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A no smoking campaign for the new generation

A few months ago I told Jack that if ever smoked a cigarette, his “wee wee” would fall off.  It may have not been my proudest moment as a parent, but I figured it would be a decent placeholder until he would understand a conversation about addiction, disease, cancer, etc.

This week we were stuck at a red light in downtown.  An older man was sitting outside the VFW smoking, and all of the sudden I hear Jack yell out his open window “Mister, you are making a baaaaaaaad choice”.

I would say the message was effective.

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22 comments on “A no smoking campaign for the new generation”

  1. Hey, it’ll be effective for a while anyway:) lol..

  2. lmao!! When my son was 4 he got a hold of a pamphlet about mouth cancer & was quite fascinated by the (gross) pictures. One day we were in Walmart & there was a woman with what we’ll call very poor dental hygiene in front of us, Nathan points & yells- “Look Mommy that lady has cancer in her teeth!!”

  3. Ha, brilliant 🙂

    I’ve used the “your pee-pee will fall off” in conjunction with not changing their underware. They will get a horrible infection and it will fall right off.

    My 7 year old is staunchly anti-smoking. We were at the drive-in a month ago and some scary old guy next to us was chain smoking. My son grumbled to me for a few minutes, and even read the flyer the drive in gave us to see if it forbid smoking (it didn’t). He actually stormed over there before I could catch his arm and said “Don’t you know smoking is bad for you! Humph!(stomped his foot for emphasis)” The old guy was stunned…and went and smoked in his car with the windows rolled up.

    Good job on teaching your little guy early!

  4. I applaud to how your kid responded. He wasn’t passing judgement or being mean or rude. I think you should display your “proud parent” badge high!

  5. You have lied to your son. A lie that he will some day be able to prove and if that happens before you find another way to tell him about your smoking concerns you will have broken his trust in you. PLEASE PARENTS DO NOT LIE TO YOUR CHILDREN TO GET THEM NOT TO DO THINGS, think of the psychological consequences. Be honest. Tell your children that smoking is bad for them and all the people around them. If they know people who smoke explain that those people are addicted and that they may or may not want to quit but it is difficult. Keeping our kids off drugs (alcohol and tobacco fall within the definition of drugs) is about being open and honest with them and constantly talking to them about it. I know parents wrestle with the little white lies we tell them, but this is not in that category.

    • Hey there, that’s a little judge-y! Let’s all be kind and respect our own choices. Being a parent is hard enough without ripping each other apart.

    • Oh please…..most people lie most of the time. Usually they are “white lies” or accidental lies of omission or just plain forget fullness. There will be a day when Jack realizes that smoking is not going to make his pecker fall off. Odds are he’ll also be cognizant enough to know what smoking will do to his body.

    • Okay, I would have told my kid his lips would rot off and he could not breathe to run and play. But, lighten up. I think what she told him is funny. It will be even funnier when he decideds to ask a smoking guy how he pees without a wee wee. But, he will be against smoking for a long time. I think what she said was funny! We all have told a child something like she did, probably in a panic.

    • Tree Huggin Momma, I can see that you’re passionate about this.

      However, choices I make on how to raise my kid is something that we’ll just have to agree to disagree about.

  6. My 20 month old might be too young to get the ‘smoking is bad’ message- but his favorite pass time lately is opening Grandma’s pack when we visit and snapping them all into pieces. And he’s generally been avoiding anything I say “EWWWW!” to.

  7. Hahaha! Needed that smile! =P

  8. I only wish my husband would fall for that story…

    • Want me to send Jack over to tell him? ;-D

      My FIL stopped smoking when Troy was 2. FIL was out on the porch smoking and Troy walked out, picked up a twig, sat next to FIL, and pretended to smoke the twig. FIL put his cig out, and said he was done smoking forever. And he quit for good!

      My dad quit cold turkey when my mom told him that she was pregnant with my sis.

  9. i commend you for any warning you give your children about the hazards of smoking and other addictions/addictive behaviors..however, have you warned your children about approaching strangers/talking to strangers/and the rage that might be a consequence of such?

  10. I’m not sure where he got this theory, but when my brother was about three he told our Grandmother that if she smoked she’d die of heartburn. He was honestly concerned and thought that she mustn’t know that cigarettes were dangerous, (she was not impressed)

  11. Oh, my! Thanks for making us smile! And A+ to Jack for listening to his mom AND, all issues with talking to strangers aside, for the compassion he showed for that poor man! 🙂

    I had girls, and I definitely gave them the “it’s bad for you” message. But for kids who clearly don’t feel their mortality, you have to make it real in terms they can understand. Of course I cared about their health and lungs, but I also put it into terms that would resonate, especially when they became teenagers and I would suddenly be regarded as old and stupid. As that time approached, it started to be about what smoking would do to their skin (lip lines and deep nasal-labial folds) and their teeth (eww!!) and breath. As they became interested in boys, I added the whole part about how kissing someone who smokes is (to be graphic) like licking an ashtray.

    Thank heavens I had girls, because I don’t know where comparable near-term hot buttons would be for boys. What you told Jack is technically untrue, but smoking does impair circulation, and one of these days circulation will be very relevant to his “wee wee”…so maybe it didn’t fall off but becomes less useful? 🙂

  12. I was laughing so hard at this post I was crying. I couldn’t even reread it to my husband without cracking up. I believe my mom told my younger something similar growing up and then of course he was wondering what would happen to me if I smoked. No idea what her answer was but I’m sure it was hilarious.

  13. While I do think what you told your son was funny, and his comment to the smoker adorable, I agree with Tree Huggin Momma on this one. Using scare tactics to get your children to do what you want can give them issues later in life. When your son gets older, what will happen when he tells his friends that their junk will fall off if they smoke? He’ll get made fun of and will be a joke.
    But as you said, everyone raises their children differently. You have a right to your own style of parenting.