If you came to this page looking for the answer to that question, you may as well leave now. Really. Piss off. There isn’t one. Is that what you want to teach your children?
I was speaking to an acquaintance last weekend. His ex-wife had custody of the their daughter. When she was much younger, the daughter was having much difficulty in life. Mom decided she should be put on Ritalin. Dad freaked, saying, “Is that what you want to teach our daughter? If you are having trouble in life, use drugs?” I thought that this was a brilliant and profound response to the situation. Sad to say that the drugs never worked and mom eventually sent said daughter to live with Dad. He was happy to have her but now had to deal with a drug problem as well.
So, Is that what you want to teach your kids? If you can’t handle something in life, just do a drug and you won’t have to deal with it! Ritalin is very similar to cocaine for fuck’s sake! (http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/addiction/ritalin/) Check that link. There is lots of evidence of cocaine use being on the rise due to the similarities of the two drugs. Most people are taken off Ritalin as they approach adulthood. To get the same rush or feeling, many resort to cocaine.
So, get your kid hooked on Ritalin or Adderall and get them really ready for a completely drugged out adult life.
Or…You could take the time to teach them how to deal with life’s problems, like people have been doing for thousands and thousand of years. If you don’t know how to handle stuff yourself, well, tell your child and let them know you will figure it out together. Be careful, though, you may actually have to spend some time with your kid.
Ritalin is a classic example where the solution to a problem becomes a bigger problem than you had in the first place.
If you disagree with me on any of the stuff I write on this blog, I would love to hear from you. Or you can just discount me as an asshole. And go smoke some dope or something. That’ll solve it. I figure more communication, not less, is always the solution. I’m willing to listen. Not everything I say always works for everyone in every case. You likely will never convince me that drugs are good for children in any instance. But you can try.