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Raising Vegetarian Children
by Jo Stepaniak, M.S.Ed., & Vesanto Melina M.S., R.D.

Raising Vegetarian Children

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Child Care Job Conundrum

I have worked with young children for over twenty years, and I have loved every minute of it. Recently I decided to look for opportunities outside of my current place of employment to enhance my professional development as well as to supplement the family income. At a recent child care conference I ran into two old friends who invited me to visit their facility. Much to my surprise, they offered me a position! The job has the promise of advancement, and I would be working in a state-of-the-art, nationally-accredited child care center with ideal co-workers, an excellent salary, benefits, and great hours. In addition, I have the support and encouragement of family and friends. The only problem I have is reconciling where the center is located -- our local Army armament command and research center. What should I do?

It is great news that you have been offered what sounds like the job of your dreams and have an opportunity to work with wonderful people and be well compensated. You are right, however, that an Army research center certainly conflicts with vegan values. Military research is among the most gruesome. If you will be situated anywhere near that part of the facility, it could be very difficult for you to endure. On the other hand, if your work does not directly support the Army's efforts, and there is no tangible connection with the armament command and research center, then there appears to be no overt quandary. If you do not teach the children, someone else will, and that person's perspective may not be as loving and compassionate as yours.

It is important for children to be taught about peace, kindness, and respect for all life, regardless of the setting, even if it is one that seems to blatantly contradict these ideals. In fact, in such environments it is perhaps even more crucial for these values to be conveyed to youngsters.

Only you can assess the full situation, weigh your needs and comfort level, explore your involvement (or lack thereof) with the research segment of the command post, and determine if what you have to offer the children overshadows any drawbacks to the location. I cannot tell you what choice to make, but if you listen to your heart, you will be guided to the right decision.




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