When parenting, explaining difficult concepts to our kids (as race, politics or sexuality) is one of the most difficult things to do. This is true for many subjects but vegan parents may find additional challenges.
How could you explain veganism to your children without confusing them more? How to make them understand this without exposing them to harsh realities they may not be ready to know?
Veganism should be explained in the kindest yet most practical way possible. Our children must be able to understand why their parents have chosen this lifestyle even if the alternatives seem more appealing, like eating meat or drinking sugar-packed sodas.
As a vegan parent, you must not expect your kids to figure veganism out on their own. On the contrary, you are the main responsible for the situation, giving them the tools to comprehend the lifestyle and make their own informed decisions when the time comes. So, how to do such a thing?
Awareness Without the Brutal Truth
You may think that showing your kids the brutal reality is the very best, most effective way to put your kids on the vegan way. Just put a video of animals being brutally slaughtered or a beach being poisoned with factory-produced toxic waste and your children will automatically become vegans, right?
Things rarely work this way. This shock-based treatment will probably do more damage than good. That’s why you must avoid at all cost the kind of brutal footage that we put away from our young ones in order to protect them.
While many vegans decided to take this journey because of the injustice and cruelty out there, the brutal truth may not be suitable for small children, who are extremely susceptible. Avoid leaving a scar on your kids by being too harsh.
One of the friendliest ways to introduce veganism in our kids’ lives is through books. There are many remarkable books that deliver powerful messages about veganism and they are thought for children to read alongside their parents. You probably remember morals and lessons from books you have read as a kid. This is because what strikes us as little children, for good or bad, will accompany us for the rest of our lives.
Some great options you have in terms of books are Dave Loves Chickens by Carlos Patino, Care for Our World by Karen Robbins, Sprig the Rescue Pig by Leslie Crawford, Linus the Vegetarian T. Rex by Robert Neubecker, That's Why We Don't Eat Animals by Ruby Roth, and Not A Nugget by Stephanie Dreyer.
What these books try to achieve is to deliver a powerful message about the way we interact with animals and how they suffer because of our unnecessary desire of treating them as food. Nothing brutal but children-friendly tales that provide a silver lining.
Making the Most from Online Resources
If you are reading this, it means two things: first, you are interested in explaining veganism to your children, and second, you have an Internet connection. This also means that you have a world of rich possibilities just a click away.
Browsing Youtube only, you will be able to find dozens of videos explaining veganism, sustainability, eco-friendly consumption, and more. These videos, of course, have made exclusively for kids, using cartoons alongside the most appropriate teaching methods available. Just browse and you'll be surprised.
Creating a Connection
This is a challenge that may take longer to overcome. Some children may say that they understand veganism and express or communicate no doubts at the moment. And the truth is that they may also believe that they understand what it needs to be understood. However, there is plenty to be aware of.
Besides having lots of patience down the road, our recommendation for vegan parents is to create experiences. In the end, experiences are the most impactful resource we have when trying to teach something, to successfully make a point.
While theory can be transferred through books and videos online, you will finally achieve your goals when creating a positive experience for your kids. If you truly want to explain veganism to your children and leave a long-lasting lesson, nurture relationships between them and animals.
Something like joining a community to save dogs, cats, ducks, or any other animals that need our help and love is a superb idea. This way, kids can connect with the core of veganism, consciousness, and eco-friendliness. Loving animals by helping them is a powerful way of teaching a valuable lesson.If you want to explain veganism to your children in a productive way, go further and don’t stay with theory. Teach your kids that veganism is a form of loving other living beings, a choice to stop cruelty and be more kind to our world. Empower them truly to make a difference.