Help! I need some advice. I saw my son’s friend smoking cigarettes in the parking lot of a gas station. What should I do? I don’t know the parents very well. Should I call them? I don’t want to be a tattletale, but the kid is only 14!
This is tricky and I think the answer will vary. I actually experienced this same situation with my daughter and her friend I saw smoking. I called the mother of my daughters friend assuming she would appreciate another parent looking out for her daughter; but I was not prepared for the conversation. She told me my daughter also smokes and is actually the reason her daughter smokes. I was/am extremely embarrassed and annoyed with the whole situation; in a few minutes my day was ruined because I found out my daughter smokes and I hurt her friendship with the girl she is closest with. I do not think I should not have gone right to the other mother; I wish I would have taken the time to talk to my daughter first and at least tried to discuss a ‘solution’ with her. Inevitably, I would have called the mother, I just wish I would have done it as a last resort. Hope this helps.