Thinking of taking up knitting or crocheting but pausing at the thought of being limited to boring cotton yarn? Fret no more! Jenn Wisebeck explores the world of luxuriously soft, chunky funky, handspun, and naturally dyed vegan yarns.
A bonus of our pop-making hobby is that our kids have learned a lot about nutrition. We talk about what ingredients we’ve chosen and why. They also love to help us “shop for pops,” and making them together is a family affair.
With just a little planning, you can ensure that your kids’ dietary needs are met with a nutritious and delicious meal that’s also quick and easy. Here are some “A+” breakfast ideas to help your school-aged kids start the day off right.
Getting children engaged in the summer in ways that cultivate stimulation for the mind helps them establish good habits and spend their time well learning while having fun. Here are some activities that might break up the mundanity and even encourage mental growth.
As we walk I can see that my children are happy. Regularly taking this walk and visiting the animals has become an important part of our lives. I walk in silence and think about some of the virtues my children are learning from the very beginning of their lives through vegetarianism: compassion, caring and kindness are a few.
his holiday season, take a few moments to plan fun, meaningful activities with your children. Even in the midst of holiday chaos, the Holidays can retain some of their original meaning.
Children may soon feel the dietary minority upon entering school; I didn’t want them feeling that way in our own home during storytime. I began consciously searching out books that I didn’t have to veganize, and that reinforced the values we want to share.
With a little planning, your child’s Halloween will be just as fun, scary, and sweet as the Halloween’s you remember.
Don’t let the table become a battleground. Here are a few ways to make meals enjoyable for the whole family and to help your child develop a healthy attitude toward food.
The next time we called my parents, my daughter proudly informed them she was vegetarian. That’s when it came: The Talk.
Vegans face a myriad of concerns as they make choices in raising a vegan child. Challenges are around every corner and include not only food but family, friends, health care, school and more. Crystal Hansen, a vegan mom of two, shares five important factors vegan parents should be prepared to face. #1 Know the appropriate health requirements: Realize that a vegan diet can meet all of your baby and child’s nutritional needs, but...
My son’s doctor told my wife that he is not gaining weight at a fast enough rate and that he needs to start drinking whole dairy milk as opposed to the rice milk that I was beginning to give him.
Can you tell me how to be sure my baby gets her 23 grams/day of protein and not be so dependent on dairy and eggs?
With some preparation, finding foods that you feel good about giving your family will be a snap. The fun and simple act of eating will likely become the channel for your family to meet new people, learn new customs and expand your world!
It is recommended that everyone consume at least 3 servings of vegetables each day. Most children eat 1-2 servings of vegetables each day. For many children these servings are not broccoli but rather French fries.
For me, being vegan always meant that I didn’t eat any foods that contained animal products. I never really understood the real power of being a vegan until very recently.
Before you indulge your children (or yourself) by purchasing those neon-colored snacks and drinks (read: blue sports drinks), you might ask yourself: Are these artificially colored foods really harmless? Our food sleuths have a few colorful words to say about the matter.
How can I get my daughter to eat more vegetables when she hates anything green?
Learn how to make a clay that you can then use to make toys for yourself, or something for mom and dad!
Make a cute frame or even a refrigerator magnet with popsicle sticks
Whether fizzy, smelly, gooey, tasty, or astonishing to witness, having the opportunity to mix, combine, and play with the reaction of a variety of materials is a wonder-filled way to concoct thinking, creativity, and fun.
Peter Hromadko, a single parent, was shocked to learn that his daughter would not be coming home that evening; the state was taking her because she was being raised on a vegetarian diet.
Your child’s safety and freedom are both important issues. S/he has a constitutional right to a free public education, no matter what.
I can persuade. I can educate. I can even twist a few arms. But ultimately the choice about what they put into their bodies should be theirs.
I will admit that many vegetarian children do decide to experiment with other foods at some time. The reality is that some even give up being vegetarian at all for a time, even for life. However, there is a number who do not, who choose to maintain a vegetarian diet throughout their lives.
We humans are social animals; designed to move; built to live and love nature; to grow and mature by doing. So encourage the kids play outside, let their brains and bodies grow, and let them experience some of the greatest joys of life.
Yes, everyone has different colored eyes, different beliefs and different tastes. We all talk different, live in different places, read different books and sing different songs, and that’s ok. The world would be boring if we were all the same
It is up to parents and caregivers to teach children how to handle being put on the spot. Everybody likes to fit in but at the same time, we all like to feel special
People always assume that my children are denied cute cakes and tasty ice cream. They assume wrong. Vegans can and do throw awesome parties.
Teaching the basics of good eating is one of the most important steps a parent can take to prevent childhood obesity and help children understand excellent nutrition. Another important step is to live what we teach.
Lifelong eating patterns are established in childhood. Thus, getting vegetarian meals into schools will do more than satisfy the very important goal of providing a warm vegan or vegetarian lunch to your children and their friends.
Early preventative steps – and early precautions – maybe parents’ only defense against the likelihood of autism. It seems the wait for any definitive answers is going to be long.
Investing time and energy into teaching your caregiver about vegan life will give you peace of mind. More important, however, is welcoming warmly into your lives the person who will be caring for the most cherished members of your family.
If you’re like me, you have children and you have parents. If, like me, one set eats animals and the other doesn’t, you, too, may have experienced “The Talk.”
When it comes to Best is that we want to keep our tuition low so all children can attend, and still offer the best programs, such as the vegetarian food program, to better their lives. Not only affluent families should be able to send their children to a center of the highest quality.
VegNews recently threw out the question, “Should kids have the freedom to choose whether or not they eat meat?”
There is a great likelihood that your children will meet non vegan kids they want to hang out with. But this doesn’t have to be an eating catastrophe. Kindness, patience, and respect go a long way. You’ll be amazed at the impact you can have just by being nice.
All of these sweets are really good. And they are good to animals, too. All you have to do is ask whichever one of your parents is the King or Queen of Sweets to buy them for you.
I don’t normally take my children to fast food restaurants, preferring to provide them with healthy meals I can make at home. However, it is important for my children to know what foods are available for them at all restaurants in the event that they ever eat out without me.
Tired of the same lunch day after day? Here are some fresh ideas to liven up your next midday meal.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death among children ages one to four, in part because it can happen so quickly. It only takes a few seconds for a child to drown, and small children can drown in just a few inches of water in a bathtub, a toilet or a bucket
The shocking revelation about my diet always led to the same comments and disgusted grimaces, “How can you eat that junk?” When I mentioned my vegan children, things got downright nasty. Accusations about poor nutrition flew and some conversations even ended with people walking off in a huff.
Children being raised on vegan diets won’t feel any different from non-vegan kids. The trick is to include substitutes for popular kiddie treats so vegan children won’t feel out of place with their non-vegan peers.
How can I make being a vegan as sacred for him as it is for me? How do show him the meaning of veganism without scaring him or scarring him? The answers that I’ve found lie in taking baby steps.
No matter which camp you’re in, if you’re a parent or guardian, at some point you probably asked yourself, “Should I take the kids?” It’s worth questioning the impact of street protests on children, since such events can involve both a learning experience in self-expression. Should children really tag along?
Cooking teaches children the spirit of cooperation, a little bit of math, and a smidgen of chemistry; but best of all, it teaches them to appreciate the effort and artistry that goes into the preparation of food.
When I have commented that I have opossums living with me, people usually say what disgusting animals they are. Opossums are the garbage men of nature. We need them to clean up the dead things. They are good for the environment.
If a cone was dripping in the scorching sun, I was quick to lick it up for them. But, then, my daughter announced that she could no longer support modern dairy farming practices or the torturing of chickens.
Obento, or boxed meal, is an art form in Japan. Japanese mothers spend an enormous amount of time and energy constructing the perfect obento—balancing taste, color, and texture.
Essentially, each parent must develop their own way of explaining veganism to their kids, placing the importance on what you say as well as how you say it.
With some commitment, effort, and time, our communities can become more vegetarian-friendly. All it takes is a plan, a support network, speaking out, and a little education.
Why are more and more people choosing homeschooling for their kids? There are many pros, a few subjective cons, and a plethora of myths and misconceptions.
By raising our children to not take the lives of animals for granted, even in the casual sense, will inspire in them a deeper respect and love for our fellow earth-mates.
I knew that someday soon I would have a talk with her and gently explain to her what pork, veal, and beef were. But for now I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t have the heart to tell an innocent child, someone who sheds tears over dead insects, that her beloved animal friends were potential meals.
Many parents are taking note of yoga’s benefits and the positive effect it can have on kids, helping them to alleviate stress in addition to improving their attitudes about body image. Yoga has become a constructive outlet for kids of all ages, allowing them to release stress and tension in a controlled yet fun environment.
Horror of horrors! Gasp with a capital G! Where is a well meaning vegetarian parent to turn for aid and assistance in this, the most trying of trying times?
Why are we so taken aback when our teenage son announces his plan to go vegetarian? And why are we shocked into further disbelief when he decides to deepen his commitment by eliminating eggs and dairy? I know why.
My friends don’t fully understand all my reasoning for becoming vegan. Sometimes it can be difficult…
What is one to do, when grandma is insulted you won’t try her gravy, and uncle teases you for caring for four-legged beings?
From scrutinizing every product label to navigating tense social gatherings; life can best be defined as a struggle for the vegan. To be teenage and vegan is a particularly volatile mix.
As difficult as it may seem, the parenting style has to shift from being the boss to being a consultant. Now, no one is saying here that there aren’t any rules, but they are more flexible and more subject to negotiation.
Maybe it’s that we’re already open to “alternative” lifestyles, or that we see it as an extension of our natural living. Or maybe those other families realize that allowing our children to learn at home gives us the opportunity to instill strong vegetarian values without the conflict inherent in public school curriculum assignments related to nutrition, health, animals, and the environment.
One of my favorite things about the vegetarian community is the unusual generosity and compassion that permeates from within. Extending this to the disenfranchised veggie teen and their parents could very well make the difference.
Unlike being a vegetarian, veganism is not a diet. It’s a lifestyle. But for those of us teens who are at the place where they feel these changes are necessary in your life, this article is for you!
by Tammie Ortlieb I was vegan for three months. Religiously, I loaded my plate with leafy greens, deep reds, soy this, soy that, and a sprinkling of nuts and berries any mother would be proud of. I experimented with egg substitutes, dairy alternatives, and even a sampling of foods I couldn’t pronounce. I was beaming from my newfound accomplishment and noticeably healthier. It was the drive-thru that did me in. Four kids in...
Being vegetarian in college is not always easy, but despite the obstacles that may arise, it is still very possible to stay true to you dietary convictions while living on your own at school.
Nothing puts us in the spotlight as parents like making a decision that is not only unpopular with your child but also with others who are watching. Here are a few ideas for things you can do make sure your child’s party experience is enjoyable, before you even head out the door
Companies with a green perspective are looking to balance what’s most important in a child’s shoe—durability and flexibility—with materials and methods that are better for the planet.
Easter has become your standard commercial holiday, but like all holidays, there is no reason why it can’t be good vegan fun for your children.
I eagerly checked my beauties the very next morning, expecting, of course, that they would be huge and flowering and giving all sorts of indication of future use in salads, side dishes, and organic sustenance. They were not any of these things. They were the same, the same as when I had laid them into the earth. So, I did what any good gardener would do.
Encouraging your child to swap high-fat and sugary snacks for fruit and vegetables can save you money in the long run and greatly benefit their health.
Vegetarianism can be a rewarding, healthful way to eat. Discover with your child new foods, experiment with recipes, and search out others you know who follow a plant based diet. Make a game out of finding as many veggie options as possible on menus at local restaurants. Let the kids help with the grocery list. Grow your own vegetables or stop off at farmers’ markets.
Flaxseeds have the highest alpha-linolenic acid content of any food – 57% of the oil in flax is alpha-linoleic acid (omega-3). They contain about 3½ times as much omega-3 fatty acids as omega-6 fatty acids.
Flaxseed oil is a hot topic these days. Yet if you’ve gone so far as to buy it, you may still be wondering what to do with it. Some people enjoy its buttery, nutty taste, but to me and others, it has an unpleasant, just-tolerable taste. If the oil is languishing in your fridge, the following suggestions may help you put it to use.
What can you expect from boys who have eaten meat all their life, suddenly told that their parents have decided that they will never eat animal products again? Where do you draw the line between teaching a valuable lesson and allowing them some of the carefree aspects of childhood?
Kids need more fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains and fewer greasy hamburgers, chicken nuggets, and French fries. Learning how to eat right is a lesson that will benefit them for life.
Whether it be playing catch with the little ones when dad’s still at work, acting as a big brother to older siblings who feel they are too old to have a babysitter or just having an extra pair of hands to handle some heavy lifting around the house, parents are looking to mannies as the ideal solution to keep kids focused, active and more involved when parents can’t be there themselves.
The good news for vegan parents is that the vegan diet passes this test with flying colours. Vegan children usually eat more fruits and vegetables than their meat-eating counterparts. They are rarely sick and have few food allergies.
With menu options such as ham and cheese melt, chicken nuggets, fried chicken, cheeseburgers, and cheese sandwich and soup, a parent can be hard pressed to find a vegan friendly main course on the typical Sodexho lunch line.
Every generation of mothers has sought ways to keep their daughters young; however, today the influences are coming not only from the physical world of toys and television, but from the online world as well.
To many, parenting at this stage appears easy and there is no way of appreciating just what lies ahead.
Accept that there are situations you cannot change and go on with your life in as positive and joyful a way as you can. Your children, family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers, and others will notice, and your environment will change – if only from your own perspective.
Vegan and vegetarian toddlers are just as susceptible to weight gain as other children. By choosing foods carefully and taking their nutritional needs into consideration as well as being mindful of the foods they should limit, you can prevent your little one from having such weight issues.
When you talk to others about vegetarianism, your son or daughter will learn about problems. When you treat others with compassion, your son or daughter will learn about solutions.
Dr. Linda Folden Palmer shares her list of reasons why you should remove dairy from your child’s diet.
Include a wide variety of foods in the diet of your vegan toddler. By selecting foods according to this guide, you can be sure your little vegan dynamo is well nourished!
Researchers have found that those of us living in developed countries carry around quite a toxic burden in our bodies from the constant exposure to various chemicals. Is this is being passed along to breastfed babies?
With more and more evidence of the potential harful effects of some chemicals used in making toys, lawmakers and advocacy groups are fighting to make toys safe from harmful chemicals.
There are many ways to not only slim down and feel more alive, but also show our children that health is a priority.
It is only natural for your child’s eyes to wander and notice, and be envious of, what the other kids are eating. Here are a few tips that may help your child’s lunch be healthy, fun and get noticed by the other kids.
Activism, it seems, is a practice that encourages vigorous action in support of some controversial subject. To bully, on the other hand, is to browbeat or treat abusively.
As young as possible, children should be taken to a farm, to a food co-op, to a neighbor’s garden. They should be shown how supper began.
Your child’s future shouldn’t include the aftermath of years of bullying. When necessary, take your concerns to the highest authority and put a stop to bullying in your child’s school and community.
One of the most serious adverse effects of vaccines is that they cause the very diseases they’re meant to prevent.
Yang has found her experience as a daycare provider both rewarding and tiring. Yet as a single mother Yang is grateful that she’s been able to provide for her and her daughter as well as positively influencing the lives of other children and their families.
Children who are not fed dairy products enjoy: Far less colic. Far less osteoporosis. Reduced childhood cancer. Drastically reduced chance of developing Type I Diabetes. Drastically reduced chance of developing Type II Diabetes
Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as you may think. A lot of it is just relying on your own motherly intuition about when your baby is ready for solid food. Here are a few guidelines to help you get started.
Just the wealth of information this book offers makes it a must have on your parenting book shelf.
Clearly, we can educate our children without purposefully exposing them to potentially violent situations. If you choose to bring your children to a protest, consider these important factors.
We know that purchasing organic crib sheets, mattresses and baby clothes is better for the environment-but does it really make any difference in terms of the baby’s health?
After the birth of our third child, my life changed. I discovered the amazing benefits of babywearing.
Finding good childcare is always a daunting task, and it’s doubly so when your child has a special diet. Nanny-sharing may be just the solution you need!
For eco-conscious parents, life is full of choices. It’s not enough to worry how chemicals will affect one’s child; how will all those products designed for bringing up baby exact a toll on the environment?
I have two philosophies about the different carriers: one: I wish I had found out about them sooner and two: I’m glad I didn’t or I would have spent a lot of money on all the wonderful types that are available!
As parents, making our own baby products on the basis of all natural ingredients not only saves us money, but also ensures that our babies’ delicate immune systems and developing bodies are not unduly taxed by toxic and allergenic ingredients.
Some moms want to delay solids as long as possible, but solid food will help provide your baby with nutrients and energy, and she’ll begin to develop a taste for solid foods. Encourage that.
Many parents don’t realize that making baby food at home is a simple and economical plan to provide your baby with the best in quality, nutrition and taste. Let us show you how!
The daycare was very traditional and had no clue what a vegan was. The furthest knowledge they had in the area were the children that were lactose intolerant and had to drink “special” soymilk instead of cow’s milk.
Yes, babies, toddlers and children need good quality oils in their diets. Here’s a rundown of what they need and how to make sure they get it.
“I’m trying to keep him covered,” I replied meekly. “That’s why I’m wearing this dress, but he won’t let me cover his face.” “Well, honey,” she replied. “You’re making a spectacle of yourself. Nursing is wonderful, isn’t it? Next time, you remember to bring a tea towel.”
Researchers have found that infants fed with human breast milk have lower rates of hospital admissions, ear infections, diarrhea, rashes and allergies than bottle-fed babies.
Why wouldn’t you want to hold your baby? Babies smell good. They’re cute and funny. They are only this little once – and it goes by so fast. Once it’s gone , it’s gone – so don’t waste it!
Whether you are faced with the challenge of nursing a dairy allergic child or if you are ready to go dairy-free, you need not feel deprived.
Most of you probably know how important it is to breastfeed your baby, but it’s even more important when you’re vegan.
Essential differences between formula and breast milk mean that the benefits of breastfeeding extend into toddler-hood and exist as long as breastfeeding continues.
Homemade baby food will cost less than $100, saving your family up to a whopping $500 or more! And before you say” but who has the time”, read this articles to see how easy it can be.
There are several safe essential oils that can provide relief for baby ailments such as restlessness, colic, or insomnia.
One of the most serious adverse effects of vaccines is that they cause the very diseases they’re meant to prevent.
by Mary Eileen Finch “I’d love to have more children, but babies are just too expensive!” a friend of mine recently said. I hear this often and I always smile and bite my tongue. My eight-year-old daughter however, is not so restrained. She replied, “Well, our babies are free!” She’s right of course; we’ve learned that having a baby doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, just...
Save yourself the space and cash. Here is a list of 10 things you absolutely do not need in order to have a baby. There are many others, but this should get you started.
Here’s a look at what’s new in the organic cloth diapering world.
Thanks to the technology era, there are now many alternatives to dissection that teachers can use in their biology and science classes that don’t require the use of real animals. These teaching aids are available in the form of CD-ROMs, software, models, videos, and anatomy charts. Following is a list of companies that offer humane alternatives to dissection. See if your teacher or school will order from these companies in lieu...
I didn’t have the heart to tell an innocent child, someone who sheds tears over dead insects, that her beloved animal friends were potential meals.
By Dr. Mary Bove, N.D. Many moms come to my practice asking which herbs are safe for pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, and if herbal medicine is safe to use for their kids. With the media focusing primarily on the dangers of using herbs, it’s no wonder that women question the safety of botanical medicine for their families. Although fear makes for a better news story, the truth is that many plants have been used safely (longer...