My mother enjoys sharing helpful little nuggets for life with my brother and me.
This week she forwarded an email that explained how to give yourself CPR in the event you have a heart attack alone. For those who might find themselves in that situation, apparently you cough like a mad dog.
She has also warned of the foods most likely to contain Salmonella (her favorite bacteria): eggs and chicken; places where snakes might hide in your yard (near heavy shrubbery and near water); and the distance your fecal matter can travel if you flush the toilet with the lid open (2.7 miles).
Because I am becoming my mother, I now pass my own nuggets to my children.
Last week I saw a TV special on the growing use of heroin by teenagers. Therefore, I sent a group text to my daughters:
I just watched a news segment on heroin use. They said to tell your kids not to use. It is bad. It will kill you. It makes your skin and teeth nasty which doesn’t even matter if you’re dead. So stop using heroin if you are and don’t start if you aren’t.
Now I am fairly certain that none of them are on drugs, but I gotta bring the issue up regardless, huh?
These were the follow up texts I received from my children:
Stephanie: I just threw out my stash and I’m already having withdrawals
DJ: I’m too addicted I can’t stop
Michelle: Dad I’m having trouble getting the needle in my vein. Can you come upstairs and help?
Me: You guys, this is serious!
They say to talk about issues with your kids from the get go. So I do. Sex, drugs, eating disorders, alcohol use – all are fair game. I’m pretty certain that none of my dad warnings will do much good. But, my hope is that it will open the doors of conversation, allowing us to be open and discuss whatever comes to mind – even the stuff that is a bit uncomfortable.