I often point out the flaws in news reports and studies. I also point out the positives along the way, including the better news articles or research, but I give more time here to sussing out faulty information as this issue has been neglected. Often, there's good information mixed in with the not quite accurate or right. For example, solid research gets overblown or misinterpreted in the news.
I support evidenced-based parenting and yes, that means science and experts too.
Just because I sometimes question experts, their work or their conclusions, I firmly believe in the role of experts and expertise. I respect and acknowledge the great wealth of scientific knowledge available. I have spent years contributing to it. To skeptics who suggest the experts know nothing of value, I beg to differ. Please note there are also plenty of opinions in the media today that don't necessarily represent expert knowledge. Naturally I question their information too.
The main challenge today has become disentangling the mass of information and misinformation - and identifying the better, more valuable, evidenced-based information.
If I question a food allergy statistic, rest assured, I still very much believe in food allergies and can provide a full list of my own upon request. When I question experts or public health authorities who conclude no amount of alcohol during any phase of pregnancy is safe, I am not endorsing rampant cocktails for every mom-to-be. Should I question a particular statistic, finding, policy or study on ADHD, autism, early puberty, bullying, screen time, alcohol during pregnancy or another issue, please note it is not because I do not believe ADHD, autism, early puberty, etc. exist or believe they're aren't serious issues.
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