Last week was a hard week to be a parent, especially to two little boys who love to watch football.
Everywhere you turned, someone was talking about the massive scandals involving several NFL players and their deplorable conduct. On television. In the newspapers. In line at the grocery store. I did everything in my power to shield them from all of it. I didn’t even let them watch the NFL halftime shows on Sunday because I knew what the topic of discussion would be.
I suppose I could have told them a watered down version of events. It is, after all, in vogue in the parenting world to turn every moment into a “teachable moment.” I suppose we could have had a didactic discussion about whether employers should be able to fire you for your off-the-job conduct. Or whether when you hold yourself out as a role model, you accept that you should be held to a higher standard.