I sure wish I had back every dollar I spent in the White Lion Pub or Scarlette O'Hara's back then ... well, ... most of them. It was a phase and one I worked through pretty quick, but not without cost.
I'm very happy that my kids have not learned things the hard way like their Dad. While, we'll take most of the credit for that, society is a lot more helpful now too. Kids today are bombarded with healthy messages about smoking, drinking, etc.
Yes, they get bombarded with negative messages too through some aspects of popular culture, but we protected them from that when they were in their formative years so that now it's like water on a duck's back.
I do take credit for that ... protecting them.
We're not puritanical (not by a long shot) in this house, but our babies have grown into these amazing young adults with good, practical heads on their shoulders who know how to make smart decisions.
As evidence, I submit this email sent out recently by my daughter Katy.