You know what drives me mad? When a someone comes to a conclusion about a population based on a sample that is not large enough… aka Hasty Generalizations.
How many times have you heard the ever popular, “my mother drank through her pregnancy and I turned out just fine”.
Congratulations. Lucky you. Unfortunately, it is estimated that 9 out of every 1000 babies here in Canada are not so lucky and are born with FASD.
Most of the hasty generalizations I have heard lately are pregnancy and baby related.
“They didn’t have all those rules about what to eat when I was pregnant, and my babies were born healthy”
“My mom smoked while pregnant with me and I don’t have any health problems”
“All of these fancy new safety things that you moms have… there were no standards when I was raising my kids and nothing went wrong. You’re all paranoid, it’s unnecessary”.
“We never heard of peanut allergies when I was a kid, you brought what you wanted to school for lunch. Now that they’ve made a big deal about it in schools more kids are ending up with it”
“I got the flu after having the flu shot… it doesn’t work. You’re just pumping poison into your system for no reason”