Little Lesson #5 Teen Son Uses Pot
During Family Night

I am a huge advocate of family night. It’s a night that you can schedule weekly or monthly so that you can spend quality family time together.

We did this for many years when the first three kids were younger.

One of our favorite things to do is have family game night. PhilBillPaul and I love board games. Some of our old standard favorites:

Scrabble, Yahtzee, Pictionary, Taboo and Boggle.

Okay, maybe not so much Boggle but only because they’re all a bunch of sore losers when I win every time. I am The Queen of Boggle.

We have had many family movie nights and rotated which child could choose the movie.

Some of our favorite oldies but goodies:

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Babe, The Rookie, Fly Away Home and E.T.

I’m not a big fan of cartoons but The Lion King, Shrek & Finding Nemo are also winners if we have to watch a cartoon.

As the kids got older, we were excited to teach them how to play euchre. If you’re from the Midwest, you probably know the game. If you’re not, never mind.

Bring on the euchre any time…PhilBillPaul and I take our euchre very seriously.

The teenagers now all have jobs and our family nights are few and far between. It’s a rare night that all six of us are home together. (Which I realize, at this point, may be more positive than negative.)

Last year just after Thanksgiving, I brought home something I knew we might all have fun trying. Not that I thought it was a game or anything.

First, a little back story on my idea…

I’ve heard many stories about parents who allow their kids to drink beer and/or alcohol in their home. The parents have been known to say that the kids are safer if they’re at their house and being supervised since “they’re going to drink anyway.”

Being a non-drinker and a head injury survivor makes me extra slow to accept this logic. That and the little law we have about it being illegal.

I do try to have an open mind and just because I never drank alcohol (remember, I still do drink other liquids) doesn’t mean I don’t remember how hard it was to be a teenager and all the peer pressure that accompanied that season of life.

Back in early December last year, I made a big and somewhat impulsive decision and didn’t even discuss it first with PhilBillPaul (because I’m like that).

Remember, he’s so darn nice so I knew he’d go along with my decision because he is the Nice Dad and he just wants everyone to be happy.

Here’s what I decided…

If my kids wanted to try pot, they should do it at home and in front of me and PhilBillPaul.

Side note: We did this particular family night after Scary Baby was tucked safely in bed and fast asleep.

Incidentally, I got this idea from Dr. Oz on Oprah.

So I bought the pot.

Neti Pot

It’s a neti pot.

What on earth did you think I was talking about??????

People, please, stay focused here. My kids do read this from time to time.

The Grunter was the first to volunteer to try the neti pot. The rest of us were more than a little apprehensive.

What a brave soul he was to go first. And he let me take pictures.

STEP ONE: Fill the pot with salt water mixture.


STEP TWO: Start the flow.


STEP THREE: Switch nostrils.


STEP FOUR: Blow and cry laugh.


Side note: The blue bowl was purchased especially for this family night. It is NOT a food bowl for those of you who have come to our house for a meal.

The girls were not interested in trying the neti pot. I don’t really blame them especially after The Grunter used it. Not really an item to share.

I told them I would get them each one for their stocking for Christmas but they said they’d rather get the traditional new socks and a toothbrush. Whatever.

These neti pots are all the rage. In fact, reading about it here made me remember these pictures and inspired me to write this post. (Check out the site – I can’t help but love the name: Dumb Little Man)

There are all kinds of health benefits associated with this “ancient SECRET” that we are just learning about. In spite of the fact we live in Pollenville where the cars turn yellow with pollen and four of us have allergies that get so bad we can’t go outside for more than 5 minutes for several months of the year, we have not taken to using the neti pot.

We prefer our prescription drugs to pot. Go figure.

It’s almost scary to realize that we’ve been having this much family fun and took pictures of the fun long before I started this blog, isn’t it? Never mind, don’t answer that.

Family Neti Pot Night has not been repeated since. But we did play Pictionary in January.

Little Lesson (LL):

  • It takes courage to use pot in front of your parents.
  • Yes, he did inhale and inhaling hurts.
  • Using pot in front of your younger sisters can discourage them from ever trying it.

That’s our boy and we want to publicly say we are so very proud of him!

Share a Little Lesson (SALL): Anybody out there a fan of this neti pot business? Anyone have any Family Night ideas to share?


P.S. For the record, I have never used, smoked or inhaled pot in my life. Neti, or otherwise.

One year ago..

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  1. 1
    Rhonda says:

    Your son is such a trooper.

    Oh my goodness that is funny. What a great kid to even try it. I bought one and had THREE kids who would not even give it a fair try. They tell me they feel as though they are drowning. We will have to give it another try.

    I too saw it on Oprah with Oz.

  2. 2
    Tammy says:

    I so could not go without commenting on this one! First of all, because it is pee-in-your-pants funny but also because I was so grossed out by the pictures. I have heard talk of others trying this pot and they love it and use it frequently. I, too, suffer from allergies here in Pollenville and have been tempted to try the pot for help. After seeing the pictures I think I am not going to do so. I think we could spot some floaters in the bowl. EEWWWWW! I feel so dirty now!

    Thanks for sharing a great story and praise to the brave and adventurous Grunter!

  3. 3
    Sherra says:

    Rhonda » Oh, the power of Oprah! We all run out and buy a neti pot. Wonder if there is a market for barely used neti pots? 🙂

    Tammy » The bowl pictures are blurry for a reason and I didn’t even discuss that aspect so STOP it!! Let’s just say the girls and me screaming almost woke up Scary Baby. I’m sticking with prescription drugs and tissues, thank you very much!

  4. 4
    Melinda says:

    Not being an O fan myself (and have recently found out even more reasons for not being so) I had only recently heard of these pots from another source. A friend’s friend (who happens to be a nurse) encouraged her to buy one. She had bought one but had not used it yet. Hmmm….. wonder if does any good just being in the house? Probably about the same as all the exercise equipment purchased – NOT! LOL

    I do like the idea of family nights. We can do movie nights but no games. My DH does not do games. No card games, no board games. If you force it, he WILL cheat! So we don’t push that issue any longer.

    It’s always interesting seeing your pictures. I so often forget to take pictures at moments like these. I can barely remember to take them at birthdays.

  5. 5
    Sherra says:

    Melinda » If you want to try the neti pot we have one that’s only been used once. ROFL

    There is something wrong with me that I take pictures like these and when people a.k.a. my children are crying and/or hurt. That’s a discussion for another day. 🙂

  6. 6
    Diane says:

    Too funny!

    My mother-in-law swears by her neti pot and uses it daily. She even went as far as buying one for my husband and one of his brothers. Ours has not been used and in turn isn’t helping by sitting on top of the fridge in the basket with the Claritin and Flonase (they are being used). I am not opposed to the whole concept…I just haven’t felt THAT bad, thank goodness!

    One of the problems with ours is that it is shaped a bit differently than yours. The end of the spout has a sort of ball on the end, thus looking much like what you and Ann witnessed on your beach weekend. Both my husband and brother-in-law have said, “I don’t care if it works or not, I’m not sticking that anywhere!”

    Thumbs up to The Grunter!

  7. 7
    Sherra says:

    Diane » Who knew the neti pot had different features? I’m with the guys on their decision! 🙂

  8. 8
    Linda says:

    I just stopped by your site and wow…did I pick the time to visit! I couldn’t believe what I was reading…but couldn’t stop reading either. What a relief. Hey, I can be liberal sometimes too…but not that liberal. Great reading!


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