Any parent who thinks that telling their kids that drugs and alcohol are awesome, that they make you feel invincible and euphoric and like nothing else, has to be the jackass extraordinaire of the parenting world.
And the ones who spill their guts about their own drug or alcohol use with their kids? They might as well be pouring the poison down their kids’ gullets or packing powder up their noses.
Right! So says D.A.R.E. Here’s what good, upstanding parents are supposed to tell their kids:
Explain that drug use hurts people. It can cause AIDS, impaired coordination, slowed growth, and emotional harm such as feelings of isolation or paranoia. It is also important to discuss the legal issues associated with drug and alcohol use because a conviction for a drug offense can lead to prison, loss of a job or college loan.
Yeah, D.A.R.E.’s advice is pretty much the opposite of what I said above.
I turned forty-five this year. I had to look for a minute to see if I’m the one writing this post or if my third-grade teacher is hanging over my shoulder with her fingers on the keyboard.
I can’t believe I’m that age. I remember twenty years ago thinking people my age were old.
Now that I’m here though, I don’t feel that way. However, I found out recently that twenty-somethings still feel the same way about people my age as I did twenty years ago.
My husband and I went to Mumford & Sons’ final U.S. tour stop in Bonner Springs, Kansas, this past September. We’d been fans for a long time, so we queued up at the gates early. We did so because, a) although it had been a while (ahem, years) since we’d been to a general admission concert, we remembered that only the early birds get the “close to the stage” worms, and b) we had nothing better to do than stand for five-plus hours.
But it was so worth it. The early birds got the worm, baby—ten people back from center stage!
If you grew up in or around a religious family or community, chances are you are familiar with the concept of backsliding. For those of you that didn’t, it means going back to wrong and sinful ways or naughty habits, like smoking, or eating pork rinds and Ben & Jerry’s at midnight. Basically, it’s a bad thing and something you should avoid at all costs. Keep reading for more awesomeness…