Giving New Meaning to “Just Say No”

My daughter’s fourth-grade school class just completed a health unit about drug and alcohol use. We’ve talked openly about it at the dinner table all week. I’ve played the devil’s advocate a bit to see if she can really tell me why they are harmful and not just give me rote answers.

On the final day of this curriculum, after school she and I talked a lot about what she learned. Later, at the dinner table, she brought it up to her dad without the reminder of the topic they were covering.

She said, “We went over in our health class today. It was more than two hours.”

“Why did you go over?” Paul asked her.

“Everyone was asking questions for like 30 to 45 minutes,” she said.

“”Why were they asking questions?” he said.

“We did drugs today.”

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