Bewildered

I am somewhat bewildered by the sports fans of today. I like most people in the U.S. was enjoying the excitement of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 4th, 2018. The outcome was to say the least surprising. The Philadelphia Eagles (the underdogs), beat the New England Patriots (5 time winners). The excitement in the country was overwhelming; but clearly more overwhelming for the fans of both the Patriots and the Eagles. That weekend, numerous Patriots and Eagles fans were arrested and/or injured. Stores were vandalized, fires started, personal property destroyed. Believe it or not, someone in Philly even ate horse poop – extremely bewildering.

What exactly does this type of behavior do to our children? You are probably thinking that it does not affect our children because our children know better than to behave like this. However, the students at the University of Massachusetts are somebody’s children and at least 12 of them were arrested. The guy in Philly who ate poop is someone’s child, possibly even some child’s father. My point here is that we cannot assume that our children know how to act when presented with circumstances such as these. You’ve likely heard of mob mentality taking control and these are perfect examples of that. Use what took place this weekend as an opportunity to discuss these scenarios with your children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews. Make sure they know that behavior like that is never acceptable. Make sure they know the importance of exhibiting good values and good judgment.

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