I posted of facebook last night after my hubby and I got home from an outdoor flea market. We'd had a lovely day and the only downside was the large number of babies we saw that were unprotected from the sun. Both my husband and I, and our 1 year old son, for that matter, are very fair and have skin cancer in our families, leading us to be very protective of our son when we go out. We couldn't believe the number of parents that were risking that horrible cancer for their children.
What I posted was "We had a great time at the flea market, but were sorry to see all the kids without sunscreen or shade protection from the sun. Poor kids:( "
Several minutes after I posted this, one of my cousins, another young mom with a 1 year old, posted that sunscreen was the cause in the rise in skin cancer and she wasn't going to "rub chemicals" on her kid. After an exchange, where I told her my beliefs that tanning beds are to blame for the rise in cancer, she finally said basically that I was wrong to post negative comments about other people's parenting on a public network, and if I didn't want a response just to keep my mouth shut.
First of all, we use facebook as a private family network. Our security is set so no one can see us, and we are only friends with family and close friends ( and not even all of them). I have always felt like I can express my views on religion, politics, and parenting without being so rudely censured by my own cousin.
In the world of the internet there is no excuse for being so ignorant as to ignore the causes of skin cancer, and risk your child being struck with it. I am disgusted with my cousin for her stupidity, since it could actually cause a serious illness or the death of her baby, even if it is 20 years from now.
I am posting anon because my cousin is on Cafemom, and I've had enough drama for the week. Besides being tired out with a teething 1 year old, I am 7 months pregnant and going through a depression problem that makes even getting up in the morning difficult. Thanks for reading, moms. Any words of encouragement/ agreement would be greatly appreciated.
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