How do other parents deal when your kid asks: Mommy, did a cow really have to die to get me this hamburger ?
In our animal-loving home, we eat small amounts of meat about three days a week. We eat vegetarian dishes, or vegetarian meat, the other four days. The little meat we eat is always free-range or organic. That’s my compromise between ethics, health and taste.
Our seven-year old kid has the same attitude towards meat most adults have; when asked, he feels sorry for the farm animal, but he loves the taste of meat. Some kids of vegetarian meathe likes; others, not. He’s a picky eater anyway, and I’m glad when he likes anything healthy to eat, even if it is meat or fish.
I don’t want to spoil his innocence and pleasure in eating, but I don’t want to lie to him where his meat comes from, either. And I do think he should know. What I don’t know, is what is age appropriate to tell him at this age.
How do other parents deal with this?
I’m only interested in parents who feel similarly on this subject as I do. If you love cooking meat, or even hunt your own, more power to you, but please skip this thread.
If your kids are strict vegetarians, and you are, or are not, then I would like to know how that came about.
**Please keep general discussions on the ethics/health aspects of (not) eating meat out of this thread. This thread is only about the parenting aspects of it. **