To the Mom who thought it was okay to give her 14 year old daughter a joint to share with friends:
Normally I’m not judgmental of other people’s parenting styles. Ultimately we all want what’s best for our children; we just go about things differently and make different parenting choices.
But when I read your story about giving your daughter her first joint, and your justification that kids are “going to do it anyway” and that this way you could control the fact that it wouldn’t be laced with anything, I was blown away.
Maybe you live in a state where pot is legal. Regardless of where you live though, it’s illegal for those under the age of 21. Your 14 year old daughter is NOT of age. To encourage her is simply reckless in my opinion. That’s what you did, you know. You gave her the green light to smoke pot.
Your job is to be her PARENT, not her friend. Here’s a newsflash…contrary to what your daughter told you, not every kid in her school is getting high. Not even close. And even if “everyone else” was doing it, it doesn’t make it right.
If you openly keep pot in the house, and your daughter knows where the unlocked stash is kept, obviously she’s going to think pot use is perfectly acceptable. Why wouldn’t she? Dad and Mom use it.
But this is not about your parenting choices, which I completely disagree with. It’s none of my business.
It’s about the fact that you gave your daughter illegal drugs to SHARE with two other friends, whose parents had no knowledge of this.
It’s about that fact that your daughter brought illegal drugs into SOMEONE ELSE’S HOME.
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What were you thinking? What gives you the right to decide for another parent?
If I was that other parent, I would be livid.
Here’s some food for thought. Think of it from the other side of things.
- How would you feel if someone gave your kid access to drugs without you knowing?
- How would you feel if something happened to your child or another because of your carelessness?
I have a feeling that you didn’t really think your decision all the way through. At least that’s what I hope.
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