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?
Well my English teacher’s family is vegetarian for the most part. My teacher and his wife raised their child (and dogs) vegetarian, but when he eats elsewhere he’s allowed the freedom to eat whatever. Most of the time he asks for things without meat, and rarely he’ll experiment and try meat.
I think the best way to go about it is to raise your child vegetarian, but until he/she can start understanding concepts, then begin to educate them. Then the choice is up to them. You can keep your household vegetarian but give them the freedom to choose for themselves when they eat elsewhere. Make your reasons clear why you don’t eat meat but encourage them to find their own reasons.
I would raise my kids vegan, mostly for the sake of keeping them healthy and away from the processed junk everyone seems to love today in society, i see nothing wrong with it as a child its steering them away from the path of childhood obesity that so many of my fellow americans seem to be dealing with today. They would still be getting their nutrients that they need, plus when they get old enough they’ll be able to make whatever decitions they want, it’s not like you’re continuing to force them once they’re old enough to stand up and say “mom i want to eat a snickers bar”
The best you can do is properly educate your child. I’ve found that most children are compassionate towards animals, and knowing that they suffer for their food makes it so much easier for them to cut meat/ dairy out of their lives rather than growing up feeling entitled to it, and giving in when you crave it.