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When I became a vegetarian at age 14, I was opting out of a food system I felt was cruel, corrupt, and environmentally harmful. Decades later I???m facing a dilemma that my 4-year-old wants to eat the lunches served in her school cafeteria, which means meat.
After 3 out of 5 of her packed lunches came back from school untouched last week, I was unable to get a straight answer out of my daughter on what she was eating. So, I checked in with her teacher after school. The teacher reported that Maya had been ???forgetting??? her lunch in her locker at lunchtime. Since the teacher could neither send someone to fetch the forgotten lunch nor allow one of her preschoolers to go hungry, she???d been procuring a cafeteria meal for my daughter. Apparently, Maya had happily consumed barbecue chicken, fish tacos, and possibly a cheese burger that week.
As we were talking, Maya took a moment out of playing with a classmate to declare ???I don???t want to be a vegetarian. I want hot lunch.??? to which the teacher remarked, ???She???s an independent thinker, that one.??? And that???s my dilemma.
Do I impose my preferences on my child or let her find her own way?
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on February 01, 2012
at 06:36 PM
The issue of what a child prefers or does not is independent of being Paleo. I know of several children that do not care for meat. What does that prove - absolutely nothing.
As JayJay noted regarding "pizza day", a meat lovers vs vegetarian pizza is secondary to the fact that it's pizza. The ubiquity of gluten, fructose, and vegetable oils has nothing to do with being omnivorous.
Moreover, the continued ignorance regarding vegetarianism vs veganism in this community is laughable. Being a lacto/ovo/pesca vegetarian is worlds apart from being a vegan. Regardless, being vegetarian is not mutually exclusive with being Paleo unless you adopt a narrow-minded and provincial definition of Paleo.
People should keep their side of the street clean rather than getting up in the grill of others. This applies to Paleos, Vegans, Weight Watcher, etc - EVERYONE! When ones shit stops stinking, maybe then the rules of engagement can change.
on February 01, 2012
at 07:37 PM
I think parents need to be careful when instilling their diet on their children. To me it's like religion - it's something your kid needs to decide for themselves. That's not going to stop me from serving up healthy meals at home and packing healthy lunches, but I refuse to be the parent who doesn't sign the permission slip allowing my kid to eat whatever food is served at the class party (the last one was Capri Sun, vanilla yogurt and frosted animal cookies - lovely) and have my kid feel left out of their fun at kindergarten. Kids face enough challenges fitting in and being loved by their peers, why should I make things any more difficult for them?
The best thing I can do for my kids is make sure that at home they don't eat processed crap and learn to make good choices and be aware. My oldest is in kindergarten, and he knows the difference between "healthy" and "not healthy". Even before we were paleo, I never bought things like Doritos, Little Debbie snack cakes, etc, opting instead for popcorn, bakery treats or homemade. Granted we don't really eat that stuff anymore, but getting obese off of processed foods is very different than gaining weight from good home cooking. At least you can change the way you cook, but Doritos will always be Doritos.