When my daughter was in grade school, she had a class that involved critical thinking. She was encouraged to think through problems. When controversies occur, we need this kind of skill.
As a parent I have tried set an example of working through the issues our family has faced. It is important to be educated, to do a little research and make decisions based on facts. And it is important to pray for wisdom.
There has been disagreement about the vaccine—among medical people, scientists, family and friends. It is experimental.
I like to be educated, finding as much information as possible. What are the risks/benefits of getting the covid vaccine? Is it different for particular age groups? What should a parent do?
Within our extended family the adults have made differing decisions. That is okay. We don’t have all the answers, we are still learning. It is time to respect each person’s decision regarding the way they choose to support their personal health.
Parents know their child’s health history best and should make the decision about their children.
It is human nature to think our opinion is the right one. In the Bible, the disciples had disagreements that they worked through. We can listen to people that disagree with us, respond with respect and gentleness. Ask questions. Pursue truth. Know when to let go. The Bible has good instruction for us.
[Remind them] to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast to what is good.
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-21
Linking this post with the Five Minute Friday writing community. Kate’s prompt today is: DISAGREE
Hi Carol, very well said. As our children become adults and parents themselves, they will often disagree with us. Love and respect are the keys to maintaining good relationships. Your FMF neighbor.
Some say yes and some say no
to the new vaccine;
some use it as excuse to go
and vent opinion-spleen.
Some will want a guarantee,
and some don’t really care,
and feel that promises will be
just some more hot air.
Some use vaccine as sharpened tool
to prove a point of view,
and find a way to ridicule
the reasoned thought that you
have learned and used from college class,
to take the jab, or let it pass.
We are always learning. Thanks for your thoughts…visiting from FMF today.
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