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« on: November 03, 2010 08:39:34 PM »

For parents who are vegetarian or vegan, do your children have the same diets as you do? I have friends who are not vegetarians, but ironically, one of their sons is.  From toddler age, he just do not like the taste of meat.  Up to now that he's 10 years old, he just continue with his vegetarian diet.  No matter how his parents lure him to eat steaks and other meat dishes, he just do not like them.
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2010 12:04:21 PM »

The vegetarians I know have veggie kids. I am in the opposite situation, like you mentioned. My DD is a vegetarian and the rest of us are omnivores. I usually make either veggie food (sometimes with a meat option on the side) or a meat dish with a veggie option on the side. My other DD doesn't eat cooked vegetables or stuff with sauces, so I'm always leaving something plain anyway.
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2010 11:44:48 AM »

I was similar to this kid, I never really liked the taste or texture. Would occasionally eat chicken or turkey, but no red meat.  And I wouldn't eat fish that looked like fish!  (so I would only eat fish fingers or fish cakes).  By the time I got 11 I was really interested in animals, so officially became vegetarian (all my family eat meat).  This actually made meals times easier as I wasn't trying to be forced food that I didn't like.
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2010 07:58:44 PM »

I became a vegetarian when I was about 10 years old.  No one in my family is vegetarian and at the time, I didn't have any friends who were either.  Like the boy you mentioned, I just didn't like the taste of meat.

It was hard for my mom to make foods for me at first  (I had cereal for dinner a lot) but it got a lot easier.  Now it's just natural for my family to leave a little bit of sauce or whatever without meat for me.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2011 12:33:24 PM »

My parents were meat eaters and I was vegetarian. It was pretty tough since my mother was not down for buying or cooking veggie friendly things. My husband recently went vegetarian, so we are all vegetarians now.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2011 03:41:50 PM »

I'm vegetarian, but my daughter is not. Her dad and I are not together, and he eats meat, so she eats it there. She will also eat it with my other family members. I will often make her a piece of chicken to have with dinner, and I am guilty of buying her the occasional Happy Meal.
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2011 06:02:08 PM »

My son is 5 and really doesn't like meat either.  I offer it, but he mostly lives off veggies and bread and cereal.  he will eat eggs, and the occasional meat, but i mostly have to sneak protein in the bread he eats.
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2011 09:30:10 PM »

Does anyone have an explanation to this?  Why does a child become vegetarians without a cause?  I mean, they didn't know anything about animal rights yet, as adult vegetarians do.  Is it just simply a difference in taste buds? Maybe. Huh
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2011 03:47:26 AM »

Both my husband and I are vegetarians (and I'm mostly vegan) but our son will be raised eating meat since we have access to locally raised animals who have lived healthy, ethical lives.
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2011 06:20:59 AM »

Does anyone have an explanation to this?  Why does a child become vegetarians without a cause?  I mean, they didn't know anything about animal rights yet, as adult vegetarians do.  Is it just simply a difference in taste buds? Maybe. Huh
so far as I know, there is no explanation for it.  all I know is it is quite common.
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