I work at a large university, and a big part of my job is working with students who find themselves in trouble because of their use of drugs and alcohol. I try to use the lessons these students are learning as opportunities for the little bugs to also learn from. So, in age appropriate ways we talk about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, and how never to get in a car with someone who has been drinking. I often wonder if what we talk about is making any impact, and then the little bugs blurt out things that let me know they are listening- sort of…
A few weeks ago I was consulting with some colleagues about an incident that had happened, and the boys were playing, doing homework, etc… As soon as I hung up the phone, Firefly exclaimed,
Mommy! They were drinking ALCOHOL in the residence halls?! Why WOULD they do THAT?!
Oh, Firefly… Let us revisit this when you are 18, 19, 20, and away from home. But for now yes- WHY?!
We also learned recently that we may have to be a bit more specific about what alcohol is, because explaining it as a “grown up drink” seems a bit confusing apparently. We were having dinner at a restaurant, when Lightning Bug eyed my drink and said,
Mommy, G is going to drive home right? I said,
(For some context G, drives 95% of the time because of horrible motion sickness- and because of my horrible sense of direction).
Lightning Bug’s reasoning?
Because you should never ever drink and drive and you have had A LOT of soda to drink!
So yeah… Learning life lessons one small step at a time.