She had to have known she was throwing herself into a world of controversy when she made her initial comments, and now Kristin Cavallari is speaking out about being anti-vaccines. What she has to say is definitely worth listening to.
During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, she was asked about her decision not to vaccinate her son, Camden -- and host Andy Cohen wasn't about to let her off the hook easy. He said, "Kat George wants to know, 'How can you knowingly support the spread of potentially deadly diseases by not vaccinating your children?'"
(Dude. Way to call her out like nobody's business.)
And her reply was surprisingly calm and honest:
Here's the thing: At the end of the day, I'm just a mom. I'm trying to make the best decision for my kid. There are very scary statistics out there regarding what is in vaccines and what they cause -- asthma, allergies, ear infections, all kinds of things. And we feel like we're making the best decision for our kids.
I won't lie. When I initially heard that Kristin refuses to vaccinate her kids, I immediately thought of all the harm she is potentially exposing them to by choosing to go that route.
But this comment really struck me: "I'm just a mom. I'm trying to make the best decision for my kid."
Isn't that exactly what the rest of us are doing, whether we have them vaccinated or not? We're doing what we believe is best -- even if others don't necessarily agree with our choice.
Here's the thing -- I can't for one second imagine not vaccinating my child. To me, it's scary, irresponsible, and the positive benefits outweigh any sort of alleged risks. But do I think Kristin is a bad mother for taking an anti-vax stance? No. No, I don't.
I have people close to me in my life who are also very leery of vaccines; thus, they too have adopted a strict anti-vax policy. And while I don't agree with them (not even a little bit), I'm not about to attack them for their choice -- because they truly believe in their hearts that it is what's best for their children. And in turn, I believe having my son vaccinated is best for him.
People can disagree with Kristin all they want -- but it's wrong for her to receive such harsh criticism for a decision she made about her kids.
If we all spent more time worrying about our own families instead of obsessing over everyone else's, we'd all be a lot happier and better off.
Do you think Kristin is a bad mother for not vaccinating her children?
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