More Lessons in Fatherhood … from Adrian Peterson and the NFL

I’ve always liked Adrian Peterson. He seems like a nice, well-meaning guy. But sometimes, even very nice guys make some very bad—even tragic—mistakes.

The Minnesota Vikings running back has been charged with child abuse after using a switch (a small tree limb) to spank his 4-year-old son. According to reports, the beating left the boy’s backside and legs cut and bruised.

The Minnesota Vikings haven’t quite known what to do with the situation. First, they suspended their star (and lost that weekend).

If No Man Is An Island, Is Adrian Peterson The Problem?

If you’re a dad… or a mom… or an American human being with a pulse, you’ve probably heard (at least a little) about the parenting-related news surrounding the NFL and the Minnesota Vikings’ All-Pro running back, Adrian Peterson.

If you need caught up… well, there’s really just too much flying around to detail here, and most of it is surrounded by a lot of righteous indignation and flanked by myriad uses of the term, “alleged.” That being said, Peterson “allegedly” spanked/beat his 4-year-old son pretty severely.¹ (You can find out more here and here if you’re interested.)

Spanking is not a new controversy.

Forgiving Miley: Our Culture’s Problem with Prodigals

What in the world are we to make of Miss Miley now?

On Sunday, just one day shy of a full calendar year since her infamous turn on the stage at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus took home hardware as the music video for her song, “Wrecking Ball,” topped all contenders for “Video of the Year.”

Except she didn’t actually take home the award. In fact, she didn’t even accept it.