PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Like it or not, celebrities and athletes are role models for children. With the locker room culture of football locker rooms being exposed in light of the Richie Incognito incident and pop star Miley Cyrus smoking marijuana on stage, who are kids supposed to look up to?
Psychologist and author Dr. Kevin Leman joined KDKA Radio’s Larry Richert and John Shumway to talk about today’s culture.
Dr. Leman says these are examples of the type of mentality that youths have today, calling it an “instant Jell-O society, where everyone wants fame and wealth.”
Dr. Leman says he has worked with college and professional football players in his career and that they have a sense of “entitlement.”
The same goes for kids today. He says the way they are brought up makes them feel like, “they are the center of the universe.”
“Common respect, decency is lacking (and) parents don’t know how to say no to their children,” Dr. Leman said.
He says that every child needs what he calls “Vitamin N,” or saying no. Children getting everything they want is something that contributes to the problem of youths having an “inflated egos.”
Dr. Leman says one of the things he writes about in his books is false praise. He uses the example of a child striking out and still being praised by their parents.
When it comes to football, Dr. Leman said hazing exists, but the situation with the Dolphins in his opinion is, “way overboard.”
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You can visit Dr. Leman’s website at www.DrLeman.com.