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posted 6/16/2008 1:40:16 PM |
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This is in response to a blog by Straddle regarding the "tactics" used by Authorities in California as part of a DWI awareness Program.

How easy it is to get side-tracked by bull shit....

.Right, Wrong, or Indifferent....at least they are TRYING to do something about an ever increasing danger to our children.

Which seems to be a lot more than what a lot of parents are doing.
If Parents were teaching the dangers of DWI at home, the authorities wouldn't have to try and teach them in school.

And as to all the "Monday Morning Quarter-Backs" out there....Don't go off on a "shoulda, woulda, coulda" rant...How about posting a copy of the letter you wrote to your School Board outlining a DWI awareness program for YOUR school?....Or maybe tell us how you spent a day addressing your son/daughter's class.

It is not difficult to be involved with your children....I have been awakened many a night at 2 AM with the words "Dad, Can you come and get me?". I raised 3 sons, and they partied and drank as much as anyone. And never ONCE did I ever complain about having to leave my warm bed to fetch them home from a party, somewhere...I always felt it was a lot easier to load a drunken teenager into the back seat, than to load a casket into a hearse.

A friend, who is now retired from the Highway Patrol, once told me about having to investigate a minor accident involving 4 teens, who had been drinking, and ran off the road into a ditch.....There were no apparent injuries to any of them, and as my friend was collecting their info, one of them asked if he would mind calling an ambulance........

"Do you feel as if you need one?" My friend asked.

"Well, " Replied the Teen, "I will when my Dad gets here!"


Remember one very important thing.....For every drunk teenager out there driving, there is at least one ADULT who provides alcohol to underage children. And 2 more that know about it, but keep quiet.

So, before you jump on the band wagon and rant about your "rights" as a parent, or your children's "rights", or about how stupid and inconsiderate some Authorities are.........Evaluate your own position, and ask yourself "Have I done everything I can to prevent Teen DWI?"



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wtxman

Jun 16 @ 1:54PM  
Ewe_Wish

Jun 16 @ 2:07PM  
You are totally Awesome!! I have seen what happens to teens that drink and drive (as with adults who do the same) I would rather have the shit scared out of them with a hoax and maybe prevent them from doing it than wishing at their funeral that I had done something prior to it.

I spent a couple years counciling teenage girls in a lock up group home for drugs and alcohol addictions............almost everyone of them said in some form or another I wish my parents had said............

Moreover than that..........yes parents and students should have some rights........but what about the rights of those innocent people on the road that the teenager hits when under the infuence? The sad part of it is ...........most adults serve jail time where in most states kids get off with a slap on the wrist.........or the slam of the coffin lid............when it comes to our children .........if we dont have the gumption to talk to them ourselves........thank god there are people who will do it...............

Great Blog and insight!!!!
SxzeNewMe

Jun 16 @ 2:52PM  
And as to all the "Monday Morning Quarter-Backs" out there....Don't go off on a "shoulda, woulda, coulda" rant...How about posting a copy of the letter you wrote to your School Board outlining a DWI awareness program for YOUR school?....Or maybe tell us how you spent a day addressing your son/daughter's class.

First let me say that, as a parent of 26 years, I am NOT a "Monday Morning Quarter-Back", thankyouverymuch. I have raised not only my kids but had a hand in raising others' kids, too. And while I am far from a perfect parent and have made my share of mistakes, I am in no way a side-line parent when it comes to teaching my kids core values before they are set loose into the world. LEAST of all when it comes to alcohol. HELL motherfucking no!

As for writing a letter to the school about it, since I teach responsible drinking at home - and believe me when I say it's an issue in our lives every single fucking day - so I choose different battles to take up with my daughter's schools. I'm working on sexual harassment and acknowledgment of disabilities - both which are relevant to my kid and our life, as well as for the good of any school.

I expect - yes, EXPECT - that any unconventional teaching or tactic that is going to be tried or implement, that parents be notified and allowed input. Now, if this happened and parents didnt' respond, but I can tell you I would and quite loudly. My daughter would not be allowed to participate in something that involved deception. That's not a core value I care to reinforce.
straightup_9

Jun 16 @ 4:13PM  
My daughter would not be allowed to participate in something that involved deception. That's not a core value I care to reinforce.

Be very, very careful here...that's a slippery, slippery slope you are standing on....

It is never a question of whether or not we participate in an act of deception, but rather, to what degree we participate.



sugarnspice005

Jun 16 @ 8:45PM  
Like I said in Straddles blog, "I've done many a stupid things in my younger years". One of those....partying. Only my parents knew where I was going, and yes, they knew there would be drinking. I didn't sneak around to party...my parents were open with my sisters and me. And yes, when it came time to go home...I'd call my Dad to come pick me up...many, many, many times he had to pull the car over cause I had to hang out and.................well......ya know. And yes...he always chuckled at my hangovers. I've since decided I'm not too fond of hangovers so I don't drink anymore.
evild614

Jun 19 @ 12:10AM  
It's more complicated than that- methods of teaching kids about alcohol must be smarter than the skeptical kids they're aimed at. Doing the wrong thing with the right intentions can seriously screw kids up. Just look at DARE- another program that lies to kids to try to keep them off drugs. Kids find out they've been lied to, they start thinking that nothing they've been told about drugs is credible. We have the War on Drugs to thank for this. If only politicians would listen to the experts and read the statistics on what WORKS, we'd have fewer drug and DWI problems in this country. Problem is, the things that work generally don't involve disillusioning kids, demonizing immigrants, or randomly arresting minorities- the only 3 things that the War on Drugs ever accomplished.
straightup_9

Jun 19 @ 1:02PM  
Problem is, the things that work generally don't involve disillusioning kids, demonizing immigrants, or randomly arresting minorities- the only 3 things that the War on Drugs ever accomplished.

...So, just exactly WHAT plan have you initiated to solve the problem?.....or are you just making a "shoulda, woulda, coulda" comment?
evild614

Jun 19 @ 1:44PM  
Frank, honest education and prevention programs, like Youth 2 Youth International, where I volunteer occasionally and was a counselor throughout High School, provide the best answer to drug and alcohol abuse I've seen yet- BS-free, open discussion about the negative effects of teen drinking and drug abuse. There's enough real info to scare kids straight that being dishonest is just a waste of resources as well as counterproductive.

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