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Study Debunks Idea That Celebrities Serve as Role Models for Young Kids

Think basketball players are role models? Maybe not. Credit: AP "I am not a role model," basketball player Charles Barkley declared in a Nike commercial in 1993. "I'm not paid to be a role model. I'm paid to wreak havoc on the basketba...Charles Barkley vindicated. He really is NOT a role model.

Superheroes as Role Models: Today's Heroes Send the Wrong Message to Boys

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Iron Man 2. Credit: Francois Duhamel, Paramount
Without the cape, Superman was just mild-mannered, clumsy Clark Kent, who could never quite get the girl. By day, Spider-Man was the shy and dorky Peter Parker. A...

The 10 Best New Picture Books for Spring

Every season brings bright new picture books, and Cabin Fever has the great pleasure of choosing from among the riches the very best. With help from my personal focus group of readers (and pre-readers), here's what made our shortlist of top new pictu...

Opinion: Disgraced Athletes Should Stop Playing The Kid Card

Quarterback Michael Vick is back in the NFL, where he played sparingly for the Philadelphia Eagles last season. Credit: Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images
Whenever a professional athlete screws up, one of the first things we hear is about how he wants to...

President Obama - A Parent's Best Role Model

Okay, so there's that pesky economy to fix, the educational system to support, wars to be ended, a national reputation to be restored ... Barack Obama has a lot on his agenda now that he has officially been sworn in as President. There's one task he ...

Gangs getting new members due to missing role models

In what shouldn't surprise anyone who has thought even the least bit about these sorts of issues, a lack of positive role models in their lives is leading to gang membership for many British kids, according to the Prince's Trust, an organization that...

Miley Cyrus - banned by British moms

Do you have a Miley Cyrus fan in your house? I sure do. Mine loves her music, her style and her television show. She knows Cyrus' favorite color, the names of her pets and every word to all of her songs. What she doesn't know is that her idol has a v...

Is Angelina Jolie a bad influence?

I admit that I am not all that familiar with Angelina Jolie's body of work. I know plenty about her body, her humanitarian work and her personal life, but I don't see many movies that aren't rated "G". I do know that Jolie gets a lot of positive pres...

UN: Celebrities encouraging drug use among youth

According to the United Nations' drug control agency, parents who fear that drug-abusing celebrities are setting a bad example for our kids have good reason to be concerned. The International Narcotic Control Board says it's not the drug use alone th...

The summer of drugs and alcohol

This summer was the first that Ellie and I both got to stay home together every single day. I didn't go to an office and she didn't go to day care or summer school. I enjoyed our time together more than I thought possible and am sad that it is over. ...

Mandy Moore -- a decent role model that isn't totally lame?

For the time being, my three-year-old's biggest role models are her parents, her friends, and Dora the Explorer. But as she gets older, I'm sure it won't be that long before she's turning to pop stars and other celebrities as inspiration for her beha...

Celebrity bad girls: addicts or just acting their age?

It seems every week one of these young and restless starlets is getting in trouble. DUIs, stints in rehab and jail, eating disorders, getting out of cars with key pieces of clothing missing in action... the list of offenses is long. This leads many a...

Good Celebrity Role Models for Girls

The tabloids, paired with the 50% possibility that I may give birth to a daughter, have me thinking about female role models. Is there anyone out there that young girls can look up to? I'm not picky at this point -- just show me someone who is famous...

A soccer mom's duties, continued

This summer, as many people are well aware, the World Cup games will be played in Germany. This is a huge athletic event that many Americans do not quite seem to grasp. In Europe this event has taken over and the soccer hoopla is way beyond anything ...

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