There is no ideal parental guide to weed and weed talk can seem as embarrassing or overwhelming as the need to have the sex talk with your kids but it is equally important to their development as a young adult and their ability to trust you with their honest thoughts, feelings and problems. Essentially the best way to have the weed talk comes down to a personal choice about how you would prefer your relationship with your child to grow and evolve over time as they blossom into an independent and opinionated adult.
If your goal with your children is to raise them to be thoughtful and independent adults with a reasonable understanding of the world around them then honesty is always the best policy. Lots of kids are already searching online to find articles about how to talk to your parents about weed so why would you want some stranger like myself to educate them through articles they find online or worse yet, have them discover everything about it for themselves through friends and schoolmates without you ever having the weed talk with them at all.
Many parents seem to make the mistake of just letting the world at large educate kids about the “real world” while feeding them stories and making rules at home that seem to contradict the reality their children are discovering on their own. This creates a disconnect for most kids where they have to present a false identity or idea of themselves to their parents feigning total innocence of things they are already well aware of in order to protect the sensibilities of the parent! Obviously this is all backwards as parents are meant to protect their children from upset and harm and not the other way around.
If you find yourself slipping into this position out of fear or an inability to control the narrative or the dialog of the situation you may want to consider exactly what it is about kids, cannabis and parental guidance that is making you feal uneasy and giving you an impulse to hide the truth. If you explain in an honest and forthright manner that cannabis use has become more socially acceptable in recent years in Canada and they are more likely to encounter it through friends, at school and possibly even at home if you enjoy it too your kids are sure to want to understand and have a lot of questions for you.
And again when it comes to the questions of the young, honesty is almost always the best policy. In all the years that there has been a zero tolerance policy inspired by the war on drugs very little has been accomplished when it comes to influencing the minds of young people against the use of drugs. In fact many studies have shown that having a zero tolerance policy that shames users and paints all substances with the same negative light actually serves to make the opposite point in many young people’s minds. When they discover society, schoolteachers, police officers and their parents haven’t been wholly honest with them about cannabis and the reasons people use it there is a danger that they will assume that the same lies are being told about other substances as well which can actually be far more dangerous to people, especially the young.