Life On The B Side

Taking all that life throws at us one moment at a time

Let’s Talk About Drugs and Alcohol September 20, 2016

 

Jay:  Hey Mom, do you know what you’re supposed to say if someone asks you to smoke?”

 

Me:  What do you say?

 

Jay:  You say no thank you.

 

Me:  Exactly.  That’s perfect.  But what if they say, “Come on, just this one time.  We’re all doing it.

 

Ace *Jumping in on the convo*:  Nope.  It’s not good for you.

 

Me *Switching to role playing mode*:  We just have one and we’re going to share it.  Just take one pull.

 

Ace:  No way.  It will make you sick.

 

Jay:  Yeah, and I don’t want to get sick.

 

Me:  Wanna try this instead?  It’s not a bad drug.  It’s just weed.  It’s natural.  It’s a plant and my friend grew it.

 

Ace:  No thank you.  It will mess me up. 

 

Me:  Ok fine but here’s a can of beer just take a sip of that.

 

Ace:  That’s for adults.  It will make kids sick.

 

Me:  One sip won’t make you sick. *Takes a sip of juice*.  Look.  It doesn’t do anything.

 

Ace:  That’s alright.  It may not make me sick now but it will make me sick later.

 

Jay:  That’s not for kids.  That’s for adults.

 

Ace:  Yes and a doctor didn’t say you could have it.

 

Shaunie:  Well, what if someone offers you a pill?  One that they got from a doctor.

 

Ace:  I’ll say oh no.  That’s not meant for me.  You can only take what’s meant for you.

 

Shaunie:  But it’s from a doctor so it’s ok right?  What if your friend says they take it all the time?

 

Ace:  Yeah cause it’s made to treat whatever they have.  If I take it and I don’t have that then it will make me get it.

 

Shaunie:  Ahm, that’s not really how it works but you are right that you should never take someone else’s medicines.  

 

Ace:  Oh ok.  Yeah.  That’s what I was saying. 

 

Me:  You’re such a punk.  Everyone does it. 

 

Ace:  That’s ok.  I don’t want any.

 

Me *Back in Mom mode*:  Well, good job guys.  This is important stuff.

 

Ace *Looking very pleased with himself*:  Yay!  We got it all right.

 

Me:  You did, but, this will be an ongoing conversation.  This isn’t over.

 

 

 

[The conversation above has been recreated to the best of my ability 3 days after it happened.]

 

2 Responses to “Let’s Talk About Drugs and Alcohol”

  1. Lisa Says:

    We’ve had to have the conversation where someone might find out that Jake is on meds (a stimulant) and asks to take one because they want to do better in school or feel jittery (which Jake was like, what?! why? I hate feeling that way!). It was an interesting conversation, but a necessary one. Great job, momma!!

    • For now I’m more concerned about them taking things than handing out things. I am well aware of the stats about ADHD kids being prone to depression and drug abuse etc. For now we monitor Ace’s meds so there’s no worry about him giving them away. That talk will come though. It’s scary stuff but gotta deal with it head on.


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