When I was a teen, I engaged in some experimenting - mostly sneaking alcohol at parties and smoking a cigarette here and there. I had watched friends do the same and thought there was nothing wrong with it at the time. My kids are getting close to the teen years and I am struggling with what to say if they ask me if I ever did this things as a teen. Is it better to admit the truth or better to say I never engaged in drinking or smoking of any kind? One of my fears is if I admit the truth, my kids will stop listening right then and even if I go on to explain it was a mistake, I regret it, etc., they may only here "well mom experimented so it's ok for me to do it to".