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Learn from Tiger Woods

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By The Staff

We’ve heard a lot this week about Tiger Woods and his return to the golf course.

I’m sure you’re wondering once again how this relates to Assets.

The truth is the Assets program was given a small portion of money to run the Tiger Woods Foundation program in Los Alamos this year. It started out with several groups in town interested in reading Woods’ book, “Start Something.” We started out great and the kids found it interesting and  an easy read.

Then we arrived at the month of November.

“Oh Tiger, say it ain’t so;” was my first thought.

“Oh dear, I’m working with an elementary population,” was my second thought.

I still wanted to cover the topics in the book because it is a really good book. However, when the words sexual addiction and pornography came into play, I decided we needed to step away from the curriculum.

The biggest reason was that Tiger is intimately woven into every lesson. Since I am not a school employee, I couldn’t jeopardize staff members by continuing the program as it was written.

Well, here we are several months later and while we still aren’t engaged with the program in its current form, it allowed me to teach a different lesson.

Irrelevant of what you thought of his public apology, I feel like he made two points that need to be taken to heart by every student and adult in the community.

At some point he felt entitled and that the rules didn’t apply to him.

Wow, is there a take- home message there that applies to everyone, or is it just me?

There are people of varying ages in the community who appear to have inherited the entitled gene and many who often feel like the rules don’t apply.

I think this is an interesting conversation to have with school-aged students. I’ve heard a lot lately about graffiti, vandalism and blatant disregard for common sense; things such as throwing trash in a trash can, inside a building.

When I hear about these things I assume that my own children would follow simple rules, but as the saying goes, “You know what happens when you assume?”

I find the current stories about bullying related to text messages and new students at school, horrific.

As parents and care givers, we need to have these conversations with our own children even if with we think issues like that aren’t happening in their lives.

The truth is you learn to stop, drop and roll and know how and where to evacuate your home prior to fire when these skills are needed.

So we might need to discuss potential situations with our youth in case they come upon a situation they need to handle.

We need to understand that kids have a lot to deal with and even if they push us away, we need to find a way to communicate.

As students age, it is a very fine line between letting the bay bird learn to fly and not being engaged in their lives. Just when they push you away is the time they need you the most.

The rules apply to everyone and no one is above them.

Sometimes we need to be reminded of what the rules are and to remind our youth. We all tend to forget things from time to time, but it isn’t okay to be ignorant because you don’t want to take the time to find out.

Like Tiger, everyone deserves a second chance and sometimes it is easier to forgive someone we don’t know, but not apply to same rules to those close. Forgive and forget. Check up and check in.

Bernadette Lauritzen is the Assets Coordinator for Los Alamos. She can also be heard Mondays from 9-10am on AM 1490, KRSN. This week she looks at the Chamisa Craft fair and the upcoming Clean Up Los Alamos Day.