Did you discover your teenager has tried marijuana? Are you concerned that your child has experimented with marijuana? Are you wondering if you should intervene at all?
If so, you’re not alone. In fact, one of the top searches on Google is “Should I Let My Kid Smoke Weed?” Other common searches are “teenage drug abuse”, and “I found drugs in my teen’s room.” Sadly, there are many parents who allow their 17, 16 and even 13 year old children to smoke weed. (In researching this article, I came across a forum for marijuana users with a discussion about allowing their children to use pot.)
As a parent, you serve many roles. You’re a teacher, disciplinarian, chef, counselor and more. Your job is to protect your child from harm. That includes keeping your child from running out in the street, swallowing bleach, and of course, smoking illegal and dangerous drugs. So, yes, you should definitely not allow your teenager to smoke pot or any drugs. Here are some reasons why your child should not smoke marijuana.
You could lose custody of your children
There are currently thousands of American children in foster care today because of drug abuse. For many, their parents have used drugs and failed a drug test. However, for some, the parents knew their child was smoking marijuana (or using other drugs) and allowed them to continue use in their home.
Teens in foster care are more likely to experience depression, have behavioral issues and do poorly in school. In addition, teens in foster care are not treated with the love and nurturing that only you can provide. Let’s not forget that you will miss your children deeply if they are taken from your home.
It is rare for the children to removed, but it does happen. If CPS gets involved, they will probably require frequent drug tests, counseling and parenting classes. If you fail to comply, your child could be removed from your home. This would be traumatic and devastating to your children.
Marijuana use will negatively impact your child’s health.
Marijuana use has been proven to have many detrimental effects on the user’s health. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana can cause respiratory problems, increases the risk for heart attack, and increases the risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Marijuana is psychologically addictive.
Just like you would not allow your child to drink drano, eat dog poop or inhale gas fumes, you should not allow your child to smoke marijuana. It is harmful to his or her health and well-being.
Your child could get a criminal record that will haunt him/her for a lifetime.
If your child is caught with marijuana after the age of 18, it will stay on his/her record forever. So, if he or she has career aspirations to become a pharmacist, teacher or police officer, he/she will probably give up that dream once getting a record. One poor choice can negatively affect your child’s future career.
Yes, children who are arrested as juveniles usually get the luxury of having a clean record once they turn 18. However, if your child uses marijuana now, chances are he or she will still be using it as an adult.
Your child could make poor, life-altering decisions.
This video here pretty much sums up how marijuana can affect your child’s life. Marijuana impairs judgment and critical thinking skills. Your son or daughter could cause a life altering accident as a result of using pot.
If you reached this article by searching for “Should I Let My Kid Smoke Weed?”, I’m glad you did. You know the answer now, and you know why you should not let your child use marijuana or other illegal drugs. Parenting is not easy and is full of ups and downs. It’s a sign of strength to look for support and help. It might be a great idea to call your student’s school counselor and ask for advice. (You can remain anonymous.) Or try calling 211 for referrals on counseling, drug abuse intervention or parenting support. Read “How to Get Social Service Help By Calling 211” for advice.
Never give up, and never give in. Take it one day at a time.