Belief is only what you can count on or depend on. Trust is earned. Honesty is
the key word in any relationship to share the spirit of things, you mater.
It says right in the article...don't demonise things. Prohibition will
backfire with kids. So, If I want to celebrate or wind down after work or with
friends or whatever, the wine bottle comes out. Or rye, or beer. Whatever. In
other words, what passes for normal in most states. My kids
don't drink. Just like my parents, both of whom smoked. I don't. But
we weren't raised scared of things, and we were raised knowing we had to
make decisions of consequence for ourselves.
Too many parents today don't want their kids to be upset with them. They
would much rather try to be their kids friend than their kids parent. Once kids
have that type of power the parents are done.
As a child of two alcoholic parents, and as a convert to the Mormon faith at age
17 (back in the mid ‘70s) I was already immersed in the drug/booze culture
when I found the Church. Its policy of fully abstaining from both was
monumental in allowing me to see that people could cope with life without
either; and not only cope, but thrive. Nothing has changed the
trajectory of my childrens’ and grandchildrens’ lives as much as
that decision of mine to abstain completely from alcohol, drugs and cigarettes,
and I’ll forever be grateful to the missionaries from Wellsville and
Kanab, Utah, who brought a knowledge of the "Word of Wisdom" to me.
Prescription pill abuse is more of a problem in Utah. Parents lock up your
pills and alcohol!