article was written by Michelle Carr.
Mom in Seattle
writes, "I'm a vegetarian, and I have two young boys. Despite my many attempts
to persuade him otherwise, my husband insists that our boys continue to eat
meat! What can I do to convince him that eating meat is unhealthy? Help!"
congratulations on being vegetarian yourself and on wanting what is best for
your two boys! I sincerely applaud you for your dedication. This is a tough
situation because you and your husband share responsibility for raising your sons
equally, but, of course, eating meat is not healthy. Plus, have you seen
vegan babies are? They're so happy and healthy!
spouses will start to listen if they hear something from a different source rather
than from their husband or wife—I recommend that you order materials from the Physicians
Committee for Responsible Medicine about healthy vegetarian kids to show your
husband that medical professionals back up your claims. You can also point out
that, according to the
American Dietetic Association, "appropriately planned vegetarian diets,
including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally
adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of
certain diseases." Once
your husband sees the facts about eating a healthy meat-free diet, it will be
hard for him to disagree with you.
offers great resources for kids, including The
Kids' Guide to Helping Animals, as well as free
animal rights stickers. These are fun resources that will show your kids in
a gentle way that they shouldn't eat their furry friends. Incorporate yummy
vegetarian snacks into their diets and see what they think. From chicken-free nuggets to vegan grilled cheese, there are so many cruelty-free options out there that
your kids will never miss eating animals.
Vegetarian Resource Group
has a ton of useful information about raising vegetarian kids, and be sure to check
out this article about the
first year of raising a vegan baby, packed full of great resources. And don't
worry—you're not the only mom who wants her kids to stop
eating meat! The Vegan Mom is a great
site maintained by a mother who wants to teach her kids compassion just like
bottom line is that you and your husband need to work together to decide what
is best for your kids. The advice
adds up and shows that vegetarian kids are happy and healthy. So hopefully,
with the help of a few resources and delicious home-cooked vegan meals, you can
convince your husband of that too!
What do you think? Leave a comment below to share your
thoughts on and experiences raising vegetarian kids.
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