tonight, sitting down to our sunday evening roast my beautiful daughter (6) says "i am not eating meat anymore, because it is cruel" prior to becoming a roadworker i was head chef at Willow Cafe in Mogo. we specialized in vegetarion, vegan and all kinds of alternative cuisine, so i am by no way biased as to which is a better way of living. Nor do i want to enter in to discussions as to which is the BEST way to live.... i asked my child why she had thought this and she said "mrs 'so and so' said it was cruel, so we shouldnt eat animals" my problem isnt with the issue as to whether a person is vegetarian or other but because this particular teacher obviously impressed upon MY child that eating meat was BAD! how do i mould my child to be a good person if they are guided by people who are so one-eyed? my parenting tactics are to bring them up to the best of my ability, and then when they are old enough, i will support them in whatever they wish to do/be. i feel like i have been robbed. my response to my daughter was as follows- "courtney, eating meat doesnt make you a bad person, its just that some people dont like to eat it for their own reasons. if you like to eat it, eat it.....but i wont make you." she ate her dinner after that. thoughts? :? :?