Now, be honest with me: What would you be like if you were 19 years old and you were worth countless millions of dollars -- more than you could ever spend in a lifetime and you employed a large staff of people to provide whatever you wanted? Would you, at 19, handle that kind of super-privileged life with maturity and personal discipline?
I probably wouldn't.
I don't know that I would be as out of control as Justin Bieber has become but with nobody to guide me -- to tell me no or to say "stop it right now or else"-- well, what would "or else" mean to me? But that kind of destructive indulgence isn't exclusively the world of Justin Bieber or Lindsay Lohan.
Just yesterday, I was talking to Luis Gonzalez, former Diamondbacks baseball star, and as of last week, an inductee into the Latin American Sports Hall of Fame.
I asked him about the perpetually troubled Alex Rodriguez, of the New York Yankees, and his ban from baseball for using performance-enhancing drugs. Gonzalez said, sadly, that Rodriguez was catered to from his days as a high school star to now as "A-Rod," the out-of-work millionaire with unlimited wealth and not an ounce of integrity.
Hey, Mom and Dad, repeat after me: "I love you, honey -- but no!"
Try that every so often, OK?
I'm Pat McMahon.