One of the things I try to impress on the parents of my preschoolers and up to the age of ten, is to keep it for yourself.
- Kids are impressionable and if they see their parents using marijuana or alcohol, they want to use it to.
You see kids pretending to smoke when they are playing. I’ve seen them pretending to stagger and said that is how daddy walks when he comes home from meetings. Last week, one of my little guys was inhaling and holding his breath, and I asked what he was doing. He said daddy did it when he smoked the funny looking cigarette. He coughs a lot and then he laughs. I called a meeting of all parents and told them to keep it to theirselves, and keep the marijuana or alcohol, and their using it, out of the sight of little ones. Remember that kids are impressionable so limit your use to situations where your kids are not present. I impressed upon the parents that secondhand cannabis smoke or vapor is still smoke and vapor. Secondhand smoke can be dangerous to their child’s health. It is also illegal to consume cannabis in a public space. If the kids are around when you are outside, it is a public place. I don’t want them to wait until the police from the Chicago, IL, police department go by and not only arrest them, but take their kids away to children and youth services. I don’t know if my parents were impressed with my presentation, but several of them took the handouts I offered, and saw others lowering their eyes. I wondered if they were suddenly feeling guilty.