I’ve always assumed I would raise my kids vegetarian, but was discussing it with my boyfriend and he brought up the following argument, “How’s that different from brining up your kids religious?”
Obviously vegetarianism is a form of indoctrination, much like religion, and I can’t justify its use, even if it is moral. Now, obviously if I was to raise my kids without meat, but didn’t restrict their consumption of meat elsewhere, I wouldn’t be forcing any particular ideology down their throats, yet how would I approach a situation in which they ate animals outside of the home?
Hell yes. I wouldn’t force them to be vegan or vegetarian as they get older but I would personally only fix cruelty free food. I think it’s important to raise my children knowing the importance of love for all creatures.
I plan to raise me kids vegetarian or preferably vegan.
i plan to also tell them why a lot and when they get old enough to handle it, show them videos of abuse. I wont make them be veg or vegan but i will encourage it.
I’m not married, so I don’t know if my future kids are going to have two veg parents or not. However if their dad is a meat eater, we will most likely have meat at home. I won’t cook it for them, but if he cooks it, or if they cook it themselves I’m not going to stop them.
On top of that, if their dad IS a vegetarian/vegan and we don’t have any animal products at home, they obviously aren’t going to be exposed to very much meat and will almost be vegetarians by default. But I will never force my kids to be vegetarian. If they want to eat meat at their friends’ house or anyplace outside of home, I won’t stop it. Being a vegetarian is a personal choice and I feel if you try to force somebody into it, they will not care to try and understand your reasons; they will just want to stay an omnivore.
I think teaching your kid to follow a vegan lifestyle is like teaching your kid what is right from wrong. Can you guarantee that they will do the right thing? No, but at least you will know that you did your part.
I’ve talked to my boyfriend about it, and I’m pretty sure he’s fine with having vegetarian kids even though he isn’t one. I feel like I would bring up my children as vegetarians but let them choose when they’re older, similar like religion
you should raise your kids as vegetarians; it’s very healthy and much better for them. when they get old enough to fully understand things, then you can let them make their own choices. it’s the same as everything else. you can raise them a certain way, and if they change their minds when they get older, let them. you won’t be forcing them to do anything =)
I would never force my children to eat dead animal bodies or animal secretions.
I would feed them the delicious, healthy, cruelty-free plant food they’re designed to eat.
Furthermore, when my children grew older, if they wanted to consume the bodies of tortured, murdered humans, I wouldn’t allow it.
So, of course, I’m not going to allow them to consume the bodies of tortured, murdered non-humans either.
That’s hypothetical though.
The fact is that I will raise my children right, so they will never be willing to unnecessarily cause the pain and suffering of innocent, defenseless beings.
Therefore, they’ll have no interest in consuming anything other than the plant foods they’re supposed to consume.
(FYI: People who aren’t forced to consume dead animals and animal secretions as children are repulsed by the very concept when they grow older, as they very well should be.)
*oh, and to add- any sort of raising of children is indoctrination. Think about it. No matter how you raise your kids, you’re passing on beliefs and values to them, that they will most likely keep as they grow. Even something as simple as “don’t chew with your mouth open” is something passed down as a form of respect; and there’s nothing wrong with being different by choosing different systems. Not saying that you can’t teach your kids not to do that and be veg at the same time, of course.
I, personally, would. I’d do my best to teach them about /why/ vegetarianism is better than the alternative, so they may make that choice in their own outside of the house. It’s true that parents cannot watch their kids all the time, and one would only hope that they’d still keep their standards even while not under the watchful eye of their folks. I think, though, that unlike religion, vegetarianism has an obvious and undeniable benefit to give to the world, including the ethics of killing another sentient being, and environmental concerns. I can’t say I’d throw a big brouhaha if they stopped being vegetarian after they left, because it’s not like I could and would stop them, as it’s truly their choice in the end, but while they lived with me, I would not buy/serve meat products, and would do my very best to educate them on how the eating of meat is wrong.
I would raise my kids to be veg… But I won’t force them, and I think the way they are going to be educated on how to be a Vegan, and with all the alternatives, what animals go through, animals have feelings, and how and why its wrong to exploit animals for our own use when its not necessary…
MOst of us were probably brought up eating meat. Then you grew up and made your own decisions. It should be the same way. If you are Vegan or Vegetarian. why wouldnt you bring them up that way? Once they are older to make their own decisions then they may. its all about educating your child on helth and what you should an should not eat. More then likely they will probably stay vegan or vegetarian. I plan on bringing my children up as vegan and vegetarian and when they are old enough to make a decision on their own.