How to talk to your kids about weed
With marijuana playing a great role in today’s popular culture and many young kids and teens learning about weed earlier in their lives, it’s essential for parents to know how to talk to their kids about this substance and its uses. Many kids get info from their friends that might not be true, so parents must shoulder the responsibility of opening up a clear communication channel.
While it may be easy to list the risks and reasons not to use weed too young, it’s important to give the teen or child the opportunity to talk about what they’ve heard or what they’ve been lead to believe. Many high schoolers at least know someone who’s used pot before or where they could potentially find some if they wanted to go looking. They’ve also likely heard crazy stories about actions people have done while under the influence.
It’s essential to let them talk about what they’ve heard and what they are or aren’t worried about. Let them talk about their concerns or their excitement to use pot in the future as adults or even their confessions concerning use now. It’s important to leave judgement and punishment at the door and let them speak honestly and clearly.
Let them ask questions
Kids have access to a lot of words that they might not understand but want to know more about. From a weed grinder to different strains to bud, teens hear terms from friends at school, the music they listen to and the shows they watch. Let them ask questions about what they don’t understand and fill in the blanks with information that’s important for them to know.
Every question is an opportunity to enlighten and break the taboo seal that might have made them hesitant to talk about their concerns or questions. An open line of communication free of judgement and punishment is essential for establishing healthy boundaries and for empowering children and teens to make the right decisions for themselves when their parents aren’t there.
Sugarcoating the facts can only harm the child or teen in the long-term. It’s important to be honest about the risks for younger individuals if they use marijuana and how it’s better to be safer and informed. There are many recreational and medical uses for weed but any substance can be harmful if taken inappropriately or without the proper information. Be the child’s best ally and advisor.
Relate to them
It’s normal to have questions about weed and to want to explore adulthood and the many experiences it brings. While its important to view the child as someone to protect, it’s also helpful to see them as a developing person with many valid questions and curiosity.
Be the modern parent who can talk to their child about any subject without a child being afraid to ask questions.