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Five Good Role Models for Kids

Since I watch a lot of television with my kids, I often have to point out to them that while a character might be hilarious to watch, they aren’t necessarily a good role model. This inevitably brings up the question, “Why are the funniest characters on television the worst role models?” Well, to disprove that premise, here are some of the best role models for children.

Dr. Leonard Hofstadter (The Big Bang Theory)
Putting aside the fact that Leonard is a full on genius, he is the kind of guy that young boys should aspire to be. He is respectful of women, a good housekeeper, a loyal friend and clearly has good study habits. More importantly, he gives young men hope of scoring chicks who are way out of their league.

Daryl Philbin (The Office)
Daryl is a true American success story. Going from a recurring character who runs a warehouse to a regular who manages the entire shipping division for the whole office. He’s also a single father who cares deeply about his daughter as well as a true friend. On top of all that he’s hilarious. Who says that working in an office has to be joyless?

Leslie Knope (Parks and Rec)
Despite Leslie’s personality quirks and innate awkwardness, she is a role model that any young girl can aspire to. Smart as a whip, honest to a fault and more driven that any government employee on or off television. If you can get past her constant weirdness, she;s pretty cute, too.

Ted Mosby (How I Met Your Mother)
There are some people who see Ted as a loser due to his inability to find love but I see him as the opposite. Ted is such a believer in true love that he is on a never-ending quest to find that one perfect woman to have his children and then build a show around her. Besides, being an architect is a pretty sweet gig.

Cam Tucker and Mitchell Pritchett (Modern Family)
Since gay characters started appearing on television, very few of them have been more than horrible stereotypes. Cam and Mitchell are good parents, upstanding citizens and it’s no doubt that they are gay. I can’t think of two better examples of how it “gets better” for a young gay teen.

Hear more from the King of TV on The Paul Goebel Show podcast and at his website, www.TheKingofTV.com. You can also follow Paul on Twitter @PaulGoebelShow.

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