We, as parents have to make tough decisions sometimes for our children because they can not make them themselves. While those decisions may be difficult for them to swallow, but sometimes they are even harder for us to make AND to follow through with. But we do it, as hard as it is and as angry as it makes our children. We do it. Because not only do we love them so intensely, but we also want them to make the absolute most of each moment in their lives. And yes sometimes we want them to do more or do better than we did ourselves.
So when we teach our children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol we do it with a firm hand; it's illegal and it's NOT allowed. Period. At least that's how it is in our house. Period. But that's not how it is in others. Nor is it that way in the county where we live. Or in our state for that matter! Well, if you didn't know, Tuesday was 4/20 was a "holiday" of sorts for pot smokers and my son proceded to share with me that a lot of his friends would be enjoying the holiday. Ugg...did I say raising teens is hard?? Well of course that led to a lengthy conversation, one of many lately and I again remind him of the serious issues with smoking pot and also remind him that IT. IS. NOT. OKAY. Period.
Well isn't it a great help when the town newspaper makes this "holiday" or "party" it's headlining story the next day and adds quotes like...
Jamie Martinez, a freshman pursuing math, went to the meadow with friends early in the afternoon to stake out a prime spot. He said pot helps him do his schoolwork.
"It relaxes me. It makes me focus," he said - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Or adds video of the event on their website and pictures like this on the front page of the print version. Answer me this...How the heck are my words going to sink in when my fight is killed by MY own peers?!!? Ugggggg!! This just frustrates the heck out of me!!