We’ll publish this Q&A with parents from all over the world to have an idea
of how they decided to raise their children vegan and how they’re doing.
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When did you all become vegan? Did you already have your kids when the transition happen?
I went vegan in August 2009 after having what my doctor called a “hypertensive crisis” caused by too much stress in my job and not taking care of myself enough. I was out sick for about four weeks and besides having one doctor’s appointment after the other I was stuck at home. So one day I was reading an interview where one of my favorite artists Jon Marro talked about being compassionate and about being love. At one point he said how important it is to be kind not only to others but also to yourself and that one way to be kind to yourself could be enjoying a vegan meal. It was the first time I ever heard the word and I was eager to learn what this “vegan” thing was all about. After that I spent hours researching online and I also (being a cookbook addict and all) ordered my first vegan cookbooks.
I was intrigued that, yes, you can indeed bake without using any animal products. After being vegetarian for years and never giving any thought to the consequences my consumption of eggs, dairy and other animal products have on the animals, in my body or at our environment, it’s safe to say that my mind was blown after I finally made the connection.
Within a short couple of days I turned my life upside down and went vegan without ever looking back since. At that point my husband was still sure that this was “just a phase” and that I’d go back to “normal” in a matter of months. He couldn’t have been more wrong. I started cooking only vegan meals for us at home while he still ate meat outside of our home. But once he realized how much better he felt and started understanding the consequences our own diet had on the life of others he went vegan as well.
Was it obvious to you that your children would be raised vegan?
When our son Noah was born in 2012 we were already vegan for a couple of years and it was never a question wether or not we would raise our child vegan. Of course we would.
How old are your children now?
Noah turned two last November.
What’s their favourite foods?
He loooooves avocado and bagels and bananas and salad and strawberries…..
What’s family’s favourite meal?
We like homemade pizza.
Do your children understand that they don’t consume anything that comes from animals?
Since he’s only two I guess he isn’t fully aware of the fact that we don’t eat animals yet, but when you ask him who get’s mama cow’s milk he knows that it’s only for the baby cow and not for people.
Do you have the support of your families and friends to raise your children vegan?
In the beginning especially our parents (my MIL being from Brazil and all) had some concerns about us raising our child vegan. But now they see how happy he is and how he thrives as a vegan child and the negative remarks have died down somewhat.
What’s the most asked question regarding raising your children vegan you get?
Don’t you think you he should have a say in wether he wants to be vegan or not?
What’s the best advice you can give to other vegan parents out there?
Do what you think is best for you and your family. It helps when you are settled and comfortable with yourself as a vegan. That way you’re better prepared for all the well-intended advice from your own family and strangers.
Looking for other vegan families in RL or online also helps a lot. That way you have someone who understands when you need to vent after answering another stupid question (“But where does he get his protein?”) for what feels like the hundredth time.