Your kids want to be just like you. Make sure that's a good thing.
In many places, smoking weed is now legal. But in Wisconsin, using marijuana is against the law. As an adult, whether or not you smoke weed anyway is up to you. But as a parent, there’s only one responsible decision you can make:
Talk to your children about marijuana and never smoke weed around your kids. Take the pledge today.
When you smoke weed, you teach weed.
Think your kids aren’t paying attention? You’re wrong. As they try to figure out the world, children look to their parents for clues about how to act and what to think. Your kids see the things you do—even if they don’t completely understand what you’re doing. And they imitate what they see.
Using drugs in front of your kids teaches them that using drugs is normal. And making drug use normal can have serious consequences for your kids later on.
Introduce your kids to marijuana with a conversation, not a demonstration. It could make all the difference.
You don’t have to say “just say no.” Just say something.
More than 100 million Americans— many of them mothers or fathers just like you—have experimented with weed. That experience can make telling your kids to “just say no” uncomfortable for parents.
If your children are a little older, honesty can be a great policy. How much you tell your kids about your experiences with weed is up to you. But sharing your past may encourage your kids to come to you when temptation or peer pressure strikes.
Don’t forget to explain the consequences.
Choosing to smoke weed as an adult is one thing; you’re ready to handle the consequences. Kids just aren’t. So help your child understand three big consequences for using marijuana:
- Using illegal drugs while your heart and brain are still growing isn’t a good idea.
- You can’t do your best in school, at work, or in sports when you’re getting high.
- Smoking weed is illegal in Wisconsin. Getting caught can mean:
- Being excluded from school sports and other groups
- Getting kicked out of school
- Having a criminal record
- Serving time in a juvenile detention center
- Trouble getting financial aid for college
MCSAP addresses policies, practices and programs in our two current priority areas: marijuana use among youth and fatal drug overdose, with a particular emphasis on prescription drugs.Learn More