Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Kids making bad choices

Twice now in the past week I've heard stories of kids my daughter's age (15), kids I know, either using illegal substances or drinking. 

That seriously scares the crap out of me! 

You might think I'm weird but I've never really done either.  Never tried any drugs and because I've seen first hand what alcohol can do to a family, I've never had any interest in drinking.  Plus I think it all tastes disgusting! 

Yeah, I know it goes on with teens.  I see it movies, TV, hear about it on the news.  But none of it seems real, ya know?  It's just a TV show or it's a story about a kid in some other city or state. 

But to hear a story about a kid you know?  A kid who your child used to hang out with?  It makes me sick to my stomach. 

What if my kids get into that?  What would I do?  I have a hard time if they don't listen or do their chores.  I can't imagine what I'd do if I found out one of them was doing drugs or drinking underage.  Sometimes I feel like I'm not cut out to be the mom of a teen.  I don't know if I could handle that.  I never thought that far ahead when I signed up for this parenting stuff!


Aim said...

Makes you miss when they were two and you could boss them around a little more, doesn't it?!? LOL I feel like I'm not cut out for it too.

Nicole said...

My kids seem to be on the straight and narrow when it comes to the issues of drinking and drugs/smoking. Our issue is members of the opposite sex. I guess I was semi-prepared for having a teenage daughter. But a teenage son?? That's a lot of responsibility for a mom! What if HE messes up, you know?

Brandy said...

As far as I know the teen hasn't tried either but we do have open discussions about both. And we've told him that if he is ever in a situation where there's drinking (by him or his friends) and they need to get home to call. He won't be in trouble, but we would rather him call than to try to hide it and drive drunk.

Just keep the lines of communication open. :D