Being Honest With Your Children About Where Meat Comes From
Compassion Champs promotes honesty between parents and their children about the origins of the piece of meat on their plate. If you feel the need to hide the truth about meat from your child, then we encourage you to question why you are taking part in the meat eating behavior in the first place. Children deserve the respect to make their own decisions about whether they want to partake in violence toward animals, as this decision will affect them for the rest of their lives.
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Resources For Parents With Curious Children
Ruby Roth is a pioneer in helping families tell the truth about how animals are used in our society as well as bringing families together preparing yummy kid friendly foods. These books will change your life and help you explain difficult realities to your children in a well thought out manner.
That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals uses colorful artwork and lively text to introduce vegetarianism and veganism to early readers (ages six to ten). Written and illustrated by Ruby Roth, the book features an endearing animal cast of pigs, turkeys, cows, quail, turtles, and dolphins. These creatures are shown in both their natural state-rooting around, bonding, nuzzling, cuddling, grooming one another, and charming each other with their family instincts and rituals — and in the terrible conditions of the factory farm.
In Vegan Is Love, author-illustrator Ruby Roth introduces young readers to veganism as a lifestyle of compassion and action. Broadening the scope of her popular first book That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, Roth illustrates how our daily choices ripple out locally and globally, conveying what we can do to protect animals, the environment, and people across the world.
Experts tell us the best way to teach kids healthy eating habits is to involve them in the process. This irresistibe cookbook presents 60 appealing recipes kids will beg to make themselves, in fun and charming illustrations they will love. Bursting with color, humor, cute animal characters, and cool facts. Help Yourself empowers children to take charge of their own nutrition — for now and for life!
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Opposition From Family Members
When you make the decision to go plant based, you are likely to experience some pushback from your family members who have not made the change. In general, people are afraid of change – more than that, your very decision to go plant based is confronting long held traditional eating that your family still holds dear.
Generally, if you have gone vegan you are passionate about animals, the planet or your own health. Your passion about these topics may fuel you to want to educate everyone around you – and at that very moment where you want to scream from the mountain tops about all you have learned — you should reassess the best way to effectively communicate with your loved ones.
Try to remember how you felt when you ate animal products — the words “I love animals” probably escaped your mouth as you were having a BLT lunch with your friends and family. You probably really did love animals and simply weren’t aware of the part you were playing in their suffering.
In your approach to family and friends, have compassion that you are asking them to make a big change in the way they think. You are asking them to accept that they have been lied to their entire lives about where their food comes from, you are asking them to accept that they have taken part and supported outright animal cruelty.
Rather than attacking them, or responding in an angry manner when they make silly jokes about your plant based choices — simply tell them your story. Explain how you came to your decision. Lead with the fact that you were just like them in the not so far distant past and follow up with how you found the courage to face the truth.
The most important thing you can do for the animals is to be an effective advocate on their behalf – because they have no voice. As angry as you are about their suffering, pointing the finger at others is not going to win them over. If you are strong enough to maintain a plant based diet — you are also strong enough to effectively advocate for animals and not just be angry at the world.
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