After reading the wonderful article, “Pot Parents: Smoking’s Better Than Drinking!,” I decided to to give a tip regarding children protecting their parents so they NeverGetBusted.
I’ve received lots of emails and heard many reports involving children telling on parents…usually by accident. One small girl triggered a raid by taking a marijuana leaf to school for a “show and tell.” Another third-grader got his parents busted because he had been around pot smokers all his life and freely discussed his parent’s lifestyle with his teacher. These mishaps can happen to any good parent so take these precautions to ensure you NeverGetBusted.
The first thing a parent should do is teach their child the value and honor of keeping a secret. These “house secrets” are vital to a family’s security. A great way to teach this is tell the small child the contents of another person’s birthday gift and brag each day the secret is kept. We always made this a fun game for our kids and rewarded them with praises during their success.
We also taught our kids to never keep a secret from us and if any adult ever insisted they keep a secret from us to immediately tell. This step protects your child from sexual predators who often demand secrets must be kept.
After the parent is confident the child understands the value of a secret, then simply tell your child all the truth you know about all the different drugs. Don’t just talk about how good pot is and how evil other drugs are because that is not true.
We teach drugs cannot be “good” or “evil” because substances do not have a soul. We also teach that as long as character qualities (honor, integrity, kindness, selflessness, etc.) are not flawed from substance use, then the use of that particular substance is not “abuse.” The word “abuse” means so many different things to so many different people. Some people think drinking one beer is abuse while others think the use of any illegal drug is abuse. Teach your kids to distiguish between drug “use” and drug “abuse” by concentrating on character qualities of the person and not the substance, frequency or amount of what they use.
Another good idea is to explain to your older children that if a burglar broke into your home and stated, “Where are your kids? I want them,” you would lie to the intruder who was about to cause harm and say, “They are not here.” Follow up by explaining you expect the same protection from them when harmful adults come asking questions about your pot use.
All parents should make it clear to their child that prohibition causes more harm on humanity than drugs ever did.
Read the article “Pot Parents: Smoking’s Better Than Drinking!“