Should Parents Disclose Prior Drug Use To Children?
Parents often wonder if they ought to disclose their own history of drug use with their children. They figure that they want to be honest, or they have more credibility of they can say, “I tried it and I know that drugs are harmful – listen to me.”
However, new data says, “maybe not.” Parents who told their kids to stay away from drugs and also revealed their own past drug use raised children who were less likely to have anti-drug feelings than parents who kept their drug-use secret and still delivered the anti-drug message. They may be picking up too much of, “Mom and dad tried it all and they are okay. I can do it, too.” Bottom line: don’t share your drug history with young children; stick to the anti-drug message.