Originally Posted by mamajodi
"aren't you even going to give her a choice? She's a baby for crying out loud! You can't make her be a vegetarian!"
My FIL tried to make this lame argument, even though he intellectually "understands" why we are vegan. Everything we do as parents involves making choices for our children. (I was just writing about this in "P as P" to a woman who's husband keeps giving their 19 mo candy and says that she is tryiing to be controlling of their DD when she doesn't want him to.) When we make them wear shoes when walking outside, when we insist that they can't go places alone, when we lock the medecine cabinet so they don't accidntally take our prescription drugs: these are all choices we make for our chidlren, based on what we believe to be best for them and the world.
Some people don't lock their cabinets, others let their kids take drugs, others don't supervise them. They've made the decision to give their children a choice. But most of us don't see those as choices that are good for children to make. And when we believe that a vegetarian/vegan diet is best for our health, and best for the animals and people and environment, then we d*mn well have a right to make that choice for our children, at least when they are very young.
Most of us then decide when, on these different issues, to allow our children control. Some people allow their kids to go to school alone at age 8, some at 10, and some at 14. Some of us have sugar-free homes but allow our kids to buy their own sugar with their own money. And some of us have animal-free homes but allow our children to eat meat once they are old enough to make an informed decision.
This issue, like any other, comes down to us doing what we feel is best for our children. Some could argue that by not vaxing, people aren't giving their children the choice. Sure they are, they're just letting them make that choice once they are actually old enough to understand the issues involved.
And on this particular issue, we'll see that most kids, once they understand where meat comes from, how the animals are treated, etc. choose not to eat it. And while some may stray as teens, many come back to it as adults, once mature enough to realize that their parents were right!
That's my two cents for today. I've got to get dressed *yes, I'm still in my bathrobe - I've got to take advantage of the flexibility of not having kids while it lasts* and go see how foggy it is at the lighthouse because we want to do some birdwatching.