It’s a tough question, and one that may very well end up in great debates, but for now I’d like to try and discuss this in an opinion based arena. I was reading this article entitled ** Ex-tokers wrestle with telling kids not to smoke**. It’s an ok read, some good peer reviewed info in it and in general gives a good all around view on what adults who used to smoke pot are telling their teens to do.
Some parents are taking the Gestapo Approach, saying *" you will not smoke, today, tomorrow, or ever or else you’ll be sorry! *. Which in my opinion would peak a teens interest into finding out what exactly it is about pot that is so awful. In my opinion, I agree with the author of the article in that if a parent reacts with anger towards a teenager, stating ‘you cannot smoke no matter what’ they might as well just light the bong for their kid.
It’s a very tough call, because some of us who smoked pot had no problems with it. Meaning we were never arrested, smoked it leisurely, never got out of control except perhaps when raiding a fridge or Ihop. Then went on to lead quite normal lives, maybe continuing to smoke now and again as adults maybe not.
The flip side: are those who smoked pot, moved onto coke and or other illicit drugs and may have had a series of bad events happen to them over time. Possibly leading to a life of addiction or worse, a bad case of death.
These negative aspects of pot stay in the forefront of a vast majority of the population leading people to call pot a gateway drug, one that when smoked leads to other more addictive substances. Discounting that fact the pot is only a gateway drug - in my opinion - because it is the one most common drug tried first, and the lesser of several evils. But that is not what this thread is about.
Parents by their very nature - in most cases - want to steer their children away from drugs, and this is where the central conundrum comes into play for this thread. If you tell your teenage daughter not to smoke pot, but Uncle Ricky tells her that you - her father - smoked more pot than cheech & chong, an issue arises. And that is what this thread is about. Do you go with the adage that ‘knowledge is power’ and give your children all the knowledge they will need to make the right decision when the time comes. Letting them know full well you smoked pot and turned out ok? Or do you condemn the very act from the get go and hope for the best?
Personally, as a man who is married with no children in his 30’s and as a man who smoked his fair share of pot in his life…I’d take the honest route and be as forthright as possible. And give them the knowledge to make the right decision when the time comes. I can’t wait to have children, I hope I can make the right choice when I do.
What do you think?