When our kids were small I did what my mother did with us—I talked to them about cigarettes.
We’d drive past the nearby high school and see a group of teenagers on the corner smoking. I’d say, “Look, kids! Do you see what I see? Do you see what those big kids are holding in their hands? Look! Those are stinky cigarettes!
“Do you know why they are smoking them? It’s because they think it makes them look cool. Do you think they look cool? Noooooo! They look silly, don’t they!
“Do you know what those stinky cigarettes are going to do to their teeth? After a while their teeth will get stained a yucky brown color. Right now, their breath already smells stinky. Their clothes smell stinky and their cars and houses all smell like stinky cigarettes. I’m sure glad I don’t smoke stinky cigarettes. They’re gross!”
Talking to them in this way, early on, began to mold their thoughts about cigarettes. One day I met a friend in the mall who was holding a cigarette in her hand. Our four-year-old daughter kept pulling at me to leave. When I asked her why, she said, “That lady has a stinky cigarette!”
I remember as teenagers, from time to time, they would report to me their disappointment when certain friends had succumbed to this terrible habit. It didn’t surprise me that smoking was never something they wanted to try.
- Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
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