‘The cashier said, ‘Do you think it’s safe to get high with your kids?’ It took me by surprise. Some people don’t smoke just to get high.’: Pro-marijuana mom says ‘these are the most stress-free days we’ve had’

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“Yes, I’m a mom of two.

Yes, I have smoked before when my kids are awake.

No, that doesn’t make me a bad parent.

I remember the first time I wore this sweater out in public. I was at the mall, surrounded by tank tops that said ‘I’m a wine mom’ and ‘nothing gets done until my wine glass is empty.’

But my sweater, was definitely one of the most looked at things, probably because I had my two young kids with me.

I had one cashier say to me, ‘Do you think it’s safe to get high with your kids?’

It took me by surprise. It made me wonder. Why every time someone thinks of weed, they must be getting high and not being able to function.

When I smoke while my kids are up, which is rare, but it has happened, it is to calm myself. Not to get high, or to lay on the couch all day.

Marijuana has so many other benefits besides the ones you see in the movies.

It has helped me immensely with being a more patient mother.

It has helped me gain the weight I needed to.

It has helped my insomniac self get some well needed sleep at night.

It’s really interesting when I wear the wine mom tank top I do have out. I get high fives from other moms, I get laughs, I get told, ‘Awesome shirt, relatable.’

But when I wear this one, it’s a whole different story.

Smoking while your kids are awake doesn’t make you a bad parent.

Some people don’t smoke just to get high.

You don’t have to smoke a ton every time.

It doesn’t make you lay on the couch all day, and ignore your kids.

So, yeah, I’m a mom of two, and I have smoked while my kids are awake, and you know what? Those are the most relaxed, stress free days my kids and I have.

Sincerely, a pretty kick ass mom who smokes a lot of weed.”

Courtesy of Caitlin Fladager

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Caitlin Fladager, and originally appeared here. You can follow her journey on Facebook and InstagramSubmit your own story here, and be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our best stories.

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