With college starting for many students this week and next, I thought it would be a good time to discuss how much you told your young adults about your college days and how you have advised them to behave?
Did you tell the truth about your:
Drinking – If you did imbibe, how much and with whom?
Drugs – If you did, specifically what kind and how much?
Sex – If you did or did not lose your virginity? And if you shared an accurate account of how many partners you may have had and the consequences/outcomes of those relationships?
Did you lie about the same types of behavior when they were in high school? Can you switch your story and still have their respect? Are your expectations different for a college freshmen VS a high school senior even though they’re both 18? What areas did you feel the most sensitive about sharing? Which areas did you still lie about even with them going into college?
Would you tell them honestly about your experiences hoping to help them make better choices or is it better not to reveal your “sins” to be a better role model for your teen?