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I have a word of advice for those that have suffered criticism for raising their kids veg*an.
Find a good nutritionist or other diet specialist, one that is knowledgeable and positive about veg diets. If you can't afford to consult with one (some do offer free or low cost services, check your local supermarkets too ,some chains have them on staff) then there are various vegetarian groups where you can find knowledgeable people.
Tell that person your child/children's diet, make sure you aren't missing anything (since diets for kids aren't always the same as for adults) then once the nutritionist is satisfied that your child(ren)'s nutrition is good then have them write a letter saying so to give to whoever. And/Or you can also write something like:
I appreciate your concern for my child(ren)'s health and well-being. (since most people do think they're doing the right thing, since that's how they were raised)
The choice to raise my child veg*an is not one I took likely and I have done research and consulted with (insert name of professional here) who is a (nutritionist etc) and done independent research on the subject in order to provide my child with what (s)he needs.
If you want to learn more about veg*an diets there are many resources here : (list websites, books etc) and if you have any questions you can direct them to (vegetarian specialist, you ought to check that it's okay with the person first).

I did this quite successfully and it got various relatives, friends of the family and acquaintances off my back who were worried and shuts people up in conversations when they start to get the 'AH no you're starving him' face.
I also point to my son's lovely health and growth.
This is only my situation and it may not work for everyone, but it's generally good to be able to back up what you say with a professional opinion. People will take it more seriously.
 

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Or just tell them that it's none of their damn business.
 

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Or just tell them that it's none of their damn business.
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If you go through all that effort to prove to people that your kids get the right nutrition it generally makes you come off as holier-than-thou and snobby. You know your kids are getting enough of the right stuff, so why bother with the idiots that probably won't even believe you after giving them that letter?
 

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I wear a special jacket with sharp spikes on the backside. So when people start going on about how my hypothetical kids aren't eating properly blah blah and jump on my back out of habit and without looking, they suddenly scream in pain and will never do that again.
 

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See I get where you guys are coming from, and if someone's just being nosy I do tell them to back off. But if it's someone who genuinely feels like they are helping and honestly thinks they're doing the right thing then being unpleasant to them or just dismissing them just gives them the impression that veg*ans are the ones who are wrong by rejecting their 'advice'. Being positive, informative and helpful is going to get better results than being standoffish.
 

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If people ask questions or make comments that I can't answer myself, I give them a pamphlet about vegan nutrition.
But a simple, "His growth rate is right on target and our pediatrician says our son is just fine" usually works.
I do, however, recommend that vegan parents read everything they can about vegan nutrition.
 

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My parents have raised six sons and one daughter as vegetarians. They have survived with four children the famine during the 2nd World War as vegetarians. I don't think they have ever lost a discussion about nutrition for children or vegetarianism.
 

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Or just tell them that it's none of their damn business.
This ^. I would never explain myself to anyone. If I did, it would be to tell them that at least my kid isn't a fatso from eating McD's every meal.

BTW, I wouldn't really say this, but I would think it. When people are being ignorant, I smile and nod. People usually shut up when they get no response.
 

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I always explain that my children are strict vegetarians because I am raising them to be trees when they grow up. No college costs, they will provide endless resources and with good luck will live a couple of a hundred years.
 

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When we have children, my husband and I decided they will eat what we will be eating and if I am eating a vegetarian diet the children will. I will say we are raising them Vegetarians and we love all the animals and life and we don't support certain things that will harm the animals. I will also give out pamplets and booklets and info to the person asking and also copy of the reports from our family doctors. I am also going to locate a special dieticion that specializes in Vegetarian and Vegan diets.
 
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