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Nurturing open discussions (part 2)

I got some awesome feedback from my past post on how I nurture open discussions with my preschooler about “tough” topics. I am partnering with Good To Know Colorado yet again, because Spring break is coming up for schools nationwide and having an open and honest conversation is one of the most effective ways to deter illegal underage retail marijuana use.

Why does it matter? 

It’s important for parents to share information and resources amongst ourselves so that we can be armed with pertinent and correct information to pass along to our children. Talk to your children, and keep the communication channel open for future talks, as well.

Additionally, speak to the parents of your children’s friends. Approach the topic from a knowledgeable standpoint, rather that an accusatory one. Discuss proper storage, and where marijuana should be located in the home in order to minimize the risk of it getting into the hands of the children.

Consider getting your “tribe” to spearhead a movement. Are you part of a PTA, local Mom’s Club, book club or playgroup? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has developed many resources available at for your organization to learn more about retail marijuana youth prevention efforts and how to implement youth prevention in your community.

Having these types of conversations doesn’t have to be frightening, or make you sound judgmental, as long as you approach it correctly, from a loving standpoint.

Have you ever spoken to your friends and family about preventing underage retail marijuana use? How did that conversation go? If not, what are some opportunities in everyday life that would provide an “in” for this type of conversation to occur?

This post is Sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. All opinions and viewpoints are 100% my own.

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