Now I understand that she was just stating her opinion, and she is entitled to that opinion, but her words still made me feel defensive. As if I had to defend my decision to immunize my children. I replied to her comment:
I know she didn't mean anything by stating her opinion, but it brought out the Momma Bear instincts in me. I was already in a stressful situation, worried that my kids might get sick and although I respect her opinion, I didn't ask for it. People base their opinions on their own experiences. She bases her opinion on vaccinations on her healthy child. The opinion of a Mom who say has a child with an immune deficiency (and something like chickenpox could have an awful effect on) would have a different opinion on vaccinations.
Social media outlets make it easy for people to state their opinions on the things you do. It is easy to take these opinions as criticism on your parenting skills. And it is easy to jump into defense mode. I need to work on being more confident on my parenting skills and not let others comments affect me.
Do you think social media makes it easy for people to criticize each other?
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