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I am struggling with this as my DC have discovered meat (and eat it on occasion) and I have been veggie since 1995. I always thought we would be a veggie family.<br><br>
should I just not let them have it at all? they are 2yo and 3yo.<br><br>
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I don't think mine will (unless a long, complicated scenario occurs that I agreed to with DF). I figure once they reach high school, then they are free to make choices about that sort of thing, but I won't pay for it/cook it/serve it at my dinner table.<br><br>
My mom and I got in an argument about it once... She said that it was unfair of me to impose my morals upon my children. I think that teaching children your values is exactly what a parent should be doing, and since being cruel to animals is something that I find morally repulsive, they won't be participating in that.
 

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I have 3 boys; 5, 11 and 14 and only the 14 year old eats any meat. My 5 year old is in my care 100% of the time and eats a few meat analogs; veggie dogs, Chik nuggets that sort of thing.<br><br>
Meat is unhealthy for so many reasons. I never feed my children meat and I push fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains etc. They are building their bodies and deserve the best stuff to build them from. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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do they know what meat is and how it comes about?<br><br>
We have been very honest w/ my ds since he was able to communicate (he's a bit over 4 now). He knows that the animals people eat are usually vegetarian themselves. That they suffer a lot of fear and pain in order to be killed so people can cut them up and eat them.<br><br>
He understands it more now then before, obviously. And we keep an open dialogue about things like that.<br><br>
I doubt he'll ever eat meat. He's a well informed little activist already.<br><br>
But, if he wanted to eat it... knowing what he knows... he could try it at a relatives house.<br><br>
Are your children informed?
 

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do you think meat analogs are really healthier than meat? (not being snarky just wondering as so many are loaded with sooo much sodium, additives,etc!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have 3 boys; 5, 11 and 14 and only the 14 year old eats any meat. My 5 year old is in my care 100% of the time and eats a few meat analogs; veggie dogs, Chik nuggets that sort of thing.<br><br>
Meat is unhealthy for so many reasons. I never feed my children meat and I push fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains etc. They are building their bodies and deserve the best stuff to build them from. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">do you think meat analogs are really healthier than meat? (not being snarky just wondering as so many are loaded with sooo much sodium, additives,etc!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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imo... the analogs are "better" because... well... no one has to die!
 

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This summer with our family (cousins, gp, etc..) We went out on a lobster boat, haulled nets and then had opportunity to try a tiny bit of lobster while on vacation. Our dd, age 12 tried it BUT her brothers talked for days about how they would try it- but when it came down to it neither boy could follow thru and eat it...<br>
She says she will eat shellfish when she is older- or now (she has not had any besides that once...)but not in my house, but only shellfish- the thought of 'other meat' still turns her off . The boys have no desire at this point..<br><br>
I truely was soo surprised that she wanted to eat it at all- we are a vegan family and she had been since conception. Comes a time when they will have a mind of their own and we won't always agree with their choices. I guess it is up to each family as to when then time of maturity of choices is to begin..sooo many choices with growing up!!
 

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My Dd is a vegetarian and my son eats meat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My son eats meat. Although he would much rather have a fake meat product. Go figure. I always dreamed of raising a veggie kid. But I was still eating meat when he was tiny. He had so many food allergies that for a while meat andrice were the only things he could eat. So he ate meat. Now he has days where he says he's veggie like mama and other days where he eats meat like dada.<br><br>
Actually he lives on mac and cheese more than anything else.<br><br>
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my s-kids eat meat because they've been raised on it. Also, they live in two different homes, so meat is available to them both places. Neither is huge on veggies, so I try to provide lots of options and we don't force food on them. They usually get options of lots of different veggies, fruits, grains, and protein (whether it's beans, eggs, or meat).<br><br>
My future kids will be allowed to eat meat when they're old enough to choose what they eat, but I won't let anyone else give it to them when they're too young to choose their own foods.
 

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my children are vegetarians. when i was married, we made the agreement that they would be raised such before they were ever born.<br><br>
when they are old enough to make up their own minds...well, then they will if they choose, just not in MY house. it's not allowed here.<br><br>
i'm thinking my 11-year-old will remain vegetarian...she's already into animal rights. was almost kicked out of school for explaining how animals were slaughtered, lol. my 9-year-old isn't so sensitive towards others...we'll see. the baby, well...too soon to tell.
 

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My DS 1 eats meat, my DS 2 occassionally eats chicken nuggets but by and large is a vegetarian.
 

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I am a vegetarian of 22 yrs, vegan of 19 yrs. My dh is omni, but both of our dds are veg. They eat a small amount of dairy at parties and things like that. They have never had any meat or other animal products -- gelatin, etc. They're 9 and almost 7 now.
 

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Well, we are all veggies here - even dh. I won't serve meat in my house, but I guess when they are older I can't stop them. I can't imagine my two eating it though because they know where it comes from and right now are very strong in their beliefs that animals are their friends, not food.
 

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i am newly vegetarian, by my youngest daughters choice. I never cared for meat much, and didnt eat it much. My youngest hates everything about meat, LOVES beans....especially hummus. My oldest only likes fish. I cant stand making meat for hubby since hes the only one eating it, but he even has come a long way eating non meat foods.
 

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My 13 yr old is a lacto-ovo veg, but will not eat any meat. My dh & the others are are all vegetarian except at home, when we can get local pastured, organic meat. We eat locally, so unless we can get organic pasture meat (which is about 1/4 of the time), we do not eat any meat at all.<br><br>
Tonight was whole wheat pasta with our garden zuke, onions, scallions, tomatoes, lettuce & cucumbers. We also had our own lightly steamed green beans with salt & pepper.
 

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We're all vegetarian here! My kids seem to think that meat is disgusting...none have ever asked to try it. I've wondered if they will choose that for the rest of their lives...who knows!? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The question would be, when are they old enough to make their own choices? I'mk a vegan, and I'm raising my son vegan. When he began asking about other people eating meat, I always answer that each one makes their own choices. So he says he'll choose what to eat when he grows up, which always makes me wonder when would that be. i guess what love2all said,<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I guess it is up to each family as to when then time of maturity of choices is to begin..</div>
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is the basic idea, but that could be at 4 or at 15, depending on what each kid decides, or do you all put some sort of age limit?<br><br><b>rainbowmoon</b> I hope I'm not going far from the OT. When your ds ate meat, was it his decision, like he wanted to try it and stated so? Im very interested in this subject. DS1 is also 4.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The question would be, when are they old enough to make their own choices? I'mk a vegan, and I'm raising my son vegan. When he began asking about other people eating meat, I always answer that each one makes their own choices. So he says he'll choose what to eat when he grows up, which always makes me wonder when would that be. i guess what love2all said, \.</div>
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imo... he can make his own decision to eat meat if:<br><br>
1. he buys it himself. with his own $<br>
2. he cooks it at HIS house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
3. He can look me in the eye and say "I want THIS animal to suffer and die so I can eat it"
 
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