Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post from Touch&Know™. As always, my opinions and the emotional roller coaster of parenting are all of my own makings.
Taking a detour from the running & workouts today (or the lack thereof), and sharing a bit from the home front. I usually keep the mr. and the kiddos off the interwebs, but if we’ve met, odds are you’ve heard me utter the phrase, this has been the hardest year. ever. when it comes to the parenting realm, and my absence here has been tied with my need to be present and focused on the season we’ve been walking through. With an almost 18 year old and 16 year old, I don’t even need to go into details for why parenting is so rough in our day and age. Just yesterday
or five years ago, the littles were content to hang with the family for a day at Disney.
Overnight it seems, they were heading off to prom, and like most teens that know it all, have one foot out the door.
I’m not sure where the years went, but I know this much to be true: my kids have always known that as a parent, my role is to parent them, not be their best friend (though I’ll take those moments whenever I can get them!) or the cool mom
but let’s face it, I totally am. Ha!. To each their own on how they choose to parent, but I’ve always been clear that the entitled attitude of “privacy” that’s so prevalent today is a non-issue. At any time I see fit, I will have either child go hands off their computer and I will check what sites they are on, who they are chatting with, and the like. When it comes to their personal space, I make no apologies for going through backpacks, dresser drawers, etc. Do I do this because I don’t trust my kids? No. Do I choose to be in their business to be informed? Yes, absolutely. Am I on the hunt to find incriminating evidence to use against them? No. I was a totally shady, scheming teenager once, so heck yeah, if I feel like something’s amiss, I won’t ignore that internal nudge, even if it means my kids see it as a violation rather than parenting. I’ve found little things like my signature forged on papers that a certain set of eyes didn’t want me seeing, and I’ve found other things that warranted some serious discussions to be had. It stirs up some conflict, but it’s expected, and it hasn’t been anything too serious. But what happens if you find something you don’t recognize?
Last month I was introduced to a new home drug identification test kit, Touch&Know™. The premise behind it is simple enough: test the substance, not the relationship.
I don’t know about you, but there is more than enough going in a house with teenagers that speculation easily turns into heated “discussion.” Add to that, the creative ways that drugs are being packaged (or worse, legalized) nowadays, and it wouldn’t be too difficult to miss something – think beyond brownies - there are drinks, the growing popularity of bath salts, and even what looks like a regular candy bar. Yes, candy bars. Did you catch this news clip of a couple FOURTH GRADERS caught selling pot at school last week? Seriously, parenting is no joke these days and we have to stay one step ahead of the game. It was great to be in a room full of mothers with children of all ages that shared the same concerns. There was some great insight into the product, as well as the opportunity for a hands on trial.
I’ve fought more battles than I care to admit, and have no idea how I would
fly off the handle respond if drugs were an issue. If you suspect your child is on something, you can have a urine test done (don’t mind that there are ways to get a negative reading-google has an answer for everything). You could go the route of submitting a hair sample, right? There’s no cheating that test, but did you know it’s not just a hair or two off their hair brush like you see in movies? Nope, picture enough hairs to be comparable to the eraser head of a pencil. Yes, any teenager would be willing to part with that and sign you up for mother of the year, right? Not to mention the lengthy wait for results, which doesn’t tell you what your kid was up to last night.
With the Touch&Know™ kit, you don’t need to have a discussion with the child, you can test for up to 22 different substances, and it doesn’t take much. For real, as in a NANOGRAM being enough to get a read. It doesn’t require you to touch the substance; simply touch/swab the tip of the test, break the two self contained vials and give it a quick shake. If the liquids react with a change of color, you’ve got a positive result. Far easier than accuse first, explain later, right? I know I see this primarily as another layer (not a replacement) of parenting teenagers, but that’s not always the case. With easy access to marijuana, accidents happen like the toddler who ingested pot laced candy just last week. Kids share snacks & treats, and it happens. Many of us know people struggling with drug addictions and are faced with repeated denial. Touch&Know™ gives us the peace of mind, or the opportunity to start a conversation.
Touch&Know™ is 99% accurate, gives you results in seconds, and available at Walgreens for less than $20. Yeah, $18 and some change is worth my sanity. What about you?
Thanks to Black Falcon for hosting such a wonderful, informative evening & Jason Ward for taking far better photos than my lil old phone could manage.
How would you approach your child or significant other if you found something questionable?