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How do your parent(s) respond to your veg*nism?

  • My parent(s)/parental figures are veg, too.

    Votes: 10 9.0%
  • They aren't veg themselves, but they accept my decision and try to accomodate me.

    Votes: 59 53.2%
  • They are hostile towards my veg*nism and make it difficult for me to be veg.

    Votes: 13 11.7%
  • They are curious. They haven't expressed judgment either way, just questions.

    Votes: 3 2.7%
  • They are proud of me and sometimes even flaunt my veg*nism around others.

    Votes: 7 6.3%
  • Other/ not applicable. Please describe if relevant.

    Votes: 19 17.1%
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I'm curious about what is the most common way for parents (or other parental figures) to respond to VB users veg*nism.<br><br>
I'm also curious about if you've been veg for a while, have your parents views/responses changed?
 

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Other = <i>They think I'm stark raving mad.</i><br><br><i>Parent responses:</i><br>
After 1 month: "I hope you give up this crazy diet soon."<br>
After 2 years: "When are you going to give up that crazy diet?"
 

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"They aren't veg themselves, but they accept my decision and try to accomodate me."<br><br>
My mom admits that she has a hard time trying to figure out what to cook for Matthew and I now, but she is very accommodating.
 

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I voted other as I don't speak to my parents anymore so I don't know what they think of my veganism but my Mum was supportive of me when I was a vegetarian and my Dad was hostile to the idea.
 

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mostly indifferent
 

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I don't think my father cared one way or the other. My mother was basically O.K. with it at first (to the extent she was O.K. with anything that was different from her way of doing things), and then after a few years, became very hostile to it.
 

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"<i>They are proud of me and sometimes even flaunt my veg*nism around others."<br><br></i>The whole flaunting thing has made me get into a lot of fights with her because it drives me insane.<br><br>
I've been veg*n since 1999, and I don't really know what my dad thought, but he didn't question it or be hostile to the idea. Just kind of silent support or something. My mom has supported me since day one.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Puppet Master</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2876804"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
"<i>They are proud of me and sometimes even flaunt my veg*nism around others."<br><br></i>The whole flaunting thing has made me get into a lot of fights with her because it drives me insane.</div>
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Because I do outreach, I meet plenty of people with a variety of reactions. I've been surprised by how many older women will say, "I'm not, but my daughter is vegan!" as if they want a gold star. It's really quite interesting. I imagine it must be unnerving for the daughters.
 

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Hostile at first with judgments, attempts to sneak meat in my food, constant questioning.<br><br>
Now accepting and accommodating, they see that I'm perfectly healthy this way and I'm not changing back.<br><br>
Other family members? Attempts to lie to me about food ingredients, constant offering of animal products, had to stop seeing my uncles due to constant harassment but others are also accepting and curious.
 

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<i>They aren't veg themselves, but they accept my decision and try to accomodate me.</i><br><br>
My father never said anything, well, he may have said at first that it was weird, but he doesn't seem to care.<br>
My mother was much more interested and is almost vegetarian now. She still eats some meat at home some times, but she does it mainly when she goes out or when she and my father go to my sister's.<br>
Overall, they have more problems, especially my father, with my piercings than with my being a vegan!<br><br>
(And the said sister thinks it's completely stupid. But she never said anything directly to me, because she knows I have arguments. ^^)
 

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I voted the first option, although it's only half true - my mum has gone veg by now, since a month or so, while my dad is the least likely person in the world to give up meat. I decided to pick the more optimistic one though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Neither has bothered me about being vegetarian, but my mum isn't completely happy with my veganism... Still, it's more of a concerned type, although it gets a bit infuriating sometimes.
 

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Lately my mom hasn't been giving so much grief about being veg, but she doesn't really understand what is vegan. "Why can't you have butter?" However, she is making everybody eat more veg*n food to save money.
 

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I would have voted <i>I have the best parents in the ****ing world and they love me for being so compassionate</i>, but the 5th option will suffice.
 

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they accept it, but they aren't thrilled. they don't think it is the right way to go, but don't force meat on me or try to convince me when i come over. my dad even took me to eat at fresh
 

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My parents originally thought I was going through a phase, but as the years went by they realized it wasn't. Initially they resisted, but they came around and just accepted it, and do their best to accommodate me when I visit.<br><br>
While they are not veg*ns, in the past few years, as their mortality approaches, they have made a conscious effort to eat healthier, which includes limiting their consumption of meat.
 

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I picked option 2. My mom is a former vegetarian (who somewhat ironically went back to eating meat when she was pregnant with me) so she understands the diet. She was wary when I went vegan but I think she's been convinced by now that I'm not going to keel over and die and she's certainly glad that making the transition has caused me to eat a lot more vegetables.
 

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My parents think that vegetarians only give up meat and think I'm being "stuck up" by not eating by products such as gelatin and rennet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blank.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":|"><br>
Also, they are way too concerned with my diet.<br>
Yet they weren't concerned when I ate way too much junk food as a kid and became overweight.
 

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I've became veg over 15 yrs ago when I was a preteen. My family has always been supportive and fine with it. They all get excited when they find veg food at grocery stores or at restaurants and call me up right away to tell me about it or ask me if I want any.<br><br>
My mom brags about it sometimes when she overhears other people mention anything related to veg*nism. It tends to make me uncomfortable sometimes because I don't like attention drawn to myself and because I fit the stereotype of "pale" and "sickly looking" . My pale and sickly looking appearance has NOTHING to do with veg*nsim and I don' want strangers to think that there is a connection when there isn't.
 

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I live at home (unfortunately) with my mom and sister, and they are both veg as well. For my mom it's mostly out of convenience though- when the sister and I stopped eating meat, my mom stopped making it. It's never in the house now, which is awesome.<br>
She also orders vegetarian meals at restaurants. Sometimes she will still eat chicken broth if it's in soup, and she has no problem picking meat out/off of meals. She has come a LONG way though- I'm proud!<br><br>
She's not open about it though, and I don't think she would ever tell me she was proud of my choices. She hides it from her family, and has been known to eat a hot dog in front of them because she was embarrassed not to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I don't think she would do that anymore though...especially after I told her aaaall about hot dogs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 
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