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Raising Vegan Children in a Non-Vegan World: A Complete Guide for Parents Paperback – January 1, 2003

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...fills a previous void in literature; the social aspects of being vegan. A great help for any vegan parent. -- Vegan.nu, January 2003

A comprehensive resource for vegan families. Filled with in-depth information, practical tips, and helpful suggestions for every situation. -- Peggy O'Mara, Editor and Publisher, Mothering magazine

I recommend this book most highly. It gifts us with a beautiful vision, and a healthier future for us all. -- Michael Klaper, M.D., Author, Pregnancy, Children, and the Vegan Diet

No problem is too difficult for the author to solve. She makes it all sound so achievable. -- Vegan Voice Magazine, March - May 2003

This book ... goes beyond the basics to help parents successfully navigate life as vegans in any stage of parenting. Indispensable! -- Melanie Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, Vegetarian Baby and Child magazine

About the Author

Erin Pavlina is the Editor of VegFamily.com magazine, a monthly ezine covering all aspects of vegan family living.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: VegFamily.com (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972510206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972510202
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bringing up children in the healthiest way is a daunting task for any parent, but vegan families have special concerns. From wondering if your children will get adequate nutrition to questions about whether they should take a trip to the zoo, vegan parents may feel pressured to compromise their beliefs.

"Raising Vegan Children in a Non-Vegan World" defines a vegan as someone who doesn't eat meat, dairy products, eggs, or any food not of plant origin, such as honey. It also states vegans avoid wearing clothing made from animal products. They don't use cleaning products or cosmetics made from or tested on animals. They also avoid amusement where animals are confined, such as zoos or circuses. The book cites compelling reasons for a vegan lifestyle. The number one being the mistreatment of animals used for human consumption. It also lists health benefits of omitting animal products from your diet.

This complete guide for vegan parents deals with issues that arise at each stage of a child's development. You'll get advice for feeding children from toddler age to teens that ensures they get required nutrients. Tips are included for avoiding hidden animal ingredients at home and while eating out. You'll learn that beans are sometimes made with animal fat, soy cheeses may contain casein or rennet, and even bread may contain whey.

Parents learn how to choose a day care or preschool that will cater to their child's special diet and how to constructively deal with problems that may arise. When children enter school, a new set of potential issues arise. This book gives advice on dealing with teachers and school staff, handling bullies and teasing, school parties, field trips, fundraisers, and dissection. Pavlina also gives advice on explaining vegan choices to children.
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It's about time someone wrote a book just for us vegan parents. My children are still very young and I've been searching for a book that will help me get an idea of the challenges we are going to face once my kids get to school. This book answered every question I had, and then some!
The book was also a fast read, not all scientific and authoritative. Just good, honest, practical advice and tips. I read the book in just two sittings; in fact, I couldn't put it down once I started because the writing flowed really well.
Highlights include:
-- How to explain to teachers and day care workers what your child's needs are.
-- How to deal with doctors, friends, and family who might disagree with your chosen lifestyle.
-- Great ideas for how to transition children to veganism, no matter what their age is.
-- A pretty decent nutrition section that covers the most important nutrients your kids need, and written in a format that I understood easily.
-- A chapter that includes great travel tips if you're vegan.
-- My favorite chapter, the one on Social Situations. She covers everything like birthday parties, holidays, summer camp, finding other vegan families in your neighborhood, etc. I found so many of those tips useful in my daily life.
-- I enjoyed the chapter on compassion in action, but felt she could have taken that one a lot further than she did.
Overall, though, a fantastic book, and I highly recommend it to parents who have vegan kids. I plan to re-read it often as my children get older and start to encounter new situations.
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Answers questions you may not have considered (especially for those of us with young babies who are just trying to figure this stuff out). Guides you in ways to address daycare/school issues and makes you feel like you're not alone in dealing with the 'food issue' when your child is in someone else's care. It's easy to read and very helpful in detailing ways to answer some of those ridiculous questions that people always ask about...I highly recommend this book.
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A breezy-read, yet information-packed, Erin Pavilna's book makes it easy to be a vegan family. She provides the basics of being vegan and ideas about how to help the children transition to a vegan life-style. She explains what is healthy about veganism as well as how to stay healthy as a vegan family. Schools, doctors, social events, so many challenges. Pavlina brings ideas to help you through all the sticky situations. Finally, she brings great ideas on staying more planet-frienldy, and some great recipes that kids are going to gobble up. REVIEWER: Dr. Linda Palmer, author "Baby Matters, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Caring for Your Baby."
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This book gave me the information, encouragement and courage I needed to continue my pursuit of vegan living. In my opinion it is the "Vegan Bible" for vegan families covering such topics as nutrition, helping children transition, schools and daycare, social situations, traveling and even recipes. I really can't think of a question a concerned parent may have that wouldn't be answered in this book. As for the other 3 star ratings, I just don't see the basis for such unwarranted critisism from fellow vegans. If you need answers, encouragement and guidance then by all means get this book. I still refer back to mine for advice or a little confirmation now and then.
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