Like any tricky topic – and by ‘tricky’ I mean those topics that make kids the most curious and parents the most uncomfortable – vaping is best talked about openly, and it’s never too early to start the conversation.
It's pretty clear that more and more young people are vaping. Your younger kids will have no doubt noticed some curious wafts of vape clouds here and there, your older kids may have been more up close and personal.
It’s certainly been a topic of conversation at our place, and I’d like to tell you I’ve offered wise and inspiring counsel. But more accurately, I’ve been dumbfounded and disappointed by the prevalence of vaping amongst my daughters’ peers, and deeply distressed on behalf of our young people. All the D words.
My colleague, who is a great deal cooler and more collected than me, has also had conversations with her kids about vaping and since she’s a child and family psychologist, I enquired as to her approach.
She guided the conversation with her kids to cover these three issues: