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Hi there.<br><br>
Beverly here from sunny LA. I'm 37. I've been vegan for nearly 2 years -- vegetarian for a number of years before that. My husband has been vegan for 5+ years (we've lost count).<br><br>
We're expecting our first child in April, and I've thoroughly enjoyed a totally vegan pregnancy -- much to my southern mother's shock and horror. We now are gearing up for raising vegan children, and I'd love some insight.<br><br>
We've read all the books on vegan nutrition. We know countless vegan recipes. But I just can't seem to find discussions about the sociology/psychology of raising a vegan family. Can anyone here start a discussion with me about their experiences raising vegan children? The peer pressure? Preparing for non-vegan/vegetarian gatherings? Education without terror for children, etc.?<br><br>
I'm looking forward to the journey, but I do crave discussions with parents of vegan children.<br><br>
Thanks. And I'm happy to be a part of the community.<br><br>
-Beverly
 

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I grew up vegetarian and I'm raising my son vegan. It's not that big of a deal. There are some issues here and there but it's really not much different than raising a child Jewish who eats kosher or raising a child who has quite a few food allergies. Some people will be careless, insensitive, etc. but many people will be accepting and you'll find your way.<br><br>
As far as peer pressure goes, I think that's got a lot more to do with the individual kiddo than whether they're vegetarian or vegan. I know I was sensitive to it as a kid but my nephew is very popular and has no problem being vegetarian. I doubt my son will have problems.
 

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Congratulations on your pregnancy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
A lot of your concerns are the same as mine--I have a 2 year old daughter and we're just starting out with the veg*nism. I'm not looking forward to the criticism and judgment I know we'll get, especially from my in-laws (every family gathering, several times a year, is centered around going hunting. For bunnies.)<br>
I'm hoping to get advice from the women who have BTDT already, also <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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With any luck there may be some good alternative schools near you.<br>
'Liberal Arts' or 'Hippie' style alternative schools often have communities supportive of veg*n lifestyles.
 
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