Saturday, December 29, 2012

Your Kids Can Be Too Young to Talk About Smoking

Have you ever seen the commercial with the mom talking to her baby about not smoking? Well, I love that commercial for some weird reason...

I did talk to my kids about not smoking when they were babies - I think we both got a lot out of those conversations. No one in our immediate family smokes and we live in a smoke-free neighborhood as well. Whenever we are near someone smoking it totally bothers my kids, which is fine with me.

However, I am afraid that at some point they may decide to try smoking.

We were in the car on the way to school (both of my oldest daughters are in preschool) and I thought it would be a good time to talk about smoking again. They already have tumultuous relationships with their friends and I wanted to reinforce the idea that a real friend won't care if you don't want to try smoking.

I launch into this big talk about peer pressure and smoking. The girls are agreeing and offering ideas of what to do/say if someone tries to get them to smoke. About five minutes in my youngest daughter says, "You should never play with matches."

That is when I realized that while I was talking about cigarettes, they were talking about starting fires. They had just had a fire safety day in school and they thought I was talking about a friend who wanted to start fires that were "smoking".

Not the lesson I was aiming for, but still an important one :).

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