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Parental Control Regarding Teens Urges to Experiment With Drugs

Updated on March 29, 2012

Should parents allow their children to experiment with drugs while under their supervision took me by surprise. Most parents talk to their children about the evil of drugs, they buy books on how to teach their children about the pit falls using drugs. They attend lectures given by the local police advising the parents on the new highs they are chasing, letting them see samples of the street drugs they have access to and giving them tips on how to protect their children.

I can't wrap mine brain around the thought of a parent giving permission to experiment with drugs. In what warped world would that be acceptable. My first concern would be the chance that they could have an addictive personality and become dependent on the substances, second would be the cost involved in chasing their high and third what if, heaven forbid they died of an overdose. I know far to many families who had their lives turned upside down by drug use. My family for example had our house robbed, dealers looking for their mule because he stole from them and police searching for the dealers and the mule. It was a three ring circus that seemed like it would never end.

Instead of wondering if you should let them experiment, stop, go to the library or local book store and read the horror stories of parents who have lost their children to either drinking or drugs. Do you want to be one of those parents? Yes, I know that the majority of teens have either tried one or the other and some have tried both. That is a normal part of growing up but parents shouldn't encourage that behavior, they should discourage them.

The example these parents are setting isn't a very good one. They are teaching defiance of the law, neglectful parenting, have turned their children into criminals and they themselves are now criminals. I hope that the parents who are reading this and the person who asked the question think long and hard before condoning any such behavior at their home. The consequences alone should be enough to change their mind and force them to think rationally.

I know that parents sometimes think that if they let their children drink in their presence they can teach them how to drink responsibly. However if they possess the drinking gene all bets are off. The moment the alcohol touches their lips they've lost the battle. An alcoholic no matter what their parents taught them went out the window after that first taste and they can't drink in safety let alone drink responsibly.

Please, before you decide, stop and really think, would you look good behind bars?


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      Catzgendron 5 years ago from North Chelmsford

      I completely agree with you.

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      Angelaca 5 years ago

      Parents have an obligation to teach their children by example the most wholesome way of life! They should never, ever under any circumstance encourage, aid or abet their children in any behavior where the propensity to destroy their lives is so evident. Just look around at the lives of people who have done this and take heed to the warning. Children from the conception and onward should be given the best possible advantages to purposeful, healthy lives all the days of their lives here on Earth! Any type of behavior that does not "push" for this with all diligence should be avoided at all cost!

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      Catzgendron 5 years ago from North Chelmsford

      I had a similiar situation with one of my daughter's and was lucky that she turned her life around. I have a few friends who lost their children to the evils of drug addiction and I've lost loved ones to demon of alcoholism. Very sad.

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      I agree as well... could never understand the idea of "teaching your child to drink... responsibly"... what does that mean? There are lots of twisted values in our world, many perpetrated by people who themselves have substance abuse issues that make the lines between real life and fantasy pretty blurred. Voted you up for taking on this moral issue!

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      You are absolutely right! As parents, the best we can do is teach our kids as much and possible so they will make an informed decision when it comes to drugs and alcohol. It is never an option to encourage or condone drug use! Thank you for writing this!

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      SeekingMJ 5 years ago from Bryan, Texas

      Sometimes, even if you teach your child the dangers, they still experiment and get addicted. My son did.But you are correct, we should not encourage it.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this topic. It is one very dear to my heart.