Saturday 23 September 2017

Why letting teens like Malia make mistakes is a good parenting tip

U.S. President Barack Obama and daughter Malia, who was recently caught smoking Marijuana. Picture Credit: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images
U.S. President Barack Obama and daughter Malia, who was recently caught smoking Marijuana. Picture Credit: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

Stella O'Malley

'Ah leave her alone,' was my first thought when I saw the blurry picture of Malia Obama taking a furtive drag from a joint. Malia isn't running for president, she's 18 years old.

Marijuana has been decriminalised in Illinois, where the concert was held and, most importantly, she is entitled to make some mistakes as she runs the gauntlet from the teen years to early adulthood.

If I think about my own behaviour when I was going through the storms and stresses of adolescence, I want to get down on my hands and knees and give thanks to the good Lord that in the 1980s and 1990s there was no social media ready to capture my every move. I was horrendous! Arrogant, self-absorbed and affected, I took myself verrry seriously (I've no doubt some would argue that I haven't changed one tiny bit). I can just imagine the self-conscious, hare-brained posts I would have written and they would have read like highly pretentious rubbish.

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