When you were a teenager, you might have been a bit of a rebel. You certainly did things that your parents disapproved of. I know I did. I also know that when I was caught smoking weed by my parents, neither of them handled it in the best way. After all, I didn’t stop smoking weed. So, what do you do when you catch your teenage kid toking up?
Don’t Yell at Them
If you catch your teenage kid toking up, don’t immediately assume that they are doing it just to rebel against you and piss you off. Just venturing a guess, but your teen might be depressed and smoking weed makes them feel better. You remember how much being a teenager sucked, right? I still remember how hellish my adolescence was. Try talking to your teenage kid instead.
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Don’t Deny Your Habit
Many of you might be tempted to go the “do as I say not as I do” route when you catch your teenage kid toking up. I know that if my future children were to walk in on me mid toke, then my first reaction would probably be the Tony Soprano reaction “you didn’t see nothing, kid. Stay outta my business.” This is not a good route, however. Your kid probably saw you smoking weed at one point, and they were able to put two and two together as they got older. If you catch your kid smoking weed and you deny it, then all that’s going to happen is you’re going to look like a giant hypocrite. Then you’ll never be able to tell them what to do ever again.
Don’t Tell Them Smoking Weed is Wrong
Many parents are also tempted to give the “drugs are wrong” lecture”, but this is not the right approach either. As mentioned above, you don’t want to be a hypocrite. There is nothing wrong with cannabis use in and of itself. Instead try informing your teen that cannabis use is the most beneficial after the age of 25, when the brain stops developing. Here’s a study that you can cite, if you need help convincing them. Hopefully then you won’t have to hear about your kid smoking until they are long out of college.
Give Them Reasons You Don’t Want Them Toking Up
When I say give them reasons, I don’t mean just telling them not to, because we all know that won’t work. Explain to them the repercussions of smoking weed while you’re a teen. Cannabis can affect the developing brain. It can make them do badly in school, and if they get caught it can get them into a lot of trouble, legal state or not. A drug charge could affect their chances of getting into a good school, not to mention getting a job. It may also help to tell them that their use can get you into trouble. Whether they know it or not, you are looking out for their future and well being.
If All Else Fails, Find a Better Place for Your Stash
Look, we all know that when you catch your teenage kid toking up, that there is little that you can do to stop them. At the very least you should start keeping your stash in a safe and secure place, like a lock box. Make sure you’re the only one with a key, and keep that key hidden! Use the hiding skills that you developed when you were a teenager.
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