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#1 Old 05-12-2010, 05:36 AM
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My son is almost 12 years old, and his favorite food is cheeseburgers. I've been vegetarian for about a year and have always been really honest with my kids about the reasons why. He's seen Meet Your Meat and last weekend watched Food, Inc. Monday he announced that he was planning to only eat vegetarian food next weekend as an experiment. I was worried because he will be at his dad's house, but his dad called yesterday and they planned a menu for the weekend. When his dad asked him what he wanted to eat, he said, "Well, probably no ribs or steaks!"



I'm really proud of him and will continue to encourage him while letting him come to his own conclusions. Hopefully he will influence his little sister!

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#2 Old 05-12-2010, 05:59 AM
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Very good! A little bit at a time. It's good to see that you're letting them decide exactly what they want to eat as far as going vegetarian and what-not.
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Awesome! My little sister was 12 years old when she discovered (on her own) that she didn't want to eat animals. A very good age to start!
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#4 Old 05-12-2010, 12:49 PM
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That's awesome. =D
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It didn't all come together for me until I was 35, so I'm excited that he is considering it. I've never eaten much meat at all because it really was just gross to me. I was probably a flexivore before it was a thing. I no longer prepare meat in my house at all. If MrSchu and the kiddos want it, they know it is up to them, so we really are all eating meat-free very frequently.

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Good for him. I think children sometimes tend to be more peaceful than adults, esp. to nonhuman animals, depending on their upbringing.
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Good for him. I think children sometimes tend to be more peaceful than adults, esp. to nonhuman animals, depending on their upbringing.







Thia is really one of the core values that I have tried to instill in them. He went with his dad tonight for "Pizza Night". His dad told Bubba that he would get him Veggie Pizza.

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Aww! That's awesome!

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#10 Old 05-13-2010, 10:13 AM
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WOW great support from dad as well! I know that when i wanted to convert (way to go he sounds like a smart wonderful kids BTW) that my dad scared me to pieces and him and his wife wouldn't help me, also scared me off asking my mom.... Love my dad to pieces and ironically he and i talked about veg*nism for like 2 hours the other night

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I have two really amazing kids. I can't say enough good things about them. They are so smart and empathic and really have a desire to make the world a little bit better.

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Update on my littlee dude:



It's been almost 2 weeks and he hasn't had a bite of meat. I continue to give lots of positive reinforcement and offer him input into the planning of the meal for him and me vs. for MrSchu and MissSchu. He even opted for a Boca Burger rather than the real thing the other night.

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Awww.. that's heartwarming. Congratulations on raising a wonderful young man. Please let him know how proud we are.
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That's awesome!
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Good for him. I think children sometimes tend to be more peaceful than adults, esp. to nonhuman animals, depending on their upbringing.



Definitely. I read a great quote somewhere about putting a baby, a rabbit and an apple in the same cot together, how the baby would play with the rabbit and eat the apple [this baby must have teeth already...] but never vice versa. [It was far wittier than I'm describing, haha]. But it's true. Babies don't instinctively kill. =/
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That's wonderful, really great! It must make you feel sooo good that he made that decision for himself.



My son has never eaten meat, although his father and other relatives have tried time again, and he's 2 in 3 days. Having vegetarian kids makes everything so much easier.
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My 11 year old daughter has just announced that she wants to try a vegetarian week because it doesn't make sense to love our animals and eat others. It seems that this really is a good age to start!! Unfortunately, my hubby is a hardcore meat eater but I learned a long time ago that we can only be responsible for ourselves and can't make judgement calls for other people.



Now, what to do for dinner............

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Encourage your husband to prepare his own meat. I used to have my kids help prepare, but now my son doesn't want to do that. My hubby has friendlied up to his grill.

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Wonderful to hear this.
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I became vegetarian (or so I thought... I just stopped eating meat... didn't know about gelatin etc. til a few months before I became vegan ) at the age of 11 and now am 13, full-on vegan and haven't slipped up at all! It's good to hear about other young people going veg.

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Definitely. I read a great quote somewhere about putting a baby, a rabbit and an apple in the same cot together, how the baby would play with the rabbit and eat the apple [this baby must have teeth already...] but never vice versa. [It was far wittier than I'm describing, haha]. But it's true. Babies don't instinctively kill. =/

"You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I will buy you a new car." - Harvey Diamond
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You show me a person who sticks a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit and I'll show you an idiot.
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Update on my littlee dude:
It's been almost 2 weeks and he hasn't had a bite of meat. I continue to give lots of positive reinforcement and offer him input into the planning of the meal for him and me vs. for MrSchu and MissSchu. He even opted for a Boca Burger rather than the real thing the other night.

its been 5months. is your son still not eating meat?
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Awesome! My little sister was 12 years old when she discovered (on her own) that she didn't want to eat animals. A very good age to start!

I became a vegetarian (on my own; none of my family were veg, though my brother went veg around the same time without me knowing) at 12 too
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5 months and still vegetarian! I'm so proud of him for sticking with it. Life is getting easier in our divided household.

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5 months and still vegetarian! I'm so proud of him for sticking with it. Life is getting easier in our divided household.

Wonderful!!

I bet you are so proud..
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#27 Old 10-24-2010, 11:54 AM
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Wow, I am so impressed! It is always wonderful when I see kids going vegetarian at such a young age, it took me until my 20's before I realized what I was doing. The great thin is that your kids are morelikely to go through with it because they have a parent who can help them with the meals and is supportive
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Bravo for your son! That's so great!
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I believe the quote you are looking for is this: "You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit if he eats the rabbit and plays with the apple I'll buy you a new car."
It's a quote by Harvey Diamond.


Definitely. I read a great quote somewhere about putting a baby, a rabbit and an apple in the same cot together, how the baby would play with the rabbit and eat the apple [this baby must have teeth already...] but never vice versa. [It was far wittier than I'm describing, haha]. But it's true. Babies don't instinctively kill. =/
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wow thats awesome 

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