How Should I Respond When My Teen Asks Me if I Have Ever Smoked Weed Before?
Teens can be rather quizzical when they are trying to find out dirt on their parents. One day after school, they may come home and straight up ask you, “Have you ever smoked weed before?” You may be thrown off guard with how to answer this question although you know that you are about to embark on a matter that is important to communicate well with your teenager. The problem you may be up against is what, if anything, you should share and how much. Having this conversation may be something you dread, but here a few ways to guide you through the conversation that may help them to make better decisions when they are faced with smoking weed or not.
What could happen if you say no?
They may come back with the rebuttal of asking how you can say that smoking weed is harmful or dangerous if you have never tried it yourself. At this point you can use other examples of things that you know are a bad idea to try so you do not. Running in front of a car or eating something they are allergic to may have not been something they have tried before, but they have seen from others this is not a good idea. This is a good opportunity to give them some research data to learn what marijuana and other drugs can actually do to their body, mind, and spirit.
What could happen if you said yes?
You will be able to give them your life experiences of what happened to you in your younger days with drugs and alcohol that held you back from achieving your goals, got you into trouble, or helped you decide that these substances were not good for you. There is no need to air out all of your dirty laundry, but you can share in a general way about how drugs and alcohol affected your life. On the other hand, if you were to lie to your teen about not smoking weed, you could lose your trustworthiness with them at a time they really need your input. Indicating your past mistakes could open the door for them to come to you when they have questions regarding marijuana and other risky behaviors. Being a parent can be difficult at times especially when the tough questions come into your conversation. You must rely on your own judgement along with the guidance of others to help your teenager to move onward in the right direction.
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