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Moms Talk: Should Parents Talk Whitney Houston, Drugs?

The singer was found dead Saturday.

This week, we're exploring how St. Louis parents can use current events to discuss difficult subjects with their children.

Last week, singer Whitney Houston was found dead at age 48. While she had struggled with addiction to drugs, her cause of death was unknown as of Monday.

So onto this week's question: Should parents use instances such as this one to discuss the effects of drug use with their children? Or are these conversations better reserved for other situations?

Jayne Langsam February 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM
No conversation about drugs should be reserved for another time. This is a perfect opportunity to talk about the dangers and consequences of using drugs. The conversations about drugs should be an ongoing one.
Nate Birt (Editor) February 16, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I agree, Jayne. It's always appropriate to talk about this issue.
Nancy Pasternak February 16, 2012 at 02:29 PM
My kids are very young - but if my son asked how she died, I would explain it. If they were more school age, I think it's the perfect opportunity to talk about the dangers and to explore other ways to deal with feelings of hurt, frustration, etc. in life.

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