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#1 Old 11-06-2016, 09:55 AM
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I don't really know how I've lasted this long but I've been veggie for 11 months now and tonight my family are sitting down to eat a lamb dinner that I have made for them but I haven't made anything for myself.

I have two children aged 6 and 4 and they can be very fussy. I'm studying part time and have an exam next Saturday so I've spent the day in our studying working away. I've got up to make them a dinner but didn't think about myself. This happens a lot. Or I just end up making pasta for all.

My husband thinks I shouldn't be making separate meals and the kids should just eat the veggie meals I make but I know that they won't.

I find meal planning for weekends really hard. During the week the kids eat with other kids I have in my house (I'm a childminder) then I either cook for myself and my husband who'll eat whatever or just myself if he is away. Then come weekends I just get stuck for ideas and generally find myself making two meals. But I haven't got round to it this weekend. I told my husband that I'd happily have soup or egg on toast but he thinks I should eat like that in front of the kids. So they are all sitting downstairs eating without me.

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#2 Old 11-06-2016, 10:24 AM
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Your husband is 100% correct!
This is about way more than them having control over foods! You're really teaching them to disrespect your authority.

I don't know what your reasons are for being veg'n, or how long you've been, but there are tons of family friendly recipes of all sorts.

At 4 and 6 they need to eat what's served or given an option like peanut butter and jelly- but not a selection

there are many books that address raising veg'n kids, and we have a forum in the family and relationships section which can help-
https://www.veggieboards.com/forum/31...rian-children/

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I don't know much about raising children, but if you're eating veg for ethical reasons and are afraid your children won't like the food, then I'd suggest you get them faux meats. There are three that I consider to be the best of the bunch, meaning they taste almost exactly like meat. One is the Beyond Burger, by Beyond Meat, which is hard to get right now because it's currently being rolled out across the country. The other two are easier to get: Gardein Meatless Meatballs, and Quorn Vegan Chik'n Tenders. They're vegetarian (in fact they're vegan), so they satisfy ethical concerns, and they taste like meat, so your children will probably like them.
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#4 Old 11-06-2016, 02:05 PM
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Yes.

Also, children will not starve themselves to death. If you present food to them and they don't eat it, let it go without comment. Lather, rinse, repeat. The vast majority of children will eat something after it's presented several times.

Another thing to try: Get the kids involved in meal prep. They will be more likely to want to try things they've helped cook.
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Yes.

Also, children will not starve themselves to death. If you present food to them and they don't eat it, let it go without comment. Lather, rinse, repeat. The vast majority of children will eat something after it's presented several times.

Another thing to try: Get the kids involved in meal prep. They will be more likely to want to try things they've helped cook.
All advises above are great and I also agree with Avril. Involving the kids in the meal prep can help.
A friend told me that you need to present a new food 12 times to kids so they can accept it - I was actually asking help with my boyfriend but seems it works just the same!

Can I also add: don't forget about yourself, I know moms tend to put everyone before themselves but it's so wrong and it's really a shame. Ask for help if you need, don't do all alone


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I'll agree in statement that Your husband is 100% correct! (
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I spent my childhood mainly eating chocolate bars, and drinking coca cola and some how grew into a 6´2 reasonably athletic man (some how)... Planning separate meals can be a nightmare, my advice would just be to keep it simple.
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