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Do you have older grandkids? Have you gotten pretty casual about leaving your medications down and open around them? I just watched a public service ad today that showed a junior high school student taking “his medicine.” He picked each pill up and said words along the lines of, “This is for my hip replacement surgery. This is for my arthritis. And this is for my sciatica, whatever that is.” Well, we all know what that is and we all know those WEREN’T really his pills!
He had snuck the pills from his grandparents' home, where they had been out on the counter, easily accessible, and not supervised. We would all love to think that once our grandkids hit a certain age, we don’t have to supervise them as closely anymore. Unfortunately, that isn’t always true. You may truly have the best grandkids in the whole wide world (I know I do 🙂 ), but it’s still wise not to put temptation in front of others. Even the best kids can sometimes be too curious for their own good.
As a member of the hate-to-admit-to-aging baby boomers generation, I have to admit I tried a couple of the cigarettes my parents left around the house when I was 16. If they hadn’t been laying around, I doubt I would have tried them. On the other hand, they smoked really yucky ones so it helped stop me from going further!
If you have grandkids of any age in your home on a regular basis or at your elderly parents home, or even just occasionally, it’s best to keep the medicines up in the cupboard in an area that is regularly supervised. Not only that. Fun activities for grandparents and their grandchildren are the perfect time to look for teachable moments to encourage them to "just say no" too! And, of course, cover them constantly with lots of prayer – pray for them, as well as praying together for them and their friends. All precautions we hope and pray are not necessary but, as one of my favorite sayings goes, “It’s better safe than sorry.” 🙂