Kanye, Miley, Serena and More: Talking to Your Kids About Celebrity Faux Pas

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Jenny Isenman, author of SuburbanJungle.net on Sep 16, 2009 at 1:33PM

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a Jenny Isenman, author of SuburbanJungle.net on Sep 16, 2009 at 1:33PM

How do we, as parents, make sure our children don’t emulate the poor choices their role models might make? Better yet, can we turn a negative episode into a positive lesson? Here are some recent celebrity faux pas and the teachable lesson that can be gleaned from them…from one mother to another.

Serena Williams

The Outburst: At last week’s US Open, Serena Williams threw her racket early in her match, and later blurted out a string of profanities and possibly a threat to a line judge, over a foot fault call.

The Lesson: Don’t be a bad sport

The Williams’ sisters have dominated women’s tennis for almost a decade, and have shown nothing but respect for their sport. Serena’s outburst had disrespectful diva written all over it. No one likes a bad sport, as is evidenced by the media response to this incident. As I say to my seven-year-old, “We all get frustrated. It’s normal, but you have to learn to control your response and your anger. No one wants to see you kick the dirt and throw your bat when you strike out, or refuse to shake hands with the other team.” Explain that even the best players in the world get frustrated and lose their cool. Point out the public backlash over the tantrum, so they realize how unacceptable poor sportsmanship is.

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