Children's Hospital Colorado

How to Talk to Young Children About Marijuana

Tips for talking to young children (under 10 years old)

At this age, it will be easier than at any other time for parents to impart your thoughts about marijuana. Experts at Children's Hospital Colorado recommend these tips:

  • Deliver messages for young kids in terms of health and safety by saying something like, “We don’t want to put things in our body that could be unhealthy for us.”
  • If your child asks, “What is pot/marijuana?” a good response is straightforward: “It is a plant that people use to change how they feel. It can make people feel confused or fuzzy.”
  • Give them tools to refuse marijuana. Say something like, “It’s okay to say no if someone asks you to do something that is bad for your health. Say no and tell an adult you trust.”
  • If you are concerned about your child accidentally ingesting marijuana say something like,  “Be careful what you eat. If you see candy or a cookie, before you eat it, make sure you know what it is and where it came from. If you don’t, it’s best to say no.”

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