What would you do??
May 19, 2008 1:45pm CST
What would you do if you found out your teen daughter was smoking?? Cuz I just found out my 15 yr old was and she will soon be 16 but I was surprised and speechless.
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20 May 08
As a health educator, who when she becomes a mom resolves not to have tons of rules when she parents, would consider grounding said child. However, this might just make the habit more attractive (you know how adolescents rebel when they feel oppressed or put upon), so this may not be a good strategy. Good luck!
19 May 08
Hi There, This is a tricky one. The instant reaction is to ground them and tell them it is never allowed again. However, we both know that will only encourage them to go out and smoke again the first chance she gets. I think counselling one on one as opposed to punishment is the way to go. The pros and cons need to be laid out carefully. When she sees the cons and the very few pros, I am sure she will make the right decision. cheers,