10 yr old boy smoking

Crystal - posted on 09/23/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I got a call from my sons school about him beimg caught smoking with some friends.. how do I deal with this in a positive way for him to understand smoking is not good... I feel like I failed as a parent, I have noticed he also likes to follow what other people do to be cool I guess.. how do I nip this in the butt before its gets worse.. HELP!

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Jodi - posted on 09/24/2013

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Monkey see monkey do.....unfortunately that is the problem with smoking in front of your children. You can tell them all you like that it is dangerous, you can show him videos of what cigarettes do to you, but the fact is, your boyfriend smokes, so it can't be all THAT bad right??? I'm just saying that kids from homes where they see smoking often take it up themselves (not always, but it is has been found in research that it is more likely). Maybe your boyfriend should consider giving up altogether.

Crystal - posted on 09/24/2013

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Come to find out he took from my boyfriend he was the leader in this which makes me sad. He does know the dangers and is grounded for a week and has to watch videos on what cigarettes do to you. I understand kids are curious but just hurts knowing my son wanted to even try it.. my boyfriend said he wont keep the cigarettes around so he can get them I just hope he learned his lesson

Jodi - posted on 09/23/2013

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Crystal, have you had conversations with him at all in the past about the hazards of these types of behaviours? Also, where is he getting the cigarettes from? Where are his friends getting them from? This is a good place to start.

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