I'm wondering if anyone out there has advice or a story of their own that relates to this.
My partner and I plan to raise our son vegan and his parents don't agree with our decision. They are extremely close-minded and refuse to believe that we know what we're doing, despite all the research we've done. I hope they will come around once they see that a vegan child is just as healthy as a child raised in a traditional household. I worry that if they don't start to accept and respect our choices that it will create a rift. My partner and I realize that not everyone is going to understand the commitment to veganism, which is why we feel it's important that our family doesn't criticize our lifestyle, especially in front of our child. We want our son to trust family so that when other people respond negatively to the vegan aspect, he can always turn to his family for reassurance. It's hard for me to know how to deal with my partner's parents because I've never had that issue within my own family. I made the choice to become a vegetarian when I was 8 and then last year I became vegan and while they don't always understand, they still respect my choice. I know that even though they eat meat and dairy, my family will never speak negatively about our lifestyle in front of our son. My partner's parents are so difficult that they won't even try the food we make, simply because it's vegan and therefore "must taste weird". They always speak negatively about not eating meat, as if we're doing something wrong, even though they haven't researched it. If that sort of attitude towards our lifestyle continues, I'm not going to be comfortable having my son around them for fear that they will express disdain in front of him.
Any advice or similar stories out there?