My Kid Found My Stash… Now What?
Cannabis users of all levels, from seasoned veterans to welcomed rookies, will eventually have to have “the talk” with their children. No, not that talk. The talk about your cannabis usage. Having an open line of honest communication with your children is the key to cultivating a positive relationship with both your children and your children’s relationship with cannabis.
Don’t Avoid The Talk
It is never wise to avoid any conversation because it makes you uncomfortable. These hard, almost awkward talks are the building blocks of a successful relationship with your children. Avoiding the conversation might even cause your kids to be more curious to know what you are doing; causing them to find something you didn’t want them to find.
Take the Conversation Slowly
Talking to your children about your marijuana usage can be challenging. Especially after the taboo that surrounded cannabis for so long. But we live under new societal norms now. Talk to your kids about your marijuana usage early and often. The younger your children are, the less they need to know. If your young kid raises any questions simply tell them it is your medicine. As they get older and have the ability to understand more, explain what you are using in a more in depth manner.
Kids are smarter than we give them credit for. They will know if you aren’t being honest with them when you share information about marijuana or your usage with the drug. This includes sharing your own experience with marijuana. You do not need to go into detail about past or present use, but if your child asks, be honest. Take the opportunity to explain that you use it legally being over 21, never to excess and never in a way that affects anyone’s safety, such as when driving. If you are using marijuana medicinally, tell them that. Help your kids cultivate a positive relationship with marijana. This starts with understanding that the drug is used as a medicine.
No matter how much you already know about marijuana it never hurts to do some extra research before going to your kids. They will have questions, and if you can’t answer them they will go somewhere else to get the answers. So ensure they get quality answers. You might even learn something new in the process.
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