Lissa - posted on 06/21/2011 ( 36 moms have responded )
We were singing sing a song of six pence today and after the blackbird pie part the whole family started to talk about food and where it comes from. My children know a lot, their Uncle is a farmer, they have seen a lamb being cut up for the freezer. They understand their meat and fish were living animals that were killed for us to eat. My daughter briefly considered being a vegetarian but decided she like bacon and chicken too much (she's 6). We grow some of our veg and my husband was previously a chef so i suppose they have been exposed to a huge variety of foods, we make our own food from scratch wherever possible. They take part in preparing food when possible, an afternoon with ingredients to make your own fish fingers, fish cakes and chicken bites is messy and fun.
Do you explain to your children how their food gets on the plate? Do they know how there meat is killed? Are you afraid to tell them for fear of upsetting them? If you are vegetarians/vegans have you explained to them why you feel this way and do you give your child the option to eat as you do or choose to eat meat?