The minute I tell someone from out of state I live in Colorado I see that silly grin on their face. They know, I know – It is legal to buy marijuana in my home state. For those who are not living in Colorado see this as an unusual thing but it is our reality in Colorado. Now, this is not a post about how I feel about the legalization but more about how those of us who live in states that now have the legalization of marijuana need to talk to our kids about it all.
Just like talking about any kind of drugs, cigarettes or alcohol it can be difficult for parents to do. The questions from kids can be overwhelming and hard to answer but we have to do it. Thankfully, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has created a safe place for parents to come and educate themselves on the new laws and provided a ton of how-to’s and tips to make those conversations count!
to you with any questions. When youth
know they can ask you questions it creates an open dialogue and comfort between
you and them!
Start the Conversation
That might be the hardest step. Parenting is hard work – we sometimes do not know how to approach the hard subjects but it has to be done. Finding a safe and brave space for you and the child(ren) to sit and talk openly is very important. Decide when the time is right for you. Ignoring the conversation isn’t much better than
ignoring the issue.
their opinion. Don’t talk over or down
to them. When you allow them to be heard
they are more likely to listen when you speak.
Make them clear and stick to them.
is to actually come up with the right words to say no. Work with them to find tools to deal with
peer pressure. This can be as simple as “no
thanks. If I get in trouble, I won’t be
able to do sports, theater, etc”.
them act out of fear of defiance.
influence your child. Be a part of their
circle and ask questions.
around. Give them examples of the self-confidence
you see in your child daily.
want them to make the best decision for themselves.
actions and opinions can have on your child’s choices.
subject of Marijuana use with your kids but how much do you really know?
Good To Know website and learn about Marijuana 101, Health Effects, and Legal
Consequences. Sure, it is legal in our
state and a few others but NOT FOR EVERYONE!
Educate yourself so you can become an expert for your child to come to
you with their questions.
For more information please visit the awesome Good to Know website and thank you to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment for these easy talking tips.
Have you had this discussion with your child yet – what tips would you give other parents?