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While it has been quite some time since I was a teenager, I definitely remember that time in my life. Oh it had its enjoyable moments, my first kiss, the excitement of making a good grade and the feeling of being invincible. But overall it was a time of confusion, experimentation, several regrets and trying to figure out who I was as an individual. It was during those moments that having adults I could go to for advice and guidance was of the utmost importance. Now that I am a mother, I want to offer my children the same support and guidance I received from the adults in my own life.
That’s why it’s been so important for me to learn about how to talk to my kids about retail marijuana. Here in Colorado, our state has legalized retail marijuana making it much more accessible than it was in previous years. Because of the widespread acceptance I see happening within our state toward retail marijuana, my best defense as a parent is to educate my children on the health risks of underage retail marijuana use.
The question many parents like myself have is, “where do I get information to help gain the knowledge I need to share with my children?” Luckily, here in Colorado I have found a wonderful website from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment called Good To Know. It provides useful information that helps to inform parents so they can be prepared to have fact-based, open and honest conversations with kids. I am not sure about anyone else, but when I was given the speech, “because I said so” from my parents, it didn’t settle very well with me. As a parent I don’t believe it’s my job to dictate or demand things from my children. Instead I believe in the importance of guiding and sharing my knowledge in the hopes of starting a conversation that we can both learn from together.
I also personally believe in the old saying that it takes a village to raise a child. That’s why I have been actively talking to other parents about legalized retail marijuana. If you have never spoken to other parents about marijuana, you may be surprised with what you find out when you do. I know I was. Being aware of how other adults feel in regard to retail marijuana use and the rules they have established in their home is important.
While I hope that my kids will always feel comfortable coming to me with their question and concerns, I am not naive enough to think that will always be the case. In order to help empower not only myself, but other adults that my son or daughter may go to for advice, I believe in the importance of sharing and talking openly with those I trust to be a part of my children’s lives.
If you are looking for ways to open the lines of communication with your family, friends or organizations (PTA, Scout Troops, etc.) when it comes to preventing underage use of retail marijuana, please visit the website, GoodToKnowColorado.com/talk. Hopefully you will find the website as great a resource as I do.