Thursday, March 1, 2012

Parenting is an Enormous Responsibility

There's a recent news story of a young girl being given 4 vaccinations by a school nurse, all without consent. The mother claims that "she even signed a document indicating never to administer medical treatment to her daughter."  The article goes on to state that the girl came down with a full body rash. 

The first thing that went through my head is that I have to have a talk with my son about what to do if anyone ever tries to give him a shot. His life depends on it, vaccinating him is like playing with fire and I unfortunately have the medical records and doctor waivers to prove it, and so does his school but apparently these things slip through the cracks from time-to-time. So not only do we have to have the "Stranger Danger" conversation, we also have to talk about what happens if the nice nurse tries to give you a shot without mommy there. Wow, was I naive going into this parenting thing.  The decisions and responsibilities are enormous.  One of my favorite quotes is, "   “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body"--Elizabeth Stone.

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