HELPFUL EXAMPLES OF PARENT-CHILD DIALOGUES
Your child says .
Your first response may be to blurt out
A better response would be Timmy has started smoking but his parents dont know Im going to call Timmys mother. She has to be told and thats all there is to it. How do you feel about Timmy starting to smoke and his parents not knowing? Pot cant be all that bad for you because Ive seen kids who use it and theyre fine. Itll be bad for them if they get caught and end up in trouble with the law. Id like to share with you some of the information I read about the effects of smoking marijuana over time. You lived through the 70s. Why dont you let me live through my decade without your interference. I dont want you to make the same mistakes I did. Sharing my experiences and listening to yours are among the most important things I can do for you as a parent. Nobody else has parents this strict. Youre still living in the Dark Ages. One day youll be down on your knees thanking me. How would you like me to be? What do you think would be most helpful to you? How can you tell me not to smoke when you inhale two packs a day? Isnt that awfully hypocritical? Dont you dare talk to your father like that. I know Im not providing you with a good example. Id very much like to quit.
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