Hey Kid, Ya Want Some Chaw*?

Miss Juanetta, aka housekeeper/staff writer:

Ah, seriously, of course there are two kinds of people in the world…those that are sweet and charming (like me, hehe, just checking if you are paying attention!) and those that are not. I’m thinking specifically about parents who allow their minor age teenagers to share in their selfish, degrading lifestyle by allowing them to drink, to smoke and chew tobacco or the ultimate crime, to do drugs.

Why would a parent do this? I mean really?? Really?

Er, if you are such a parent please enlighten me with your wisdom about the logic behind your lax parenting style. I do attempt to keep an open mind on many issues. I promise not to roll my eyeballs up while you speak  defend your ways.

Right now, the only logical answer I can dream up is your habits are so pleasurable and addicting that it’s far easier to let junior(s) take part with you than try to stop yourself. Is that it?? Shameful.

Or maybe, in this neck of the woods, the well water we drink must affect some of the parents who seem to find nothing wrong with their behavior because….because, I know, because of poor, ignorant upbringing and contaminated well water?? Did I guess it right?

Oh Lordy! Let me tell you, my middle son WAS hanging around with a boy whom the parents actually purchased cigarettes and chewing tobacco for their thirteen year old son! Thank goodness my son no longer “hangs” with this boy and yea, I’m sure my son was trying whatever came his way. (So, kids, Aunty Juanetta is here to tell you picking good friends is mighty important. They can lead you to heaven or to hell! )

Friends can make you or break you…

With my suspicious mind a churning, I began a wicked campaign to nip my middle son’s foolish ways in the bud and plastered the refrigerator door with real photos of open mouths displaying smiles with nasty ol’ teeth and bleeding gums from former tobacco chewers. It was dang nasty! Our dentist had given his clients graphic photos of the dangers of chewing tobacco and I’m thinking Divine Providence at work or the dentist just decided to tackle the big problem he must have with all the tobacco chewers spitters living in this small community. (Ewww, I feel for my dentist and what pain he must go through when working in a mouth soooo disgus ,  I won’t say it.)

And if this middle son decides he wants to take up smoking cigarettes, I may have to enlarge this:

I’ve been raised by my chicken parent(s)….guess I’ll grow up to be a chicken. Oops, did I just think that?

So, of course, there are two kinds of people in this world, those that choose to parent with care and those who, either from ignorance or selfishness, choose not to care for the well-being of their children.

What do you think about teenagers being encouraged by their parents to smoke, drink or chew tobacco? On the other hand, were you a teen being raised in similar fashion?

Right, wrong or it didn’t matter?

Drop your thoughts down below…

and have a happy writing kinda day,


Miss Juanetta aka housekeeper/staff writer

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*Chewing tobacco like Redman, Copenhagen etc.

Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons

Inspiration for this short story: Daily WP #326 Finish this sentence: there are two kinds of people in the world….

10 thoughts on “Hey Kid, Ya Want Some Chaw*?

  1. RVingGirl says:

    Isn’t it shocking that there are parents (and I use this word tongue in cheek) who would do that.
    I recall years ago, my 12 year old being invited to a ‘friend’s’ Confirmation and the parents bought Bacardi Breezers for the kids. Needless to say, she was no longer allowed at that kid’s home.

    Great post!


    • Sunshine says:

      Bacardi Breezers at a Confirmation?? What goes on in these minds I really want to know….
      I would have done the same–give the heave ho and off you go little friend.
      Thanks RV!


  2. Bongo says:

    Parents who do this are not parents at all – but children themselves. I’m so glad that my son chose not to hang out with kids who had parents like that.


    • Sunshine says:

      It must be the problem…..adults who never evolved to maturity.
      I’m always happy to see young people who learn how to choose friends wisely. You have a smart, wise son 🙂


  3. amira says:

    i certainly try to be in your first category of people – in the responsible parent category.
    i would certainly not want my teenage son to smoke or do any of that stuff. teenage years is a tricky one.
    and now, that reminds me – i need to move away from this screen to be a responsible parent 🙂
    good one 🙂


    • Sunshine says:

      Ah, the teen years….it’s the ultimate roller coaster ride of the century!!
      I’ve learned setting an example is a crucial part in raising responsible adults….that’s a good one Amira, moving away from the computer! Yes! you have uncovered another can of worms! I appreciate your conversation.


    • Sunshine says:

      I’m sure missing Zemantic (is that the name?) since it left and with slow internet to boot, hunting down images has been just hunky dory!
      The microphone is open, waiting for lax parents to speak their reasons…
      Thank you Elizabeth!


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