TheAssassin wrote:I didn't know people who smoked weed were actually full-time zombies incapable of being good parents. I also didn't know that marijuana completely warms your sense of reality and makes you unable to communicate realistically with 5 year olds.
Obviously if you let smoking marijuana take control of your life you won't be productive in any aspect, least of all one that's as time intensive as raising kids. That's the truth with literally anything one can use in excess, not just drugs. If you don't care enough about your children to realize you can't sit around and get high all day, then you're going to be just as bad a parent off the weed than on it, and maybe even worse.
I've known many kids who's parents smoked weed when they were young and still do. They all turned out fine because their parents were good parents and realized that their responsibilities towards their children was more important than their desire for self gratification. They were/are good parents because they were willing to make sacrifices.
It's not the weed that makes someone a shitty parent, it's someone's character.
You made some valid points. However if you smoke pot your not there for that whole day. Also there are plenty of developmental psychologists who postulate that it takes about three days after you smoke pot for the emotional centers of the brain to start functioning fully again. I agree fully with that. So at twice a week one could argue that you grow emotionally about a day in seven. Not a good recipe for raising kids in my opinion.
The parents of the people I have worked with were sometimes exceptionally high functioning-- but that did not translate to emotional maturity.
In the archive of The Catalyst magazine SLC Utah, you can find a ten part series on this exact subject.
Also, a five year old is absorbing everything from the parent, not just ideas and information but entire attitudes and outlooks, even moods.
A neuroscientist with a map of your brain activity in hand could pick you mom and dad out of a hundred other scans because they will be so alike. Drug use shows up in these scans.