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18/03/2013 at 19:07
B had a long chat about eating animals at the weekend and said he is not sure if he wants to eat animals anymore. I'm not sure that at four he should be allowed to make that decision. But at what age would you let them choose?
18/03/2013 at 19:16
If at 4, C had said he wanted to be veggie, i'd have let him. I've always let him make his own choices about things, after we have discussed them.
I have always been pretty laid back with him. My Mum always has objections to that.
I say this alot, and compare C and my step kids, but at 4, C was really switched on. At the same age, my SS had less understanding of things, and had difficulty grasping things like animals = meat. Things don't "click" with him, so I guess it'd depend on the child.
My SD is a big animal lover, and won't eat meat, apart from chicken nuggets... H said she's been like that since she was 3/4 yrs old.
18/03/2013 at 19:18
I've always thought of b being very well informed/mature/a bit of a thinker iyswim, tbh I think I would allow him but then occasionally offer meat but just take his lead iyswim. I'd get lots of recipes (vegetarian) that were high in calories/nutrients etc.
a girl at our playgroups 2 children have always been veggie from weaning
18/03/2013 at 19:27
No, I wouldn't let them choose. It's probably a phase.
I would still put meat with meals and if they eat it/ don't eat it then thats their choice.
18/03/2013 at 20:42
No because I am too lazy to cook separate meals.
18/03/2013 at 20:54
For me, when they are old enough to cook their own meals. I'll cook vege for vege friends, but not day in day out. If it was something I believed in I probably would, but I don't, so I won't.
18/03/2013 at 20:56
I would, but then again I am a veggie (H isn't) and have been since I was 11. So I wouldn't need to cook separate meals (well, I would, but I do anyway and tbh a lot of meals we eat are veggie anyway and the meat is just an add-on for H). I'm fairly well informed re: nutrition so wouldn't worry on that front.
18/03/2013 at 22:27
No probably not at 4 but when they are older yes
19/03/2013 at 07:13
L decided at age 5 that she wanted to be a veggie so I let her go with it. H is a veggie so she was used to it. It lasted for about 2 weeks, although she did eat meat without realising. I've always made it clear where meat comes from. I've spent time in slaughterhouses so would explain vaguely what happens, it's not put her off. We todo eat quite a lot of quorn and non meat. I like her to eat meat as it gives me an excuse to eat meat.
19/03/2013 at 07:19
No I wouldn't, there's no way I'm cooking two separate meals. At 4 they change their minds so much and don't mean a lot of what they say (not for long anyway). I'm open about where meat comes from and it hasn't affected him, he asks questions and is amazed but that's it luckily.
19/03/2013 at 08:45
If they'd really set their mind on it then I'd do meals where meal was an add on. I'd continue to offer meat though while respecting my little ones view as long as I know it been made for the right reasons and understand etc. I would really need some help in ensuring a balanced diet though but would find it if needs me.
19/03/2013 at 11:43
Yes I would and I'd make sure they had a balanced vegetarian diet. E refuses to eat eggs because they come out of a chickens bottom She heaves if I try to feed it to her so I feel it is cruel to force her to eat something she really doesn't like the idea of. I recall my sister being force fed meat when we were children and she would sit there heaving (frequently this resulted in her vomiting) and I think it was cruel. At 14 she became a vegetarian.
19/03/2013 at 11:51
If they have enough understanding to say they don't want to eat more then I think they are able to make the decision. Yes I would let the make the choice.
It's not hard to batch cook a few vege options each week and not every meal has to contain meat anyway does it.
I'm not one for making my child eat something they specifically show an aversion to.
19/03/2013 at 11:54
Possibly not at the moment, because that would limit the foods he eats even more! It's a struggle to get C to eat a lot of things, but he will eat most meats - he hasn't made the connection that they were once animals, despite the fact we often have chicken, lamb or fish.
19/03/2013 at 13:44
I think it's common at this age to question it. One of M's classmates is currently refusing meat (she's 5). I know this beacuse half the class are now refusing to have ham sandwiches.
We've talked about where meat comes from. M has asked if she is made of chicken
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