First of all, I am very glad that you have chosen to research this topic to give yourself an educated outlook on your developing child. It is a wonderful gift to have a relationship between your children so open that you’re able to talk about being a sanguinarian. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read the Vampire FAQ (VFAQ). Once you learn more about the issue, you’ll be better prepared to handle any situation between you and your child. In the community, we’ve nicknamed ourselves vampires, but we do not consider ourselves the immortal vampires from movies and Stoker. To us, the word “vampire” is just a cute little thing to call ourselves instead of the mouthful of “sanguinarian.” It may be very frightening to hear your child calling him or herself a vampire, especially if they are a sanguinarian (blood drinking vampire), but do not worry. Chances are, your child has not joined a cult and is not going against your religion and is not trying to defy you. Your child is simply growing up and trying to discover themselves just like any other child and needs your support.
So what should you do, now that your child is a vampire? Try not to be angry at your child for this. It’s not something they had any choice over. Even light skepticism can push your child away and make them want to hide things from you, and the last thing anyone wants is a teenager sneaking around. If you can do that and keep an open relationship with your child, you can help keep them safe. Be supportive of them and chat about and meet any donors they have or any houses they join. Help teach them safe blood drinking habits and help them find a vampire mentor that you approve of to teach your child more about themselves. In the vampire community, some elders use their position to use young vampires, yes, but this also happens in the Catholic community. In both communities, this can be stopped by parents taking a strong, supportive role in their children’s lives.
Here is some Vampirism 101 to teach your children:
-Always use sterile tools. Lancets are great for new vampires.
-Never cut near veins. The upper arm is a great place to get blood from a scalpel, and the fingertips are wonderful for lancets.
-Always get donors tested. There’s no end to what a donor could have and it’s important to know that they are clean. But don’t get too frightened! It’s extremely hard for most diseases to get past your body’s strong defense system.
-Never get a donor or join a House without the parent’s approval. Not only is it illegal to join a House as a minor, but this will help keep young vampires out of trouble and away from any bad people.
-Always tell a parent when something is happening that worries you. Parents know more than children think, I promise!
-Never take more than a few sips of blood. That’s all any vampire needs.
-Always keep your donors safe and healthy. This includes getting yourself tested (it’s easier for them to get diseases from a vampire than the other way around), using sterile and disposable utensils and only using them once, and not gossiping about them.
-Never go anywhere without your parent knowing, especially if it’s with another vampire or a donor. Many police officers will try to take you into custody if you’re caught drinking blood even though with parental permission it should be legal in your state. If you can, try to confine any blood drinking to your own home.
-Always try to keep your nature as a vampire a secret. Of course, people who have a confidentiality reading like Priests and Counselors are fine to disclose this to, but remember that some people just aren’t as cool as your parents are about this and you could be isolated from your peers.
The most important thing you can do with your child is talk to them about this. Newly discovered vampires are scared, whether they want to get off of their teenage pride and admit it or not. Walking into a room where your child is drinking someone’s blood is scary, too. But if both of you work together to make this young, awakening vampire into a strong member of the vampire community, you will both be able to get over your fear together, keep each other safe, and keep a strong and loving relationship between parent and child.
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