How to Make Sure You Don't Raise Another Colin Kaepernick

You don't have to be a football fan to know that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem.

If you are a fan, there's a good chance that you are passing your love of the game on to your children. For almost two decades we were a football family as our boys played their way up from community junior leagues into high school football. My husband used that common ground to pour many of his core beliefs about the characteristics of a good man into them.

There's so much more to supporting your boys who are playing the game than teaching them to win. Don't get me wrong—I'm not saying winning isn't the end goal. I'm saying that there are strength of character-building opportunities right along with the needed strength of physical endurance-building that make the game worth the risk of injury.

Herein lies the rub with Kaepernick. He is a good example for your children to learn a very important life lesson—or two.

There's a lot of talk about respect, and lack of respect for the national anthem, and rightly so. What Kaepernick did was disrespectful.

As parents, there are three vital elements we need to instill in our children -- and sports can be a good avenue to do just that.

Next page: It all starts with respect.