on kidssince my DH is a vegetarian and 90% vegan at home and lactose intolerant so plain milk isn't an option AND has eczema (and I have a minor case of that one, too) (we're talking probably allergic babies here ) I don't have the concern of ever having meat in the house, nor milk as a drink. however, while I am strongly considering raising our children vegan DH has commented on not wanting "vegan" kids before. since he eats vegetarian cheeses and sweets whenever MIL or my parents bring them he's hardly in a position to describe himself as vegan (though weirdly he never buys any just for himself or when we're alone. am I that scary? ). but my plan so far looks like this:
only veganism at home
when eating out giving the veggie options to older kids but stating that it's not vegan
basically not getting mad if they eat something unvegan out of the house, but not buying cheeses, milk etc.
not introducing any of it for a long long time anyway due to potential allergies
DH has not read any of the texts and books about veganism and children so I'm not gonna discuss anything before he has done so. I want an informed conversation, that isn't going to happen unless we're actually pregnant so I have some time. but I've been reading a lot already. basically I'd like my kids to be informed and know why we're vegan but also be patient and understanding should they choose to eat other foods while not at home. I'd hate to be a strict and forbidding mother since I remember friends from school who were never allowed to do anything and the relationship seemed unhealthy to me.
ok, long, sorry it's a subject close to my heart
snow pea, due to the move I have not done any acupressure etc either and not had many teas. I also temped at different times, so my chart is rocky. I think it's smart to focus on overall health. I plan on going swimming on Thursday, somebody please remind me
my friend who has a child has already asked me whether I planned on staying vegan while pregnant. I told her I would but that I'd also carefully plan my diet. so far so good...
vegancupcake, yeah on the relatives. my parents and MIL will strongly oppose our decision, and while I can't really see them sneaking meat in they will surely be vocal about their opinions. that might be an issue with an older child? I also agree on the "forbidden fruit". since I struggle with sweets and guilt I hope to not pass that on. it's just not healthy.
veganf, OMG, grilled cheese? you're killing me!