Michael Phelps Out of the Pool, into Hot Water (again)

Oops, he did it again. News reports of Olympic swimming phenom Michael Phelps latest embarrassing brush with drugs and alcohol last weekend almost outpaced news of our troubled economy and that other big sports event that takes place every February.

Following the 2004 Olympics, Phelps was caught drunk driving, and promised his fans it would never happen again. Just four years later, Phelps was photographed taking a bong hit at what was reported to be a party at a university Phelps was visiting.The US Olympic Committee said, Michael is a role model, and he is well aware of the responsibilities and accountability that come with setting a positive example for others, particularly young people in this instance, he failed to fulfill those responsibilities.

Many of us know by now that the brain doesn’t fully develop the ability to make good judgments until age 25  Phelps is 23 but I’m still surprised at seeing that this unfortunate decision was made so publicly. Reports that Phelps has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder also pique my concern some research studies have shown a greater risk of drug abuse among kids with this diagnosis. Its not my place to be a parent to Phelps, but its definitely my place to talk to my kids about this situation.

Have you talked to your kids? What did they say—and what did you tell them?

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