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We have 2 girls are nearly vegan, they eat vegan home, vegan at school and childcare, vegan out but vegetarian at birthday parties. Mainly because of the cake. I was wondering is anyone else in the same situation? My daughter is happy with this, so I do not want to push it too much but my goal is to get them both vegan.
 

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Not there yet but I certainly anticipate having some semi-vegan kids. That's because we might adopt kids who will come from an omni background. We figure they'll transition by eating vegan at our home but they'll probably opt to eat nonvegan when they can, at least for a while until it sinks in. Depending on their age and experiences, they might never go vegan, but I'll be damned if any kid in my home refuses to eat vegan food. We will find some vegan foods they'll like!
 

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We have three kids in our house - the two boys that my husband and I have together, and his daughter. The boys are vegan all of the time (even at birthday parties), but my stepdaughter is omni at her mom's house (she lives with us week on/week off).
 

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We have three kids in our house - the two boys that my husband and I have together, and his daughter. The boys are vegan all of the time (even at birthday parties), but my stepdaughter is omni at her mom's house (she lives with us week on/week off).</div>
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Do you have any advice for birthday parties? My daughter is 5, and my youngest is 2.
 

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We used to have this issue until everyone became fully vegan. We use desserts from health food stores to supplement at parties, school, etc. My son has never had a complaint about it at all and he's a kindergartner.
 

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We used to have this issue until everyone became fully vegan. We use desserts from health food stores to supplement at parties, school, etc. My son has never had a complaint about it at all and he's a kindergartner.</div>
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I will talk to my oldest daughter later and explain my P.O.V without pushing her and see what she thinks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I do not want to make it a battle.
 

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I've been talking to my daughter about her becoming vegan, I'm going to try it with both girls and see how it goes. My girls love cheese but it doesn't like them. I've made a vegan cheese and I hope they like it. They love rice milk, soy yogurt (yuk lol) so hopefully the cheese goes down well.
 

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Do you have any advice for birthday parties? My daughter is 5, and my youngest is 2.</div>
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For birthday parties, I generally try to find out ahead of time what will be served, then send a vegan substitution. My kids are usually just so excited to get cake that they could care less what kind <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I have found that precedent-setting works well with my kids - pick a policy, stick with it, and nobody complains. For example, when we first went vegan, my stepdaughter complained vehemently. After she realized that things were staying that way, she stopped complaining and gave vegan foods a chance. Now tofu is one of her favorite foods, she gobbles up soygurt, and she drinks soymilk without complaint. It took a good six months. After that, she knew that on our weeks, she was vegan.<br><br>
Lucky for us, the boys know no difference. They are used to only vegan foods, and my 3 year-old is starting to understand that we don't eat things with animals in them. Surprisingly enough, he doesn't complain. I can find a vegan sub for pretty much any animal-containing thing he wants. I think it helps that both the husband and I have cooked professionally - we are pretty crafty in the kitchen.
 

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I will talk to my oldest daughter later and explain my P.O.V without pushing her and see what she thinks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I do not want to make it a battle.</div>
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I find it easier to use the compassion towards animals argument with kids. it seems to be more affecting.
 

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I find it easier to use the compassion towards animals argument with kids. it seems to be more affecting.</div>
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I completely agree. But my daughter always says 'I will pay the cows for the milk'<br><br>
when I explained to her, they have been killing the boy cows, she wasn't happy with that. Now she wants to pay the farmer not to kill them, kids are too cute.
 

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My wife and I always phone the parents and find out what is being served. Then I offer to bring veggie dogs if everyone else is having hot dogs. The host almost always offeres to get them though. As for the cake thing, one parent made the birthday cake vegan so that my daughter could have it.She looked up a recipe online. I thought that was very nice. For the other parties I usually send her with a vegan chocoalte cupcake from whole foods. She loves them and is perfectly happy eating it while the other kids eat cake. My daughter made the choice to become vegan at 5 after being vegetarian from age 2, she's 7 now.<br>
For us birthday problems are not the problem, it's when parents bring cupcakes for everyone in the class and my daughter watches everyone else eating them and doesn't get one. I try to find out the birthdays for everyone in the class but I'm not always on top of it. Also sometimes the parents bring cupcakes around the kid's b-day but not on the actual day..makes it difficult. I have a few chocolate bars in the teachers desk for my daughter but it isn't the same. I know she feels left out and it's only during these times that she really feels like veganism is a burden....not that she wants to stop being vegan she just really loves cupcakes and wishes those b-day cupcakes were vegan.
 
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