They're at the very least better than the messages sent to young girls in
movies like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty where, if you're pretty enough
and simply wait it out, eventually some guy will come and take you away from all
If you want to counteract any thought that you child may have that if they just
think they can do anything without working for it you just show them the
audition episodes from shows like American Idol. There are lots of people who
think they are great and are destined for greatness, but that is where it ends.
The bigger ego they have, the bigger they crash and burn when placed in front of
If we are relying on movies and television to "teach" our kids, then we
are in a much dire situation than that described in this article. The real
problem is being able to separate fantasy from reality. What we see in TV and
movies is in most settings supposed to be taken for entertainment and a theme or
message portrayed. If we allowed TV fantasy land to teach us, then we would
never go to work, but hang out in our apartments or coffee shops all day. We
would never close doors or fridges, we would sleep in separate beds than our
spouse, and we would never have a sophisticated conversation--constantly trying
to inject one liners for maximum amusement.For entertainment value,
it's okay to be a snail and aspire to be a racecar. I've been that
guy who thought he could accomplish anything, even without proper preparation.
Even after the failure, I've done okay with moving on with life and still
taken care of my responsibilities.
Hard work is usually required, but I think that to so completely discount the
power of positive thinking and determination is far scarier, and more sinister.
Ask any pro athelete how their mind set effects their performances in the
nations biggest stadiums. Yeah, they worked their butt off to get there, but
what it they belived they couldn't get that pass or shoot that basket?
...and I read books as a children about the "Little Engine that
Could".This article is much to do about nothing.
I think most kids will figure this out over time. I wanted to be a professional
golfer but it just didn't happen. But I still have a day job I generally