Should you tell the children about your past drug use? | Open thread

A study suggests that parents telling children about their own drug taking is counterproductive. Tell us if you agree

It may be a good idea for parents to hold back from sharing stories about their drug use with their children, according to a new study published in Human Communication Research. The survey found that communication between parents and offspring about drugs was important, but that tales of parental drug use reduced anti-drug sentiment in kids. Jennifer Kam, who led the study, said:

"Parents may not want to voluntarily share their past drug use with their early adolescent children, but we are not suggesting that they outright lie to their kids."

Have you been honest with your children about your past drug use? Do you feel that covering up past misdemeanours is just part of your role as parent? Can you have a positive conversation about drugs with your kids while still explaining the risks involved?

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