"They're the professionals" is what my 16 year old son has said a couple of times within the last 7 - 10 days. Both my mother and I have challenged that in the way that we want him to take into consideration everyone who studies something and accomplishes some letters behind their names is technically, "a professional" in their industry. BUT you have to be able to see the wizard behind the screen.
Their conversation was about the FDA and when my mom said something wasn't good for you, he said, but they are the professionals. My mother pointed out to him that they have to recall drugs and other items, so even professionals make mistakes and sometimes you have to do the research yourself. He was receptive, or so I thought.
Just today we were watching something and I commented that the colors selected for the bedroom were not appropriate, not conducive for good sleeping. Again, he said, "they're the professionals". I again, explained to him that all professionals are not created equal. True, the room decor was attractive, but the colors were bright & vibrant and anyone who studies colors and they're affect on the brain, psyche and relaxation. He said, "oh".
I think it is important to make sure children understand that input and opinions are just that, and that professionals can read the same materials but end up with different opinions on the same subject and details. It happens all of the time in politics and they are all professionals.
Windy City Diva