Wanting to be Perry Mason gave me clear goals and a purpose to my life that helped me avoid some of the problems many of my friends had. To become a lawyer, I had to work very hard, get good grades and most important, stay out of trouble. I wonder how many kids today would be helped if Perry Mason was still winning every case? Who are the positive role models our kids have today? All Super heroes and wizards, rock stars and athletes, but almost every adult is flawed, some so badly that kids believe every lawyer is a liar, every cop is a crook, and every teacher is...I don't want to think about it. But seriously, are there any positive role models for kids today? Look at our politicians and you have the sad answer. I am firmly convinced that when kids have goals and a purpose early in life they have a better chance to avoid drugs and criminal behavior, as well as gangs and bullying. I think every parent and teacher should try to help their child set goals. Hey, I still do it on every birthday. Do I always reach my goals? Of course not, but in setting goals, just trying to reach them, you better yourself. I didn't become Perry Mason, but the lessons I learned in wanting to become a lawyer made me want to work hard and achieve as a teacher, and now an author. So help your child set goals and give them a target to guide their success.
One final note. Not every child needs to aim to become a lawyer, doctor, President, but having a specific goal, based on their interests, is something every child will benefit from. That early love of law has come full circle for me in my new series, Tales of Monstrovia, where a very unusual lawyer is my homage to Perry Mason. Does Jasper Doofinch, aka Doofinch the Defender, win every case? You'll have to read my award-winning book to find out. Remember, you could have a lawyer in the family too.