My Teenager Suddenly Wants To Be A Vegan!
I wonder if you could help. I have a bit of a family food issue on my hands.
Recently my 14-year-old daughter, Megan, announced that she wanted to go vegan – and has since converted to a strict vegan diet. It’s been really difficult in the kitchen department as Megan has three brothers and a younger sister who all eat meat – and her dad and I are also meat lovers too!
Mealtimes have become a bit of a battleground as Megan has become very fussy about how I prepare her meals and insists that I use separate knives, pans and chopping boards. Plus she’s started lecturing the rest of the family about how bad meat is and that our diets are cruel and selfish.
I want to respect my daughter’s choice but it’s driving us all a little crazy . . .
Kathy, New England
Oh how I feel your pain! I hate meal prep in the first place and adding special instructions adds another layer of frustration to the mix. As I said in my book, Good Enough Mother; The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting, (I am paraphrasing here) “this is dinner not a diner so sit down and eat!” Okay, my answer will focus on reasons and results.