Many parents don’t know how to respond when their teen asks point blank if they smoked weed when they were younger. Well, whether you did or didn’t smoke marijuana, there’s no need to squirm. Partnership parenting expert, Heather Senior, LCSW, has tips for you on how to answer this loaded question.
When it comes down to it, it’s not really about what you did or didn’t do when you were younger, but rather, how to get your teen thinking about his or her own use and how smoking pot may be harmful and negatively interfere with his or her life.
The conversational skills you’ll learn in this video – the last in our five-part series – can also be used for talking with your teen about alcohol, prescription medicine abuse or any other negative influence.
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