Somecritics claim that consuming any cannabis whatsoever as a parent isirresponsible. In which case, you have to say the same about every parent onearth who ever indulges in a glass of wine or the occasional beer. It’s exactlythe same thing – complete BS on both accounts.

Justbecause you’re a parent doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy cannabis responsibly.  Irrespective of what the anti-pot set mighthave you think, there’s no reason cannabis should ever get in the way ofpositive parenting. It’s simply a case of ensuring you’re as mindful andproactive as necessary – as would be the case with alcohol.

Infact, responsible consumption of cannabis as a parent could actually provebeneficial. Better sleeping habits, lower levels of stress,more energy to tackle the day and so on – all possible through careful cannabisconsumption. So to suggest that every parent that uses cannabis should beashamed of their lifestyle is both unfair and unfounded.

At theend of the day, it’s up to you and you alone to ensure that your lifestylechoices are conducive with positive parenting. If that includes the periodicconsumption of cannabis, why the hell not? Just as long as you’re the bestparent you can be, that’s all that matters.

Still,experts on the advocacy side of the fence nonetheless advise due care andcaution when consuming cannabis as a parent. A series of simple guidelines,which can help ensure your cannabisconsumption doesn’t get in the way of positive parenting.

Keyexamples of which include the following:

1.  Establish your attitude and approach tocannabis consumption

Thelegal and responsible consumption of cannabis is nothing to be ashamed of.  Nevertheless, it’s up to you to decidewhether you’ll keep your cannabis consumption a secret, or discuss it honestlyout in the open. There’s no right or wrong way to go about it – whichever fitsyour beliefs and your household. Nevertheless, attempting to keep your cannabis consumption habitsprivate as your kids grow older becomes increasingly difficult.

2.  Talk to your kids about cannabis at the rightage

As aresult, the time will come when you’ll need to speak about cannabis in generalwith your kids. Chances are that by the time they hit their teenage years,they’ll already be well aware of cannabis culture in general and what weed isall about. Nevertheless, they may not yet be in a position to make positive andinformed decisions regarding their own attitude to cannabis and intentionsregarding consumption. In any case, it’s important to acknowledge the fact thatif your kids know you use cannabis, they’ll assume it’s safe to do the same.

3.  Choose the right place and time

Whenyou think about it, no responsible parent would grab a beer shortly beforedriving their kids to school. Nor would a responsible parent get well and trulywasted in front of their kids, or hit the bottle heavily during quality time ofany kind. It’s therefore important to exercise the same care and considerationwhen it comes to cannabis. When looking after younger children in particular,you need to be extremely mindful with regard to the time and place you gethigh.  For obvious reasons, waiting untilyour kids have gone to bed (or are away from home at a sleep-over) is the bestway to go.

4.  Expect criticism from other parents

Unless you (somehow) manage to keep your cannabisconsumption completely under wraps, you can expect a certain amount ofcriticism and friction from other parents. To such an extent that some mayattempt to prevent their own kids visiting your property, or making friends andspending time with your children. Should this be the case, only you can decidewhere your priorities lie and what kind of action should be taken. On one hand,you’re right in saying judgmental outsiders have no right telling you what todo and are making dangerous and damaging assumptions for no good reason. On theother, you have to consider how the whole thing could be affecting your kids.From time to time, it may be necessary to swallow your pride.

5.  Never leave your equipment lying around

It’snot that your cannabis paraphernalia has to be your dirty little secret.  Nevertheless, it’s still worth keeping it outof sight and out of mind while not in use. This counts double when it comes toyour stash itself, which may prove surprisingly tempting if accidentallydiscovered by your kids. Never forget that there’s a time-old tradition of kidsattempting to get into their parents’ liquor cabinets and tasting the forbiddengoodies within. It’s no different with your cannabis stash, so ensure it iskept comprehensively out of the way at all times.

6.  Prioritise activities and engagements

Ifthere’s somewhere you need to be or something you need to do, ensure yourcannabis consumption takes a back seat in the meantime. Examples of which mayinclude parents evenings at school, social engagement with other parents areany instances where you need to drive anywhere whatsoever. These are the timeswhen you’ll need to ensure there’s absolutely no cannabis in your system, forthe safety and general welfare of everyone involved. Just as you wouldn’t driveor attend an event with the effects or after-effects of booze coursing throughyour system.

7.  Exercise odour control

Lastbut not least, don’t put your kids through the headache and heartache of havingto attend school or other events while reeking of cannabis smoke. It’s a recipefor disaster, irrespective of whether or not cannabis is 100% legal where youlive. Far too many people are still far too critical of the smell of cannabis –criticism you may be able to handle, but could be an entirely different storyfor your kids. Exercise odour control around the home and ensure that under nocircumstances do your kids head out and about smelling of dank cannabis.