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The value of discomfort

The value of discomfort

Increasingly, parents who don't want to get their children vaccinated against a broad range of dangerous diseases cite their children's comfort as a reason to skip the shots. This despite information from the American Academy of Pediatrics that the vaccines are safe, effective and powerful, and that they benefit the public at large.

The "comfort" excuse highlights a larger societal problem: We as parents are so reluctant to have our children experience a moment of distress or inconvenience that we are turning an entire generation into a bunch of hypersensitive, entitled brats who fall to pieces when they get a hangnail.

This would be a good time to remind ourselves...