Healthy Kids + I Vaccinate

Sometimes I’ll just sit back and watch the boys run around, play together and just be crazy, happy boys, and I am amazed at how quickly they grow and change. I’ll also find myself thinking about how thankful I am to have healthy children. It’s definitely not something to take for granted and we feel very fortunate to have healthy boys to chase and keep us busy non-stop!

With summer here, it seems as if we are all pretty focused on our health. As you’ve seen, for me that is being on a good workout routine, trying to cut out sugar (as much as I can, except for ice cream) and getting on a good sleep schedule (finally!). We are also trying really hard to get the boys to be active when they are home by spending more time outside running and splashing, as well as trying to introduce some new fruits and vegetables into their meals. 

As part of being and staying healthy, I am partnering with I Vaccinate to talk about our boys and why we made the decision to vaccinate them. I Vaccinate provides information & tools based on real medical science and research to help Michigan parents protect their kids. I don’t talk a lot about controversial issues around here, and I don’t intend to make this conversation aggressive, or preachy either. What I do intend to do is talk about what was right for us and why we made the decisions we did. In working with I Vaccinate on this campaign, I was surprised to learn that only 54% of Michigan toddlers are up-to-date on their vaccines (one of the worst rates in the country). This initiative is actually a great resource for information about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, as well as how they protect the public. 

I would say that, in general, Clint and I are very analytical people, but when it comes to parenting and the decisions we make our children, a lot of that has also been based on instinct and feel. For example, we checked out Amazon ratings and such for car seats, monitors and all of that but, no matter what, bought what we felt was going to be a good fit for us. We like to all of the information that we can and then make our own decision either way.

I felt like, for us, that there wasn’t a conversation or decision on IF our boys would be vaccinated, but rather that was just how it was going to be and we knew that was the right thing to do for us. I’ve so often heard the benefits and risks, but we just felt that those benefits outweighed the risk for our boys and they are regularly vaccinated on the schedule recommended by their pediatrician – even though I absolutely hate watching the boys get shots (this is usually Clint’s job. I’m bad with needles!) because there are always tears!

I always feel like we’ve been informed and offered additional information at appointments, or had our questions answered by our doctors. So I’ve been comfortable with the decision we’ve made for the health of our boys. I would also say that part of our decision is that we also really like to control and manage the things we’re able to manage. And if we can do something to manage our kids’ risk of certain diseases, we wanted to be able to do that. 

I realize that people have very strong opinions about this particular issue and I think that’s okay. I just encourage you to do the research before making a decision and be open to discussion with the experts that surround you when it comes to your health and the health of your family.

I’ve partnered with I Vaccinate to share my story and this content is sponsored byI Vaccinate

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