Back in September I read an article in the New York Times called "Pot for Parents." It's written by a dad from San Francisco. Here's the opening line:"The youngest of my three daughters was born around the same time I became a card-carrying medical cannabis parent."The article continues to explain his history with medical marijuana to help his stress, anxiety, and lower back pain...and then how it has made him into a better parent. Let me quote the article further."Here's what a typical weekday evening exchange between me and my oldest daughter once looked like:Child: Daddy, can you how me how to make a Q?Father: sipping bourbon and soda, not looking up from iPad--just make a circle and put a little squiggle at the bottom.Child: No, show me!Father: Sweetie, not now, ok? Daddy's tired.It's different now:Child: Daddy, can you show me how to make a Q?Father: (getting down on the floor) Here, I'll hold your hand while you hold the pen and we'll make one together. There! We made a Q! Isn't it fantastic?Child: Thanks, Daddy!Father: Don't you just love the shape of this pen?It's the same with my middle child:Before: Child: Can I watch a video?Father: Of Course!After:Child: Can I watch a video?Father: Why don't we read a story and then pretend we're in our own video! Go pick out a book, and I'll go get the finger puppets."It's a very funny article--the guy wittily writes that pot is associated with short term memory loss, and the writes the exact same thing a second time--but it hasn't stuck with me for 6 months because of its humor. It has stuck with me because it is is the first time I've ever heard someone claim that smoking pot makes them a better parent.