Your Thoughts Thursday: Vegan Children
Back in June, we discussed raising vegan children. I’ve had quite a few people raise the discussion topic since that post, so I thought it would be a great time to revisit it. Maybe last time you weren’t confident enough in your response to share it, perhaps your opinion has changed, or possibly you weren’t even a reader yet, but it’s interesting ground for a discussion, so share your thoughts now!
When it comes to children, new parents quickly realize it’s more than just bringing a new family member into their lives. There are so many decisions to be made- schools of thought on how do everything from diapering to sleeping, schooling to diet, and everything in between. Some tirelessly research every possible option, while others just wing it or go with what comes naturally. No matter what decision any parent makes, there seems to be someone (or many someones) who think it’s the wrong one. One thought provoking question I’ve seen brought up countless times among vegans and nonvegans alike is, why do so many vegans choose not to raise their children vegan? Sure, kids are going to develop a will of their own, but for a few years, parents are in charge of what goes on their plates, into their bodies, and into their minds. So my question is, Will you raise your children vegan?
- If you have children, do you maintain your vegan diet with them or do you feed them a more “mainstream” diet?
- Why did you make the decision you did?
- Do you think it’s important to let children participate in social events revolving around food- pizza parties, ice cream socials, birthday cake?
- Do relatives and friends have concerns about how you choose to feed your children?