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Parental Control Regarding Teens Urges to Experiment With Drugs
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?