When school objects to your vegan kids. Now what?

by | August 22, 2018

As parents, we want what is best for our children and it is our job to guide them through their childhood and instill our knowledge and wisdom into them. Regardless of whether your child is at a friend’s house, school, summer camp, or grandma’s, your decisions as their parent should always be respected. Sadly, this is not always the case and sometimes another authority figure in your child’s life can be blatantly against your views.

Vegan Kids in School 

School teachers are usually incredible and important people in our vegan kids lives, they can help us to open our children’s minds, give them new perspectives, encourage them to solve problems, and learn from others. Not only that, but they are around your child for roughly six hours each day, which gives them plenty of time to make a lasting impact.

Entrusting the lives of one’s children to the schooling system takes a huge amount of faith and confidence in what they are teaching, so it can cause an extremely uneasy feeling when you feel like your parenting decisions are not fully supported by the system. Specifically, one should not have to worry that their children’s teachers and their support staff are trying to change their views on veganism and living cruelty-free. No one should have to sit at work or home worrying about what animal-based foods are being offered to their little vegan.

So, what can you do? What can you say to the teachers and principals who are wary of the lifestyle?

vegan kids

Show that you are keen to bring snacks for the class on party days, encourage the teacher to try them and see how delicious and feel-good they are! Speak to your child on a regular basis about why your family is vegan, and what that means. Give your child the tools to be able to recognize non-vegan food, the confidence to say no and the information to back themselves up. If teachers see that the child is just as passionate about not eating animals or consuming their byproducts in any way, they are more likely to accept it.

Unfortunately, there may come a time when you need to prove how beneficial having your children be vegan kids is to the school in order for them to respect your lifestyle. Nobody wants to have their child pricked with a needle, but If it comes down to it, you can have your children’s blood work done. Sometimes you need to give people hard evidence from a Doctor in order to be taken seriously, it’s unfortunate, but that’s how it is. Once you’ve done this, ask for a meeting at the school with any education staff who are in opposition to a vegan lifestyle. During this meeting, bring facts with you showing all the benefits that go along eating a plant-based diet; environmental, ethical, health… and also bring along your child’s blood work.

By displaying a wide variety of reputable facts, along with incredible blood work numbers, it would be pure stubbornness if the teachers and other staff we’re objecting your decision to raise your child on a plant-based diet. Sometimes, switching schools may be necessary, however, it is not always an option, and not very convenient. Additionally, there’s no guarantee you’d have any more success there. Homeschooling and unschooling are options to consider, but again, may not work for everyone.

As a parent, other authority figures in your children’s lives should always respect your choices and decisions. Having another adult override your authority is extremely disrespectful and certainly not something we should have going on in our school system. Stand your ground, stick up for your family, and remember that you are doing the right thing.

Do you have vegan kids going back to school soon? How did you handle the naysayers? 

Emily Kru

I grew up on the West Coast of Canada and currently live in Northern California with my amazing husband and our beautiful vegan daughter. I love researching all of the amazing benefits that go hand in hand with being plant-based, so I was thrilled to find Raise Vegan and become an active writer for this inspiring team. When I’m not writing for Raise Vegan, you can find me on Instagram!



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