One of the hardest things confronting parents is the disconnect between how much we have to say to our children – after all, we need to teach them everything about everything – and how many words our children hear before completely tuning us out. I think it’s five. That’s five words until I sound like every grownup in a Peanuts cartoon.
So, when I want to tell my kids about how important it is that they never take any medicine that wasn’t prescribed to them, and how they must never get themselves or each other any medicine, and how medicine can help us, but only if we need it and only in the correct amounts, they hear, “Kids, this is important. You mwa mwaaa mwa mwa mwaaa mwaaaaaa.” Clearly I cannot rely on simply telling them.
My kids love medicine. Any illness that requires medication is exciting to them. If one is sick the other is jealous. This is due, in part, to the fact that their medicine tastes like candy. I hate the fact that medicine tastes like candy. I get that it helps parents in the short-term when facing an ill child, but who needs kids begging for more medicine? Don’t they already beg for enough crap?
I hope that my kids’ fascination with all things medicine isn’t a marker for future drug abuse. Sure, the leap from candy flavored medicine now to snorting heroin later in life may be extremely irrational, but as a mother I can take as many irrational leaps of worry as I want. After all, it wasn’t long ago that Luke went through a period when he was so obsessed with swallowing pills that he constantly tried swallowing random floor debris pretending it was pills. (Go ahead and click the link to that post. I’ll wait…) Luckily, he outgrew that about 3 minutes before I strangled him.
Are your kids in love with medicine too? Now that I’ve given you one more thing to worry over, take a look around your home and make sure your medications are safely stored out of your children’s reach. Especially that good stuff you got for flying and family reunions. Keep that waaaaay out of reach.
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