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#1 of 6 Old 01-26-2010, 09:01 AM - Thread Starter
 
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i am just wondering if this is typical of vege kids or if i need to work through some things with my 4 yr old.
when she is play cooking in her kitchen she usually makes some meat dishes and pretends that she eats meat. she'll say, 'are you a vegetarian? i'm not'. or 'pretend you aren't a vegetarian okay' - this is all in character though, she knows its a game.
but in REAL life she'll say meat is gross and stinky and has never really shown an interest in eating meat, even though her dad does.
what do you think??
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I was raised veggie and I would do exactly that. I think it's normal.

FWIW my siblings and I would also pretend to "cook" our barbies in meat dishes at one point I have no idea where that came from, and our parents were disturbed but we turned out fairly normal in the end. Kids are just weird!

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My dd is 3.5 and does this too - dh eats meat and she understands that not everyone is vegetarian, so I think it's just a way of exploring that.
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We are not omni and I did need to explain to one of my children that omnis do not eat everything. I introduced the term because she had taken to calling people meats and vegetables. As in, "I am a vegetable but Grandma is a meat."

It was so wrong in so many ways.

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My kids have food intolerances and don't eat gluten or dairy, but they'll often pretend to eat both. I think it's part of exploring the differences between them and other people.
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ok, thanks. i guess she is exploring and working it all out for herself.
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