My children are doing persuasive speeches this week. One is doing the speech on why we SHOULD vaccinate our children. In an interesting twist, the other is doing the speech on why we SHOULD NOT vaccinate. I encouraged them to do this for a few reasons. The first and foremost is because of the great debate I see going on in social media. Actually, I would call it less of a debate and more of a mud slinging, hate fest. It is so sad and discouraging to see people trying to slay others in a social forum. I have mostly stayed out of the conversation. While I have an opinion, it has been drastically shaped by my experience in that arena. However, I don’t want people to know me for that opinion. I don’t want them to identify me by my opinion on our choice of education or the food we feed our family or breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, or any of the other hundreds of decisions we each make and stand behind. I research topics and choose what I think is best for my family and our unique situation. I trust that other families do the same.