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#1 Old 04-12-2014, 06:13 AM
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Hi there!  I am newly vegan and I am wondering what is the best way to try to get your family members on board as well.  I have a husband, who is omni, and two kids...age 7 and 10.  My kids are pretty sensitive and thoughtful...but they have thus far been raised as omnivores.  How does one go about trying to educate young children about animal cruelty in animal agriculture?  Do you show your kids videos from factory farms?  Or is that really inappropriate for them?  I want to educate them...but I don't want to traumatize them.

 

Would love any advice you guys can give!

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#2 Old 04-12-2014, 08:10 AM
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I would just cook delicious vegan food at first and say that you've given up eating animals because they are alive like us but that most people still eat them.

Pack them veggie school lunches that are cool and have treats (bento boxes are great).
You could take them to a farm animal rescue if there's one near you. I would not show factory farm videos yet. If they get too freaked out at a young age, I would worry. If they lecture their friends at school, there's a bullying risk, and I'd be concerned about eating disorders beginning at those ages if they start to fear eating or get grossed out or obsessed with food.

Make it fun, find some fun easy recipes that they can help prepare.
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Kids will eat whatever their family is eating so the only problem you'll have is if your husband isn't on board. Though they may complain a bit at first because you're changing their dietary habits.
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Where do you get containers to make Bento boxes?
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Kids will eat whatever their family is eating so the only problem you'll have is if your husband isn't on board. Though they may complain a bit at first because you're changing their dietary habits.

O.O not in my house when I was little.

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O.O not in my house when I was little.
What do you mean? Kids will pick up on the eating habits of the people around them but in modern culture there are some external influences (TV, etc) that may have to be managed.
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What do you mean? Kids will pick up on the eating habits of the people around them but in modern culture there are some external influences (TV, etc) that may have to be managed.

I never "just ate" what my dad was eating. We made foods decisions together, I had equal day on what we bought. If we wanted something vastly different we ate separate things, and made our own meals. The types of food we liked were very different as well.

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How about making the transition. Kid fun like veggies and dip smiley.gif
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I never "just ate" what my dad was eating. We made foods decisions together, I had equal day on what we bought. If we wanted something vastly different we ate separate things, and made our own meals. The types of food we liked were very different as well.
Yes but you learned about foods from your culture and your dad was letting you, for whatever reason, deviate from his food traditions and that deviation became your families food tradition. Admittedly, as I mentioned, in American culture parents have to contend with outside influence from the food industry but the degree to which children are exposed to this depends on other parental choices so overall the parents are in a very strong position to control their kids eating habits. So, I think, the biggest challenge the OP would have is her husband not being on-board with the program. That is particularly true if any of the kids are male.

Personally I think allowing kids have a say about their diet is a rather peculiar, they don't understand the long-term consequences of poor dietary habits and will gravitate towards highly addictive foods (i.e., junk foods) due to their underlying psychology.
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Where do you get containers to make Bento boxes?
Amazon has a selection, like these
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00B78WO3U/ref=mw_dp_mdsc?dsc=1&qid=1397334445&sr=8-1
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There's so many different kinds, stainless steel (more $ but nice), I have even gotten a small plastic one at the Dollar Store for a buck. I look for dishwasher/microwave safe because I'm lazy. grin.gif

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00B59PVT0/ref=mw_dp_mdsc?dsc=1&qid=1397334780&sr=8-12

I have bought bento stuff from this site (warning: bento stuff is cute and addicting grin.gif, plus I bring a bento to work most days). They have really cute kids' bento stuff. http://www.jbox.com/product/FK1148
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smiley.gif As you can see I like the bento idea, and they hold a lot more food than it may appear by their size. smiley.gif
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Yes but you learned about foods from your culture and your dad was letting you, for whatever reason, deviate from his food traditions and that deviation became your families food tradition. Admittedly, as I mentioned, in American culture parents have to contend with outside influence from the food industry but the degree to which children are exposed to this depends on other parental choices so overall the parents are in a very strong position to control their kids eating habits. So, I think, the biggest challenge the OP would have is her husband not being on-board with the program. That is particularly true if any of the kids are male.

Personally I think allowing kids have a say about their diet is a rather peculiar, they don't understand the long-term consequences of poor dietary habits and will gravitate towards highly addictive foods (i.e., junk foods) due to their underlying psychology.

Your habit of over simplifying is amazing, and you don't give children enough credit.

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Your habit of over simplifying is amazing, and you don't give children enough credit.
What have I oversimplified? All I've suggested is that children learn about their food culture primarily from their parents and secondly from their greater community which in the US includes mass media. So, as such, the biggest source of problems is likely to be a husband that isn't on-board.

What should I credit to children that I haven't? Children are intellectual underdeveloped and need a lot of guidance.
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yeah Its true, back           when I first  went veg, my daughter did too, shes seven she had not trouble transitioning she even goes and helps me pick out the food for the week some times.now im slowly working her towards vegan.

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