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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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I do not have children, well cats, but not the human variety. I do, however, have nieces. The youngest comes over to spend the night and hangs out with me rather often. I try to feed her "normal" yet vegan foods. I don't want her to experience culture shock when visiting me.

She is very understanding and adapting to my life style, although there have been some stressful situations. On one visit we enjoyed a pint of Tofutti and for dinner some vegan macaroni and cheeze. However, when it came time for the corn on the cob, which I make by wrapping the corn, which is still in the husk, in tinfoil and then placing it in the oven, Cait had had too much of this different way of eating. With her little lower lip trembling, she asked, "Aunt Carrie, can't you even make corn normal?" I asked her to please try the corn, and if she found it inedible I would make something else (small comfort at this point). All was well until she realized that the salt on the table actually came from the sea.

My presence in her life may make her more aware of her food choices. When she was faced with a decision about food at a vendor's stand, she chose a fruit salad over a hot dog or chocolate. There was no pressure on my part. I wanted her to choose freely and feel comfortable with her choice.

She has an understanding of who I am that surpasses others. When last at my house, she drew a picture of me. In it I am depicted as a woman with long flowing hair wearing jeans and a purple shirt with a peace sign on it. I own nothing with a peace sign on it so she has internalized my behavior as a form of pacifism.

I enjoy her presence more than anyone else's. I hope that she grow up to be a caring individual fully aware of how her choices affect others. I also hope that I am always more than an aunt to her.

Carrie P.
Pennsylvania

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