Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  Tobias Roote, iSara Russell, iAaron Cole, iKaylin, iKendra Berni, iCarl David, iKen Brosky, i

  Home > Family > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Joy Lawson Jones

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Articles
· Poetry
· Stories
· 5 Titles
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
Member Since: Jul, 2007

Joy Lawson Jones, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

Featured Book
Five Dog Night Volume Two: The Coasts
by Linda Fair

This volume completes the set, and brings Linda and her dogs more thrills and spills. There is even a love triangle, Muttly Crew style! From Thunder Bay to St. John's N..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Featured Book
A Lesson My Cat Taught Me
by Saul Weber

In A lesson My Cat Taught Me, Jennifer and her mother find a friedly, abandoned cat. Upon bringing it home, they soon discover that it has only one eye. Jennifer calls th..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

   Recent articles by
Joy Lawson Jones

Invisible Woman
Times That Try Men's Souls
           >> View all

It's Not What But How That Counts
By Joy Lawson Jones   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Thursday, August 09, 2007
Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2007

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan

Adults are asking kids the wrong questions these days.

It’s Not “What”, But “How” That Counts

I’m tired of adults shaking their heads about athletes and other celebrities who are in trouble, bigtime, with the law, drugs, and violence. These folks are grownups (ostensibly); let them take the consequences of their craziness. What really worries me are kids who are allowed and encouraged by these same moralizing adults to look up to these infamous fools, without being encouraged at the same time to 1) think about what attributes make for a good person leading a decent life, and 2) look close to home and identify adults they already know and can at least see, talk to and touch on a daily basis, and who deserve the title “role model”.


I say we ask our kids the wrong question when we ask "What do you want to be when you grow up?"  Isn’t the far better question “How do you want to be when you grow up?” or even "What kind of life do you want for yourself when you grow up?"  These questions make kids think about what constitutes good quality of life (things like self-respect, regard for others, decent human and family relationships, self-reliance, kindness to living things, etc.) and help them connect their own behavior and decisions to the kind of lives they build for themselves later. These questions also honor kids by encouraging them to look close by and identify folks that have the personal qualities, attributes, and behavior that are the hallmarks of decent living.


We can all name doctors, lawyers, movie stars, athletes, tycoons, politicians and priests who are no role models for our kids, or for anyone else. These are people with plenty of "what" but people who never learned that it’s "how" that makes the big difference in life. Let’s make sure our kids know that.

Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Mother and Us by Kathryn Carrington

Sometimes growing up in disfunction is difficult, but even God has a since of humor, when lessons are to learn for the betterment of SOUL...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

The Libra Solution: Shedding Excess and Redefining Success by Lisa DAnnolfo Levey

The familiar lament of dual-career parents raising children is, "I just can't do it all." The Libra Solution provides an alternative - a more satisfying and sustainable work and li..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.