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Originally Posted by MamaBug
OMG my ds used to do that all the time. It got to the point that I would run past ppl that were smoking so he would not harrass them!
Just this past weekend we were waiting in our van to get on the Ferry to NY. This guy gets out of his nice Jaguar to smoke a ciggie. Well ds says to me and his brother " Oh that's lovely, he gets out of his nice car to pollute the air I I am breathing, NICE!" My other ds says " You think that's nice???" Ds 1 says " No, that is being sarcastic! " OMG I love this kid. Then he wanted to get out and have a word with the man, and others that he saw smoking. I told him that would not be happening.
Originally Posted by Dragonfly
.......the man asked me how he knew about smoking. I said we talk about it. He said something to the effect that it's strange that a 5-year-old would be talking about things like that. I couldn't tell if he was making a sort of "sign of the times" statement or trying to tell me I was being inappropriate with my son.
Originally Posted by Brigianna
No. They know what it is, but not much else. Neither dh nor I smoke, and personally I think it's a vile habit, but I hate the way mainstream society has turned it into a moral issue. I think my dd knows that it's bad for your health, in the same way that candy and fast food are bad for your health. But I'm not going to pound it into their heads as a moral issue the way the public schools do.
We have talked about how in our family we make certain health choices, and other people make different choices. And that health issues are matters of personal choice, not morality.
Originally Posted by papayapetunia
Me too. My mom used to say things like, "Smoking looks trashy," "Smoking is gross," "Smokers are repulsive."
|It didn't work. And saying that it causes cancer sounds so cliche when you hear it from school, parents, everyone. I'm not saying that's not a serious issue. I just don't think kids can properly appreciate the health aspects of it. I mean, you can tell them how horrible McDonald's is for your health all the time but they still want to eat it. My dd already knows it's "bad" because she's been in school and, you know, in society. I just don't feel the need to talk to her about it until she's older.|
|I want her to be able to understand addiction and marketing and all the aspects that cause people to smoke. I don't want her to see it so simplistically, like, smoking is bad and if you smoke, you'll die.|
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