Originally Posted by mother nurture
Here's a question for your veggie mamas w/ little dcs...my dd is almost 2. She is veggie and hasn't ever shown interest in meat, until recently.
We went to visit family, who know we are veggie and will accomidate us, but will also serve meat. Dd kept asking for the meats. How do you deal w/ this if it arises??
I haven't posted here before but I wanted to jump in & share what our family has done. I went vegetarian on my oldest child's 2nd birthday. I decided that I couldn't teach compassion & respect for all life & then feed my dd a dead animal. So, I have been totally veggie for 12 yrs, & my kids are 14, nearly 8, & 4mos. old. DP & I float around amongst being vegetarian, vegan, and/or raw.
I've always explained simply, that "we love animals, we don't eat them". We like to pet them & watch them & share the Earth with them, not make them die so we can eat them. As my kids grew older then of course I could explain more thoroughly & describe how "meat" is raised & taken. Eventually my kids understood that meat isn't food, it's the muscles taken from a dead animals & it's not good for us to put in our bodies! They've never had any interest in trying it.
It is complicated when your munchkin asks why does our beloved grandma (or other family & friends) eat animals then? I've just had to answer that with things like "well, some people think it's Ok to eat animals, but I don't..." or, "some people just haven't learned yet how sad it is to eat animals..." Thankfully we have many veggie friends so my kids haven't felt *too* freakish (but there's plenty of OTHER reasons my kids might feel freaky in this family
Also, I purchased books & coloring books through PETA & other sources that describe why & how we should respect animals or be vegetarian, etc. There are some wonderful books out there for kids on this subject!
And back to the topic at hand.... you all have reminded me that I need to order some new cook books! I too love How it all Vegan & I want to order the other books made by those authors. I also rely heavily on The Compassionate Vegetarian cookbook. I peruse raw sites sometimes & have been meaning to make a raw strawberry pie, yum! My goal is to make it for breakfast.