Parenting decisions

Do you find it hard to make decisions? Not only just life altering decisions, but also mundane ones like where to go, what to eat or what to do? These decisions then multiply in quantity and complexity when one becomes a parent.

Questions such as what brand of diapers, brand of wipes, breastfeeding or milk formula (which on its own branches off to different set of questions), etc.

These questions are child age specific and you “unlock” new set of questions when your child grows up. School, clothes, food, bed time, play privileges, the questions never end!!

However a certain recent world event has forced a “new” question onto parents.

Whether or not to vaccinate our children (Ages 5-11) with COVID-19 vaccine?

Source: Channel News Asia

To be fair, this “new” question is a sub-question to the main question: whether to vaccinate or not?

The COVID-19 vaccine for young kids has created quite a storm, sparking online debates between infectious disease keyboard-experts and pro-vaxxers. There are the self proclaimed Urologists warning parents that children will suffer erectile dysfunction in adulthood after taking vaccine. And not forgetting the people who ask for long term data to prove that the vaccine is safe for young kids.

Source: Healing The Divide, Facebook page

I apologize in advance. You will not find answers here. I did not carry out any 10 years study on the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine on young kids. And to be completely truthful, I’m apprehensive on whether my kids should get the COVID-19 vaccine or not as well.

Don’t misunderstand. All my kids are fully vaccinated for other diseases. And since the COVID-19 vaccine is new, for me it is a matter of having faith in it.

But ultimately like all other decisions, I believe that parents will have to make decisions that benefits the child. And not fall into the trap of making decisions that make them look like good parents or to satisfy societal norms.

Published by ZED

Generation xennial dad trying to bring up 3 girls in this current messy world and keeping sane at the same time.

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