I have been watching a show on ESPN that is called "5 Reasons You Can't Blame." This particular episode has to do with Charles Barkeley's commericial in the early 90s in which he said "I am not a role model." When he said it he was crucified for that statement. In retrospect it seems he was correct. We have so celebrated celebrity some parents have abrogated their responsibility as parents, teachers, and adult role models to athletes and celebrities. I was always appalled to see young kids wearing Dennis Rodman jerseys. What were their parents thinking. Oh, they probably weren't. I think Barkeley was trying to say it isn't the job of celebrities and athletes (aren't they the same?) to raise anyone's kids. You made 'em you raise 'em. Being a parent isn't just a biological function. Quit doing what you want all the time and spend some time with your kids.
I think he had a point. You spend the time with your kids and it will be time well spent. Give the guidance they need and they will respond in a positive way. Being a good athlete in the scheme of life doesn't mean crap. Raising good kids, going to work to support your family, and doing the things a good person does are more important than hitting .300, dunking a basketball, or gaining a thousand yards rushing. These are small, small things compared to being a good parent. Being a good parent is a hell of a lot harder. I remember telling parents at DARE culmination ceremonies that if their kids aren't angry at them 90% of the time they aren't doing their jobs. It means you're giving in too much.