Thursday, March 12, 2009

Smoking = Stupid

I've always told my kids that people who smoke are stupid. And we're not even allowed to use that word in our house, so you know I'm being serious when I say people who smoke are s-t-u-p-i-d.

Now, when we (my children and I) approach smokers, I remind them not to point or stare and say, "Look at Stupid, Mama!", because, well, that just wouldn't be nice.

So for those of you who smoke (especially those of you who started smoking in the last 25 years), the cat's now out of the bag. I've been teaching my children that you're stupid. The only reason I use this term is they know what stupid means by the age of 2. I can't very well tell my 2-year old child that "people who smoke have low moral character because they give into peer pressure, don't care about their bodies or their families' bodies, can't kick an addiction even though there's lots of help out there, etc." They just don't get it. At least not until they're older.

Though I'm sure I've offended some of you by this, now I'll get to my question. What do I do when my child finds out our president smokes? I mean, with Bush, we were at least able to slowly - but surely - realize his faults, but my 7-year old wants to know why our leader would give into peer pressure.

What do you think?

or are you busy lighting up?


Emma said...

I thought he promised his kids he'd stop if he was nominated, or elected or something. Or has he broken that promise already?

Amy Johnson said...

I didn't know he smoked! Hmmm, you learn something new everyday! I agree smoking is stttuuuupiddd! I always wondered what was so great about it whenever I saw someone freezing their butt off out in the cold just to have a smoke! Plus, maybe I need a "chocolate" break every couple hours at work!

kseal said...

Good post, M. We tell our kids that most grown-ups who smoke wish they never started and already know that it's bad for them, so we don't need to point fingers at them and tell them how foolish they are. We also say that most of them smoked their first cigarrette when they were young because they thought it would make them look cool. Now they know it's not cool and need us to love them while they try to teach their bodies how to stop wanting cigarrettes.

Jodie Haney said...

Cuz' he's s-t-u-p-i-d.

Jodie Haney said...

Oh, by the way, my Cole did say (in front of a smoker), "Mamma, he's gross...he smokes...he must stink and have yucky teath."
Oh, excuse us, Mr. Sorry about that. My kid is just s-m-a-r-t.

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