This afternoon I wrote an important, honest, reflective post that I believed would spark a critical, though uncomfortable parenting conversation. The initial comments opened up an equally honest and powerful discussion about the roles we can and cannot play in our children’s lives, the power we do and do not have over the outcomes of their decisions, the reasoning behind the rules that we all hated as children…but that we realize as adults may have saved our lives.
Because of hateful and downright inaccurate comments that began to appear, I pulled the post. I will not have people level accusations, state outright lies, or point fingers at a family suffering from a terrible loss. I will not have my own intentions questioned when they were stated clearly.
Instead I want to simply post this in the hopes that it alone – without context – will be helpful in some way:
Fact: Accidents involving alcohol are more likely to occur at night… about five times more likely.
Fact: Teenage drivers are at a higher risk to be involved in a drinking and driving accident.
Fact: Multiple studies have shown that parents are the number one influence in their children’s lives.
Fact: A 2010 study showed that night time driving is the number one danger for teen drivers.
Knowledge is a powerful parenting tool.
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