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  My overarching goal is to raise children who are healthy, happy, and whole. I want my children to be secure in themselves and in their attachments, to love themselves as much as DH and I love them, to know that our love isn't conditional or dependent on their good behavior or external achievements, and to understand that DH and I are whole adults who don't depend on our children to validate us. My parents set a terrible example--they were emotionally and sometimes...
We use time-outs when there's physical violence involved. If he hits, kicks, bites, or pinches he gets 10 minutes to calm down and learn to control himself better around other people. I encourage him to beat up a pillow or his stuffed animals to help satisfy that urge, but hitting other living creatures is never okay. And I give myself time-outs frequently because mine are less than two years apart and my patience is thin sometimes.   Other than that I try to come up...
  This was mentioned above so I hope it's not too off-topic, but I find the argument that people like Mercola are untrustworthy because they sell products on their sites completely ridiculous.   Usually the person objecting to this gross commercialism, when asked to cite sources, is linking to pages that have double sidebars of ads for pharmaceutical products from the same companies that sell and market vaccines. Most websites have ads these days so accusing an...
I guess I just don't find the likes of Paul Offitt and Dr. Amy any more credible than Mercola or even Alex Jones, Rense, et al. It's up to the person doing the research to decide for herself who's credible and who isn't and poisoning the well ("But look what else they advertise/say/publish!") doesn't really sway me. Vaccine-free, as a choice, definitely has a P.R. problem and there are crackpots on the anti-vax side for sure. But I've seen no shortage of pro-vaccine...
Decreeing something doesn't make it so, I'm afraid. You'll have to do more than post a link to a Wikipedia article to "amply answer" any of the points raised in this thread.
  Oh, that's not at all how you came across though I can see by what I wrote why you might understandably think so!  Sorry, mama.   It would have been way more appropriate to say that I try not to start with that assumption because it's a slippery slope to hypocrisy. But I wasn't trying to imply that you do that! And I agree that there must be plenty of people who do go into it blindly because they trust expert opinions (on either side of the issue) or because it's what...
  I try to give other people the benefit of the doubt in this area. I'm sure there are parents who don't research and just make a gut decision not to vaccinate, and I'm sure there are parents who don't research and make the popular or advised decision to vaccinate, but I try not to assume that of anyone because I don't want to resort to the sort of "You're too dumb to understand the real science or you'd do what we do!" tactic that is so commonly used against vaccine-free...
    Yes, thank you for this helpful and informative post. I see you addressed none of my points and managed to be condescending at the same time. Nice work!
And yet testing new vaccines against older versions of the same vaccine is considered legitimately scientific because it's "peer-reviewed", even though a high school freshman could find the obvious problems with such methodology.   A very flawed experiment's results being vetted by a panel of experts doesn't make it into science. It just makes it accepted by that panel of experts. "Pseudoscience" is a subjective term and not one that vaccine marketers should throw...
  This is another argument that makes no sense to me. Saying I'm "selfish" for not vaccinating my child (for the greater good/herd immunity/children who can't be vaccinated for medical reasons, etc.) is an admission that vaccinating a healthy child is not without risk, that it could have unwanted side effects. In the same breath these people will usually then insist that vaccinating children is perfectly safe and that risks are rare or non-existent. So which is it?...
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