Spinoff from the schoolies thread!
In regards to parenting as your kids get older.
I am in two minds. For example If I was a smoker (which I'm not) I guess I would find it hard to tell them not to smoke (though I would still try and educate them if I wasn't in the position to stop smoking.) However, as an ex, very heavy smoker, I will certainly be telling them I did used to smoke and the reasons why I don't think it's a good idea.
I did alot of things as a teen and young adult that I wouldn't want for them in a million year. I am going to be honest about it but I don't think it makes me a hypocrit for not wanting them to go down that path. I will certainly be sharing experiences regarding drugs, drinking, unsafe s.ex, etc and hoping this plays a part in the choices they make. I certainly fdon't think that just because I made mistakes, went down wrong paths that it gives me no right to encourage them not to. It would be different I guess if I was still doing those things now.