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From: Kelsey ( -75.67.235.122)
Subject: Vegan Kids: What age is appropriate to explain veganism?
Date: February 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm PST

Hi! I was going to post this at the family board but it doesn't have much activity :)

My daughter is almost 3 and has been vegan since her first birthday, and while I was breastfeeding until she was 6 months old. Her father and I aren't together anymore, and he eats the "whatever I can get" diet, but he is very supportive of her vegan diet as far as I know. The problem is, he will eat a cheeseburger while she's eating rice and beans, and just say, "you don't eat this."

Lately she's been asking for chicken, burgers, hot dogs...anything that she doesn't eat. I tell her that we don't eat those foods because they are made of meat, and meat isn't very good for you. She understands the difference between health food and junk food, but I'm not sure when to tell her that meat comes from animals. Will it be too devastating at such a young age? I just feel terrible that she sees her father eating meat all the time and doesn't understand why she can't have any. I'm OK with her making her own decision once she is old enough to understand it, but for now I don't want her feeling confused and left out.

Thanks for any input :)



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