As a new survey is out that shows children are increasingly turning away from drink and drugs, it comes as a small relief to parents who hope that their children don’t fall in with the wrong crowd and start on something they shouldn’t.
Girls are apparently emulating heroines such as Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series, and drug, alcohol taking and smoking is apparently down in general.
Yes, we all hope that our children choose the right path and choose not to do something. When it comes down to it, though, it is entirely up to them as an individual to pick the right choice.
You can’t stop them from making mistakes, and just hope that they come to the right decision by themselves.
At school, it was always a case of my best friends going down to the end of the school field for a smoke while I’d rather sit it out and go to the library or something than get involved as I couldn’t stand smoking.Yech.
At my year living away from home, when I was on my journalism course, I was the one who would be sat quaffing away on the drinks and having a chat in the kitchen rather than do the whole smoking cannabis thing going on in the living room.
I didn’t want to know.
Same thing for friends back at home, too, wanting you to do it.
It all comes down to personal choice. Nobody can MAKE you do it. It has to come from within. Keeping children educated and well read on the matter is the only way to stop them, and make them choose their own way.
If characters like Hermione Granger are making it seem more normal, and the way to be to be ‘cool’, then all the better in my opinion.