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~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/27/2012

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Kristina. I can relate to your decision. You can take what I say with a grain of salt, but keep an open mind please.



I have been a vegetarian for almost 19 years. I have done extensive research in whether or not to raise my children vegetarians and essentially this is what I have done. Up until my children were 2 years old, they were on an exclusive vegetarian diet. The reason is because children under 2 cannot digest the meat properly.



Once they were older than 2, I let them choose what they wanted, but i always made sure whatever meat they ate was antibiotic free, and organic free range. If they are going to eat meat, I made sure it was high grade meat.



If you are going to raise your child as a vegetarian, that is fine. Completely your choice. BUT, make sure their diet is filled with proper proteins, and not just soy protein. Soy contains a lot of estrogen naturally, and for little growing bodies it can be harmful. So, sources of different proteins such as beans are very important.



BUT, if your child DOES want to sample meat and make the decision for themselves, please be open minded. If a child does not have a proper diet, regardless of being a vegetarian or a meat eater, they will lack nutrition. If you are struggling later on with keeping a nutritionally balanced diet strictly being a vegetarian, you may have to change your thoughts on them eating meat.



If you are concerned about your child thinking his or her relatives are "monsters" for eating meat, well that is all about how your raise your child. At that point, your child should be able to make the choice for themselves whether or not they want to be vegetarians. Like I said, I have been a vegetarian for almost 19 years (February will be the anniversary), and I am a hardcore veggie. I would not ever force my lifestyle on someone else, especially a child that wants to try new things.



Good luck. I posted only off of what others responses were, and I really hope I have helped.

Kristina - posted on 11/27/2012

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i am NOT asking for advice on if and when my child can make decisions. and if you think that a child has to eat meat to get proper nutrients then you are ignorant to the matter. if you are not going to respond to the question i asked please MYOB!

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Dove - posted on 11/27/2012

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Why would you delete your op?



Lacye has given you excellent answers. Perhaps YOU think badly of your meat eating relatives and are concerned that your child will pick up on that? Because kids don't, generally, come up with something like on their own. A simple 'some people choose to eat meat and some don't' is perfectly acceptable.

Lacye - posted on 11/27/2012

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Then just tell him that some people eat meat and some don't. It's as simple as that. It doesn't have to be anything more than that. You don't have to go into deeper details. He's not going to understand the way the animals are killed when he is that young. He probably won't have the capability to understand until he is an older child of 5 or 6. Although that would be too young in my personal opinion.



I know this might be too much but is there a particular reason why you wouldn't want him to at least try meat? I know it's something you don't approve of or want to do but is there a reason other than that that you don't want him eating meat?

Kristina - posted on 11/27/2012

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what i don't want is for him to think badly of his relatives that are eating animals. i may be better off getting advice from a vegetarian forum.

Kristina - posted on 11/27/2012

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Yes, my husband does support me on raising my baby vegetarian. My baby is only 2 months old and is still only drinking breast milk. This is just something i'm trying to prepare for. Every Sunday we eat dinner with about 10 relatives that all eat meat. I see how my toddler niece wants to eat whatever she sees and grabs food off of people's plates, so i feel like some kind of explanation will be due when i don't allow my baby to eat the same things that her cousins are eating.

Lacye - posted on 11/27/2012

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How old is your child exactly? Why would your child think of people who eat meat as monsters? How about instead you just tell him/her that your relatives eat meat and you don't. Wouldn't that just be easier than forcing a child to understand something that is beyond their comprehension? Just tell him/her that some people eat meat and some don't. Then let us know what you tell your child when they ask why he or she can't eat meat. Would love to hear that.

Kristina - posted on 11/27/2012

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ha done with you. thank you for making my first post to this forum so pleasant. very encouraging

Holly - posted on 11/27/2012

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i did not say that humans are CARNIVORES we are OMNIVORES we are supposed to eat both plants AND meat... I am not putting DOWN people who are vegetarians, and i can completely understand you wanting to be a vegetarian, but I do think that as long as you allow your BABY to eat both until they are OLD enough to understand both views that THEY can make the decision. also there are enough nutrients for an adult to be healthy while being a vegetarian, but for a baby to grow need different nutrients

Kristina - posted on 11/27/2012

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humans actually have flat teeth like other plant eating animals, not sharp teeth like lions and tigers that you mentioned. I am not suggesting that my family that eats meat are monsters. I want my child to know that they are not, that is why i posted this question. there are plenty of things to eat as a vegetarian to get enough nutrients to grow healthy, that is not my question.

Holly - posted on 11/27/2012

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well, raise the baby to eat what is served. the growing baby might not be able to get enough nutrients to grow up healthy with out meat. truth is, humans are supposed to be omnivores, this is why we have the teeth we have.... just as lions and tigers are carnivores, they are not monsters, they are majestic creatures. Bears are omnivores, they eat plants and meat, they are wonderful animals. let the child make this decision when they are old enough.

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