Moms are getting a bad rap these days…
Everyone seems to be talking about how stupid some moms can be…
Everyone is just pointing and laughing at these moms that aren’t vaccinating their kids….
My kids got their vaccinations, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t think twice. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t space out the vaccines a little more than the pediatrician prescribed. I would be lying if I hadn’t thought in my mind, “Is he really going to get measles or rubella?”
Just because modern-day mothers collectively brought back a bunch of deadly diseases from the prehistoric times, everyone is dissing them.
But you stuffy “doctor-listeners” don’t know what life is like for us.
Women who were moms in the 50’s to 70’s and beyond are quick to judge today’s mothers and shake their heads when they hear the news that they are choosing to not vaccinate their children. When I expressed concern about vaccinations when my kids were little, my own mother said “Don’t be ridiculous, you and your brother were vaccinated and you are both fine.”
Ok, but today’s vaccines are NOT what the original vaccines were. They are over-manufactured and preserved and are lumped together with other vaccines. I don’t really know what any of that means – except that it’s not the same vaccine that me and my brother received.
Secondly, we live in a world that is ruled by social media. Our news feeds are filled with various articles and blogs and headlines announcing what we should be scared about for our children. It is overwhelming and scary. We are trying to do our best and every hour that we tune in to the news or facebook, we are told that we are failing.
Let me give you a haughty know-it-alls a quick perusal of the news items I found just TODAY that I need to worry about:
#1 – “Dry Drowning”
In the olden times – your children would take a swim and then they would come home and eat dinner and go to bed. Well those days are over. They can drown in their sleep!!! If you saw them ingest any water at all – then you must keep them awake all night so that they don’t die.
I actually have to worry about them drowning in real life- since they are horrible swimmers – but now I have to worry too about the sleep drowning…..Apparently this is “Nightmare on Elm Street.”
Then there’s the whole “Goldfish cracker” situation….
Then there’s the whole soda situation. I would never let my kids drink soda – except on a special occasion…
Apparently even that is really asking for trouble.
And then there’s the whole “screen time” dilemma….
So it’s only logical that when we are inundated with information that can help us to prevent our children from dying or being severely physically or mentally ill that we would be scared or confused.
Older generations cannot relate to our frozen state of fear.
Why would they? They lived the “life of Reilly” where they could perform their parenting skills to the best of their ability with no worries or fears.
In olden times mothers would wake up and feed their children Pop Tarts (red dye and high fructose corn syrup will kill you) and regular old milk from the store (artificial growth hormone will cause cancer.)
They would then pack a lunch of a baloney(carcinogens will cause cancer) or peanut butter and jelly(sugar and allergy causing ingredients) on white bread (refined white flour will cause diabetes.)
Then they would spend their day smoking cigarettes inside their home (second hand smoke will kill you and your children) and talking on the phone (today’s cell phones send waves into your head that cause brain cancer) and clean using regular cleaning products purchased at the store(ammonia fumes can cause immediate danger to skin and lungs.)
They would do laundry using fabric softener (toxic softeners can wreak havoc on the nervous system)
When the kids arrived home from school off the bus (that could crash at any minute) they would have a traditional American snack of cookies (childhood obesity) and the toxic milk again. They would then go outside to play unattended, while moms had only a vague idea of their whereabouts (threats of abduction or child molestation.)
The children would then come inside and either do homework or watch Sesame Street, Mister Rodgers and Electric Company(3 hours of screen time could cause obesity, ADHD, autism, mental illness and physical agressions.)
At bedtime the children would brush their teeth with the same toothpaste as their parents. (fluoride is an “endocrine disruptor” and can affect many things in the body, including the bones, the brain, the thyroid gland.)
And then they would get into their beds and go to sleep without any parents in their bed with them (NATURALCHILD.ORG actually SAYS that Babies and children have perished in fires, have been sexually abused by visiting relatives, have been abducted from their bed, have been attacked by pets, have suffocated after vomiting, and have died or been injured in various ways that could have been prevented had a parent been nearby to help.)
Days and days could go by like this with the mother having no fears or worries.
Short of the surgeon general visiting in person – there was no chance of anyone telling her that she was doing a bad job.
We will never have a day go by when we don’t second guess what we are doing.
SO IS IT ANY WONDER ???? That when a perfectly normal
former playboy playmate Donnie Walburg’s girlfriend
tells us that she has the answers to prevent autism, we listen?!!
We don’t know the answers. We aren’t pretending to be scientists or doctors.
We are scared!
We are riddled with guilt and worry.
If I hear Jenny tell a story about her perfectly healthy son who got vaccinated and then could no longer speak or respond appropriately, I am going to consider this.
I am going to then google “vaccines and autism.”
I am going to be met with millions of accounts and reports of children who negatively reacted to vaccinations.
It’s not Jenny McCarthy that is to blame for our lack of confidence in vaccinations.
It is the world wide web.
If anyone is to blame at all for this it’s Al Gore for inventing the internet!
We are not stupid.
We are not making rash decisions.
We are trying to weed through the overwhelming amount of evidence pointing to causes and reasons for our children to become sick or die.
We are trying to keep our children safe and healthy in a very treacherous world.
We are doing our best and so is Jenny, so don’t hate us.
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THIS POST WAS INSPIRED BY MAMA KAT’S WRITING WORKSHOP – THIS WEEK’S PROMPT WAS “THINGS I DIDN”T KNOW BEFORE I WAS A MOM….”