Friday’s Rant from the Soap Box in MY Living Room

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Dear parent in the park this week…

I’d like to point out three things to you:

  • It’s illegal to smoke in a children’s public play park.
  • It’s illegal for children under 16 to be smoking. 
  • Allowing your under age (and I know the children’s ages) children to be smoking in a children’s play park, around other children and families does not make you a “cool” dad. It makes you someone who is a) breaking the law, and b) a poor example of parenting to both your own children and others. 

No one was impressed, in fact I think we were all rather disgusted and horrified… 

Now I’m off to take my children to the pub to buy them a beer… Oh wait, that’s illegal too, maybe not then! I guess discouraging my children from practices that are harmful for their health and against the law is the responsible thing to do, perhaps you have a logical explanation for why you allow your children to smoke, but I doubt it! 

From an astounded  parent who tries not to judge other people and their parenting but on this occasion feels judging is called for… 

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  1. I’m a smoker (no need to run for cover I swear I’m not the Devil lol) but I like to think I have a social conscience. I choose to smoke, children don’t. Common sense says not to smoke around children, and even as a smoker myself it annoys me when I see people do this! Even worse when they stand at the school gates smoking! #effitfriday

    • I’m a former smoker so I don’t think your the devil . Adults smoking is their own choice and responsibility. Letting under age children smoke around other children is a problem, though. I can’t think why any parent would think it’s a good idea!

  2. You just reminded me of the episode of mad men when Don was smoking in the car, with the windows up and the kids in the back seat. Ah, the good old days! But even he freaked out when he found out his young daughter smoked. I hear YA, now where’s that beer? #effitfriday

  3. I absolutely get what you mean! I see young kids smoking and I wonder if the parents know? Back 30 years ago it was just starting to come out what smoking does to a person and now 30 years later kids are still starting to smoke. This dad though doesn’t sound like he’s very brilliant! Thanks for linking on #effitfriday

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