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Do you allow your children to eat meat at relatives houses, restraurants, etc.? If not, how do you handle those awkward situations? Me and my husband used to not be very strict about the kids eating meat outside the house, but we watched a horrific video (we are so glad Nightline aired it cause people need to know!) that made us decide to really crack down on all meat consumption outside the house as well. I don't think we will have too much of a problem with our 3 yr old. I am more worried about our 9 yr old who is gung-ho on meat. Should we resort to being graphic about the horrors of what goes on in not only slaughter houses but the atrocious living conditions of these animals? Would it be wrong to tell him if he wants to eat meat he has to watch a video of an animal's living conditions?(I think video of slaughter would really be going too far) Please help and be gentle with me.
 

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I don't know that it's wise to try to control your 9-year old's consumption out of the house -- especially if that hasn't been the rule in the past. And trying to guilt him into it seems manipulative in a way that probably won't make his relationship with you much stronger.
 

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Frankly I think it should be required of all meat eaters that they make an informed decision by watching a video of the living conditions and slaughter of animals. My thought is is my son feels he is old enough to decide for himself, then maybe he is old enough to watch one of the less graphic videos? Just to show calves are not raised out in grassy fields with warm sunshine suckling from their mother. The problem is I didn't start teaching him this from a younger age. That would have helped alot!<br><br><br><br>
By the way, we homeschool so we won't have to worry about him eating meat at school!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Emily~Anne</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><br>
By the way, we homeschool so we won't have to worry about him eating meat at school!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Please tell me that's not the only reason that you home school him.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ilikemangos</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Please tell me that's not the only reason that you home school him.</div>
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I about fell out of my chair when I read that! Of course that's not the reason we home school! We have only been vegetarian 1 year and been homeschooling 4 yrs now! Oh goodness, sorry for that misunderstanding!
 

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I'm going to preface this by saying I'm not a mom.... BUT...<br><br><br><br>
I'm not sure a video would be the best route. My suggestion would be just discussing this with your child. No need to scare your baby. Obviously you love him enough to give a darn about what he puts in his body. Tell him that too.<br><br><br><br>
Taking every available opportunity to discuss why you feel it's best. Make sure he (he?) helps you cook. Let him help you shop. Great teaching opportunity too! When you go over to relatives homes or out to eat let him know in advance there will be meat served. Help him decide BEFORE it's in front of him whether or not he's going to eat it.<br><br><br><br>
And whatever you do don't let yourself make him feel guilty about eating meat if/when he does partake. All that attitude will do is make meat forbidden and therefore, <i>far</i> more attractive. To this day very little is more attractive than cigarettes, greasy looking tattooed bad boys on bikes and parental advisory stickers on C.D.'s.<br><br><br><br>
If he asks why you no longer eat meat tell him why. Gently. I'm saying this as the child of a mother who LOVED to make a "family" decision regarding food choices, lifestyle changes, moving...<br><br><br><br>
Rebbecca<br><br>
By the way, I think it's awesome that you home-school! I was home-educated from ten until I graduated at 16. Grammar wasn't my thing if you can't tell from above...
 

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I'm going to preface this by saying I'm not a mom.... BUT...<br><br><br><br>
I'm not sure a video would be the best route. My suggestion would be just discussing this with your child. No need to scare your baby. Obviously you love him enough to give a darn about what he puts in his body. Tell him that too.<br><br><br><br>
Taking every available opportunity to discuss why you feel it's best. Make sure he (he?) helps you cook. Let him help you shop. Great teaching opportunity too! When you go over to relatives homes or out to eat let him know in advance there will be meat served. Help him decide BEFORE it's in front of him whether or not he's going to eat it.<br><br><br><br>
And whatever you do don't let yourself make him feel guilty about eating meat if/when he does partake. All that attitude will do is make meat forbidden and therefore, <i>far</i> more attractive. To this day very little is more attractive than cigarettes, greasy looking tattooed bad boys on bikes and parental advisory stickers on C.D.'s.<br><br><br><br>
If he asks why you no longer eat meat tell him why. Gently. I'm saying this as the child of a mother who LOVED to make a "family" decision regarding food choices, lifestyle changes, moving...<br><br><br><br>
Rebbecca<br><br>
By the way, I think it's awesome that you home-school! I was home-educated from ten until I graduated at 16. Grammar wasn't my thing if you can't tell from above...</div>
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Thank you, this is very helpful! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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