Should Parents Tell Their Kids About Past Drug Use?

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In a recent speech to a group of young men, President Obama talked about his past drug use.

“I explained to them when I was their age, I was a lot like them,” Obama said,  “I didn’t have a dad in the house. And I was angry about it, even though I didn’t necessarily realize it at the time. I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do.”

The President’s candor about using drugs led many parents to ask if they would be just as honest with their children. I discussed this topic on Fox 26 Houston along with Jacqueline Baly and Dr. Andrew Brams. Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments section or via Twitter (@mochadad) –  Is sharing information about your past drug or alcohol use a good idea, or could it backfire?


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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at