The Talk

Stephen and I had “the talk” in the car yesterday.  Don’t worry!  Not the talk you’re thinking of!  The OTHER talk.  The drugs/alcohol talk.  (Although I have explained that babies happen when seeds in a mommy’s tummy get together with seeds from the daddy’s tummy.  I just never told him how those seeds “get together.”  And he didn’t ask.  So, that’s for another day!)

It all started with a homeless woman holding a sign when we were stopped at a light.

“Mommy, why do people hold up signs on the street sometimes?”

“Well, they are usually homeless.  They don’t have a house or a job, so they ask people to give them money.”

Which led us down the road to how people get homeless, how to best help them, and addiction.  We talked for a long time in the car about these issues; Stephen is a very thoughtful boy.

I told him about peer pressure and warned that someday, someone at school may have drugs and offer it to him.  He was shocked.  “What!?  I didn’t even know that could happen!”  He responded.

He asked classic questions like “If you get drunk, do you stay drunk forever?”  And I said classic mom things like, “If you try cigarettes, you will get addicted and get cancer and die.”

At the end, Stephen said, “Mom, I really like having these talks with you.  I really like it.”

I said, “I like having these talks with you, too.  There are a lot of choices to make in life, and it’s not always easy to make the right ones.  But that’s why Daddy and I are here, we can always talk with you and help you think about making  good choices.”

I think that was the best conclusion of all!



About jennyvogan

Author of "Stephen's Mom," a blog documenting the funny, crazy life of raising four boys while keeping my day job as an ultrasound tech.
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One Response to The Talk

  1. raineality says:

    Yay! Good talk, Mom!

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