Did you know getting high on pot can make you a better parent?
No? I didn’t either.
I ran across a piece today on someone’s google reader discussing something Babble published by a woman claiming getting high actually made her a better parent. The original post I read on the first site was just as taken back by it as I was. Seriously, who wouldn’t be? The woman admits to getting so frustrated by her child that she decides to get high, and then proceeds to drive somewhere under the influence, and claims her relaxed attitude makes her a better parent.
This is just wrong on so many levels I don’t think I need to even go into it, BUT what truly got me was what came next. A lot of commentors were outraged, not only at her obvious issues and lack of concern for her child’s safety, but also because Babble published(and therefor by extension condoned) this in their “Bad Parent” column. This is the type of column usually reserved for admissions of things like choosing not to breastfeed, or not liking a friend’s child. Things that while some might shake their head over, is not exactly worthy of a call to CPS. And those who were not so outraged? Their stance is that smoking pot is no different than having a couple of glasses of wine, or taking an antidepressant.
Yeah, that was the sound of my jaw hitting the floor, again.
I have talked here previously about depression. It is something I have dealt with for awhile, and with the help of medication, am able to control and live a normal life. Normal being the key word.
I’ve said it before, and apparently need to say it again- antidepressants do not make you ‘high’ , they don’t make you ‘happy’, they just make you normal.
There is a HUGE difference in taking something to purposely impair your normal mental state, and taking something to fix what isn’t normal to begin with. You can’t compare abusing something with fixing something, and to try to do so to justify your own position hurts you somewhat, and the rest of us a LOT.
Those of us who truly need medical help to be better parents are being done no favors by being compared to some sorry ass people who would rather get high than actually get help they so obviously need.