‘Did You do Drugs?’
At some point, the dreaded question – usually posed by middle school-age kids,but can come from any child’s mouth at any time – will inevitably be asked, “Did you do drugs as a kid?”
Maher says the fear of having to address the question is one reason many parents put off talking to their kids about the subject. They don’t want to come off as hypocritical.
“[Parents] think, ‘I did it and I turned out OK’,” she says.
If you have some past history, most experts recommend being honest, as lying about your past could put you past your credibility at risk should your kids ever discover the truth. You don’t have to go into more details than necessary, but this is your chance to tell your kids why you don’t want them to make the same mistakes you did. As the website states. “The issue isn’t about your past. It’s about your children’s future.”
This may also be a time for some self-examination, which, admittedly, isn’t easy. Still, ask yourself some questions and see if you’re a good role model. Are you drinking more than you should on the weekends? Did your child see you laugh at a stoned person portrayed in the movies?
However your portray yourself to your child, it’s important to let them know that it’s easier to never use them than to start using them.