I can get serious with a 5 year old, this is true. Even with the bambina, I’m not a baby-talking high pitched voicing person coercing my baby to smile. I’m not so much the helicopter parent my husband is. I try my hardest to be vegetarian. Some days it’s great, some days I have sushi, and others I’m vegan. With both of our family histories filled with overweight, diabetic, heart-attacking, cancerous relatives, we try harder some days and less others. So we went halfsies on our kids, who are halfsies of us. So they consume dairy, eggs, fish, and poultry but never pork or beef meats or products (except that one time Sillyboy forgot to ask about some rice and porky beans at school, and now he knows better). It lets us think about our food. Just like making a decision between a brownie or a lemon bar, it might just be a preference.
I provide this little disclaimer/info note on our family because I was surprised that the Today Show had a quick segment on vegan kids. They featured a new children’s book being released this month called Vegan is Love. They also criticize Alicia Silverstone and Mayim Bialik about their parenting habits near the end to shock parents. I’m surprised that the segment keeps mentioning how controversial the entire idea is but the article below it says it’s all good as long as you stay smart. Watch and read here:
I have so many questions! What do “regular” meat-eating families tell their children about where the food comes from? I know several people who grew up on Midwest farms and learned at a young age where all their food came from. Nothing about hatching, raising, butchering, cooking, or eating farm animals shocked them (except maybe the pig castrating example back in 4H). Sillyboy understands that we raise animals to eat them, just like we grow vegetables. I’m not sure how the Vegan is Love book would create malnourished children. Are parents hiding the fact that hamburgers come from cows? Parents should be there to provide information, guidance, and answers to kids about what they eat and how they grow. Not everybody should or can be vegetarian or try veganism, but any education beyond McDonald’s and pink slime could help everyone eat healthier, or at least I believe it. Why should something you eat everyday scare you?