Cigarettes and teenagers, a 5 year old’s perspective

An early summer morning conversation, while cuddling with my 5 year old.

Charlie: Teenagers might offer you cigarettes.
Me: Yeah, I suppose sometimes they might. What do you say if anyone offers you cigarettes?
Charlie: No!
Me: That’s right. No! Or “No, thank you.” If you want to be nice.
Charlie: Or I could say “You shouldn’t do that.”
Me: Well, you could. But they already know they shouldn’t be doing that.
Charlie: Why are teenagers so mean?
Me: They aren’t usually mean, they just tend to think only of themselves and what they think is cool and make poor decisions because of it.
Charlie: I don’t want to be a teenager.
Me (thinking): Me neither.
Charlie: I want to be 3 and little and cute forever.
Me (laughing, esp since he’s 5): You will always be cute. And you are gonna be a great teenager.

There’s always hope!

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

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2 thoughts on “Cigarettes and teenagers, a 5 year old’s perspective

  1. I wonder if he was thinking of Evan & his friends when he said, “why are teenagers so mean?”… yikes. I’m glad he went up and woke up Ian that one morning :)

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