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Friday, April 28, 2006

It's Just a Plant

... Or A Day In the Life of a Hippie Parent

H/T to BitchPhD, who gives us this description of where she's sending her readers:

Since this is in at least some respects a parenting blog, I thought it appropriate to pass along this wonderful little pedagogical resource, to which I was alerted by regular prog-blog commenter Spyder. The astute observer will note in its pages at least one example of the clumsy yet perhaps arguably well-intentioned racial stereotyping by presumably white hippy liberals which is being discussed a couple threads down.

To what resource is she referring? Some great new way to introduce your child to your lover while on vacation away from your husband? No, although I bet she could write that book, judging from her experiences.

No, it's a book that introduces children to marijuana and encourages them to fight to legalize it. Here is a link to the kids book, which you just know I'm going to buy right now and share with my 4 year old. It's a great read...

Here is how the authors describe the book:
Despite our best efforts to criminalize, restrict and otherwise hide it in every way we can... children learn about marijuana.

In fact, from the schoolyard to the classroom, kids are flooded with information on it. Unfortunately, most "drug facts" are more frightening than educational, blaming pot for everything from homelessness to teenage pregnancy to international terrorism.

Many parents are not comfortable discussing marijuana use beyond "just saying no." Some have tried marijuana themselves. Others fear that any discussion of marijuana falling short of outright denouncement may be perceived by their kids as permission to try it on their own. In short, parents have few sources of information that puts the safety of their children above political argument and moral lessons.

We believe that a child's first awareness of drugs should come from a better source than the government, the media or drug manufacturers. It's Just a Plant is for parents who want to be involved in discussing and educating their children about the effects, the dangers and the benefits of marijuana.

And from the Frequently Asked Questions:

Why bother writing a book about marijuana for kids?

Some children are trying their first "hit" of marijuana at ten and eleven years old, and awareness of the plant begins even earlier for many (whether through its heavy presence in pop culture or by simply opening their parent's door during "bedtime"). We believe there is a way to safely educate children about drugs by satisfying their curiosity but without piquing their curiosity to try them.

Does It's Just a Plant advocate marijuana use for children?

No. It's Just a Plant explicitly addresses the potential harm of drug abuse and insists that marijuana is something not to be experimented with by children. As with books that teach children about sex, It's Just a Plant encourages parents to explore the topic and their children's questions about it, all the while reminding them that trying "pot" is an experience for responsible adults.

Why did you include information about the illegality of the plant in the book? Won't that scare and confuse children, especially if their parents use the drug?

Examining marijuana without mentioning that it is illegal is misinformative, and maybe even dangerous. Some schools encourage students to "rat out" their parents who smoke marijuana, and it is important to explain the necessity for privacy on the topic. While it can be quite difficult for a child to understand why their parents might engage in illegal activity, it is an issue that should be discussed in a fair context.

Now, while the book does say that smoking marijuana is "only for adults", it doesn't address the potential harm to children.

The main message of the entire book is captured in one of the final scenes:
That night, Jackie’s family ate a dinner of squash, tomato salad, bread and macaroni.

For a treat, Jackie’s mom added some of Farmer Bob’s strawberries to their dessert.

“When I grow up,” announced Jackie, “I am going to work to make all the laws fair.”

Enjoy the book.... the illustrations are just perfect. Provided to us by Ricardo Cort├ęs of the curiously named Magic Propaganda Mill.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (2)
Brian said...

If they encourage kids to not use Marijuana, then is second hand smoke of Marijuana an issue as well?

Or is this really about getting kids to help in the legalization battle, because its so cute when little becky says that all the plant laws should be fair.

Ice Wolf said...

"The next day Jackie woke up early to get ready for her adventure, when she remembered...

It was Halloween!"

Oh, man... that one had me laughing.