Now you guys may have already figured that out, but not everyone has. One day all children grow and mature. They find their way in the world and come to their own conclusions. Some parents may find that their kids are in perfect harmony with their own thoughts and beliefs. Many more parents will find their children’s views don’t jive with our own.
Raising a child who does not turn to drugs or alcohol doesn’t mean you did a better job parenting, it just means you got lucky. It means that your child made the right choices and that may or may not have had anything to do with you.
Hope and pray that your child doesn’t have surgery that introduces him to a drug he never new existed and suddenly feels he can’t live without. Pray that your child has the strength to say no when offered a toke on a joint in college or a line of Cocaine in the bathroom or any number of scenarios you and I come up with.
YOU! Yes you the one with the self assured look patting himself on the back convinced this could never happen to your family. Guess what it can and it does. This is Russian Roulette you don’t no which child has an addictive personality. If you have an aunt, brother, sister, uncle, parent…your child may have a predisposition for addiction and you better pray extra hard she isn’t introduced to that one substance that flips a switch in your child’s brain that may take a lifetime to figure out how to turn it off.
Nobody raises their kids to be addicts. Our children are not our possessions. They have minds and wills of their own. You can pray, you can threaten, you can lock your kids in the basement, you can send them to Catholic school, you can put them through the D.A.R.E program, you can attend church every Sunday and you can eat dinner every night together…this does not immune your child from developing an addiction. SO, Don’t pat yourself on the back to soon because who knows what the future will bring and it might just bite you in the ass for all your gloating.