how do u get a 9 year old to eat meat?

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Jodi - posted on 02/01/2013

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If she wants to be vegetarian, let her. Just make sure you ensure she gets a healthy balance on her dinner plate (like vegetarian alternatives). Why would you force someone who wants to be vegetarian to eat meat? If she has determined she wishes to be vegetarian, she has given that some thought.

Dove - posted on 02/01/2013

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If she wants to be a vegetarian.... support her. Have her do research on a proper vegetarian diet and help you do the shopping and cooking for her meat alternatives. Nothing wrong with her becoming a vegetarian as long as her diet is adequate in other sources of protein and stuff.

Joseph Eric - posted on 02/01/2013

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Being supportive Of a vegetarian change helps your nine year old feel more confident In most cases and lets them know you love them so... I did this with my stepdaughter when she recognized she wanted to go vegan, and she was happy for two years untill one day she smelled an in and out burger. And that screwed everything up and from then on she changed her mind and still eats healthy like a vegan but won't pass up meat anymore. And right now my four year old only likes meats and vegetables and doesnt like carby stuff except for chips. So.... being supportive unconditionally is always important no matter which way their diet falls unless their only into junk food, then that is the line!

Lucy - posted on 02/01/2013

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Maybe it would be worth having a conversation about why she wants to be a vegetarian? I know kids can sometimes have fads about what they will and won't eat, but 9 is old enough to have thought the issue through, and if your daughter seems to have some sensible reasons and feels strongly about it I would let her try and see if it's right for her.
I was 4 when I made the connection between meat and where it comes from and talked to my Mum about why I didn't want to eat it. Luckily my Mum was very supportive (although she is not vegetarian herself) and did some research on how to feed a vegetarian child a healthy, balanced diet. I have been vegetarian ever since- both my siblings went veggie a few years later, so my Mum became a great vegetarian cook even though she is still a meat eater!

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Cecilia - posted on 02/01/2013

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You can't really make her eat it. Some people just don't have a taste for it. When my daughter was about 7 she went through this. She didn't like most meat. We had to do what we could to get protein into her ( she also didn't like beans lol) Search online, ask your doctor. Most the recipes you'll find aren't actually that bad. I love meat... (i mean LOVE,) and i ate all the things i made her. I know it does sound annoying to make two different meals but if you make hers in bulk and freeze them you can pull one out and heat it up and eat steak that night.

My daughter is now 12 and she has come back around and will eat some meat, usually chicken. I let her choose if she wants to eat the family dinner or eat one of her frozen meals. If i would have forced the issue, she would only push back harder.

If she does choose to be vegetarian or vegan ( or any variation in between) Then talk to her doctor about vitamins if needed. Which you may need to until you get this type of cooking down. It can be somewhat hard to balance all nutritional needs when you're not serving meat.(when you're used to cooking with it)

Firebird - posted on 02/01/2013

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If she wants to be a vegetarian, let her. just make sure she's getting enough protein and iron from non meat sources. Do not *make* her eat meat, or trick her into it with that veggie burger idea. Get veggie burgers for her every time your family has a hamburger dinner. Get her to do the research so she's getting a nutritionally sound diet.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/01/2013

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Don't force her to eat meat if she does not want to. I was always forced. I hated meat always. Way before it was a fad. I was forced to eat it until I was old enough to make the decision on my own. (which I had MANY years before, but being older you have more of a say.) I have been a vegetarian for 19 years. Just research about meat substitutes like beans, tofu, high protein foods like cottage cheese, eggs, cheese. Have her be a part of the research, and shopping. Also the cooking.

While yummy, some meat substitutes are not very healthy but packed with protein. Certain breads are made from sprouts and great protein like Ezakiel Bread. Teach her to be a healthy vegetarian. And you can certainly put a stipulation that if she does not like the vegetarian foods that keep her healthy (like beans etc) then she will have to introduce meat back into her diet. Sh cannot live off of processed foods like chips etc.

Faye - posted on 02/01/2013

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You can't make her eat what she does not want to. Just make sure she gets her protein elsewhere.I agree with Dove, have her do the research and help you with the shopping for protein items.

Joseph Eric - posted on 02/01/2013

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I am a single dad, lonely as hell, l.o.l. and I noticed that nine year olds are very intune to what they see on the news, and anything that has to do with green peace I have a very intellectual nine year old who is a girl, and I also have a 4 year old and the nine year old is very finicky with foods based, on just what she hears about them so sometimes she will not be interested in certain foods per, that reason. So all I remind her about is how important her vitamin intake is overall, and what foods they come from and I sorta make sure she knows that most meats are her source for protein rather than just drinking vitamins only and she seems to understand it pretty well and hasnt given me any real problems so far. Sometimes some kids actually cannot eat meat because their tastebuds dont allow the taste of meat to be pleasant, and might reject the meat serving automatically, which in that case you'll have to adjust the meats with an alternative, maybe even more servings of vegetables, but that depends on the whole value of the meal that is being served to the child. And which tiny servings of meat seasoned different ways , might be the way to go Or homemade casseroles with different seasonings to aid the meat from only tasting (only like meat) where your kid won't know the difference, (keyword) If they cant taste the difference, then you won the battle hahaha. And so far I have been winning and If your kid asks you what are you making for dinner, never tell them , just say your making food, and the'll know as soon as your ready. Or they will try to suggest that they don't want what your serving and try to find a way to negotiate whats served for dinner, and once they do that they will demand something else to eat than whats being served if this behavior gets allowed, only saying this , because of experience and has worked for me. Don't get me wrong though.... I'm only stating advice from my experiences that have worked for me but I can't guarantee all of my opinions will work, BUt I'm hopeful.

Holly - posted on 02/01/2013

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slowly. try lean meats first... make her eat one bite the first two nights at dinner. then the next two nights make her eat 2 bites, the next two nights 3 bites, and so on and so on.

Angie - posted on 02/01/2013

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She said that she wants to be a vegetarian i cant even spell the word right i dont get it tho because she eats everything but hates meat.

Joseph Eric - posted on 01/31/2013

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First try, giving them veggie burgers.... and see how they do with that! and If they can handle it tell them the next time their having veggie burgers well-done and replace them with regular hamburgers with light seasoning as light as a veggie burger and they wont know the difference as long as you do not overexemplify that they are indeed beef burgers. Done it once to my nine year old and admitted to her what I did, and she realized it wasn't so bad. Or with chicken, tell them that they are eating albacore tuna, with a bit of mayonnaise. And add tasteful, white sauce to it. Theres two right there and did work for me. hopefully they work for you.

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