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Thu Nov 23, 2017, 07:13 PM

 

I am a vegetarian .. My wife loves her meat and so does my 6 year

Old daughter.

I respect my wife's choice ... And that of my kid's. I don't want anyone to force beliefs on others. However my daughter has started to notice that I mostly eat plants.. And asks me about it ..

How can I explain beyond "I prefer eating plants" ...

.. We have never really had a debate about it .Deep inside I feel its moral issue ... That is what drives my choice....But I am too scared to come across as being judgemental...( I am not .. But when you discuss things like this ..you cannot stay in control of the conversation and might say something stupid)

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Reply I am a vegetarian .. My wife loves her meat and so does my 6 year (Original post)
Le Gaucher Nov 2017 OP
Irish_Dem Nov 2017 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2017 #2
Phoenix61 Nov 2017 #3
Cicada Nov 2017 #4
Angry Dragon Nov 2017 #5

Response to Le Gaucher (Original post)

Thu Nov 23, 2017, 07:23 PM

1. With children, match your answer to their questions. Keep it short and simple, and on topic.

I think your answer was a good first step.

Later when she asks more questions, you can give her more information, matching her age level.
In a neutral, non judgmental way.

I think you will be fine.

I am mostly plant based, rarely eat meat, and no dairy.
When asked about it, I follow the above guidelines.

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Response to Le Gaucher (Original post)

Thu Nov 23, 2017, 07:24 PM

2. If I were you, and of course I'm not...

State your beliefs as plainly and simply as you can......

And at the same time, realize that you don't have control of the conversation, and that's OK. Being stupid is OK too. If you stay kind with your daughter, then that's all right.

Best of luck!

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Response to Le Gaucher (Original post)

Thu Nov 23, 2017, 08:21 PM

3. Just a thought but maybe

talk to your wife about this and come up with an answer both of you are comfortable with. Young children can be very black and white and often feel the need to pick the "right" side.

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Response to Le Gaucher (Original post)

Thu Nov 23, 2017, 09:05 PM

4. My wife and two cats are meat eaters too

I just figure the arc of history will tilt our way and donít worry about them. If I had a child I would explain my conversion, that one day on my bed I looked into my dog samís eyes and realized he was like me, not different in any important way. And after that I didnít want to eat animals anymore because I donít think they are very different from me, not in any important way. I know I canít change the world, but I can change me. And I am confident the world will tilt our way over time.

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Response to Cicada (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 23, 2017, 09:58 PM

5. By changing yourself you have changed the world

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