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From: Keith ( -
Subject: Re: Dealing with family you love and care about
Date: October 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm PST

In Reply to: Dealing with family you love and care about posted by Nancy Harris on October 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm:

Yes, dealing with family can be stressful. I am not a parent or grandparent, so take my opinion with a grain or two of salt.

It is a parent's responsibility to decide how they will raise their kids. You don't have to agree with your grandchild's parents, but you do have to respect their right to raise their child the way they decide to.

By all means, when you are looking after the grandson, feed him good wholesome vegan food. If his parents tell you that certain foods are prohibited, you should respect their choices (Unless it is something nutritionally ridiculous like "no veggies" - in that case you would need to talk with them!). On the other hand, if they require you to feed him meat or dairy, it is reasonable for you to protest.

It isn't your role as grandma to decide how your grandson should eat, other than in your house. What could be your role would be to teach him that there are alternatives, to better prepare him for when he makes his own decisions in life.


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