

If you want to find sports figures to look up to, check out real baseball Hall of Famers like Cal Ripken, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan and soon Derek Jeter. These are what sports icons should be like.

But these guys aren’t controversial enough and that’s what sells magazines. This is the same reason we have to tolerate the Kardashians, Hiltons and Honey Boo-Boo the child beauty pageant hopeful. Is this really must see TV?

Do we watch these shows because they’re funny, sad in a Jerry Springer kind of way or because we idolize these people? Or is it because the rubberneckers have to watch to see the inevitable train wreck?

I guess my point is that of all the things your kids are exposed to, the one constant, is you. Your positive influence and life lessons help shape your child into who they will become. Do you want them adopting your values or the Kardashians?

Even Britney Spears got it and once said, “I would like to be called an inspiration to people, not a role model--because I make mistakes like everybody else. When I'm offstage, I'm just like everybody else.” Just look at Lindsay Lohan or Mel Gibson. Good grief!

Exactly! People make mistakes. Hollywood Stars and athletes make huge mistakes but rarely face the same consequences you and I would. They don’t live in reality. But the struggles to stay afloat we have is real and the kids are listening to what we say. That’s for sure, because although funny, I’ve heard my kids repeat the words I’ve said after something fell on my toe.

Recently a buddy asked me if I watched a game and I told him I taped games for the most part. He looked at me puzzled. I told him that way I can interact with my kids and watch it later while I exercise on the treadmill. He was shocked. But as I watch my kids grow and learn so fast, I want to be a huge part of it. Otherwise I’m going to miss it.

I’m also pretty sure I would get my butt handed to me by the Mrs. if I was laying around watching the game while she entertained the boys.

That Harry Chapin song, “Cats in the Cradle” plays in the back of my mind. I need to take time to be there for my kids even though work is calling. I may not be perfect but I am better suited to teach my kids about life than any athlete, actor or TV personality.

So in closing, the best role models for your kids are you, the parents. All we can do is try our best to teach them moral values, respect for others, hope, a good work ethic and love.

Ironically my 4-year-old already tells me he knows everything so I guess I better focus on the younger one.

Should the NFL Move the Super Bowl?

I know it’s called Super Bowl Sunday but is it really that much of a big deal to move it to Saturday Night?

Did you know the Monday after the game is the number one missed day in the workforce? Almost 4.5 million people will show up late or miss work. It also amounts to another $150 million or more in lost productivity on Monday.

That is an economic disaster in a time when our economy already struggles.

Some fans are calling for a national holiday to make it okay to take Monday off. Wouldn’t it be much easier to just play the game Saturday night? Fans could party, recover and travel back on Sunday and not miss work.

I think it would also benefit all of the teams’ communities if they moved the Super Bowl throughout the country. So one year it is in Green Bay, Buffalo or Baltimore. Imagine what that boost to the economy would be like?

So it snows in some of these places. That’s football. It isn’t always sunny and warm. I think it would be fun and help our economy.

What do you think Maryland?

Thank you to everyone who has emailed questions. If you have any topics you would like me to cover, any type of personal health concerns or questions, feel free to email me at DrJay@BackAtYourBest.com. I will answer them in private or in this section in a week or two.

Dr. Jay M. Lipoff is the owner of Back At Your Best Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, LLC, which is located in the Wildewood Shopping Center. Dr. Lipoff is also the author of “Back At Your Best; Balancing the Demands of Life With the Needs of Your Body.” It is available in book and Kindle format at Amazon, www.BAYBBook.com and at his office.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in 1990, a Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) from New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) in 1994 and he became a Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) in 2005.

Dr. Lipoff is an Executive Board Member, International Chiropractic Association Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science; has a radio segment: Back At Your Best in 5 Minutes or Less, Co-Founder, Drug Free Training USA; Member, NY Strength-promoting the importance of physical conditioning; Board Member of Public Relations Committee, Maryland Chiropractic Association; has spoke on nationally broadcasted radio interviews, has articles in print and referenced in over 100 print papers, magazine and on websites, President, Wildewood Business Network-promoting better business relations and community outreach.

For more information, go to www.BackAtYourBest.com or find us on facebook or call 301-863-BEST (2378).

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