Going to a party…
When your child is invited to a birthday party, it is important to ask the host what kind of food they will be serving and let them know what your vegan child can and cannot eat, in the same way in which the parent of a child who suffers allergies or food intolerances would do. Hopefully, the host might make an effort to include some vegan food in the mix, but it is a good idea to be prepared otherwise, as even with the best intentions, a host may mistakenly believe one food or another to be vegan.
We recommend bringing delicious vegan food either way, not only for your own child to enjoy, but for the others as well. If the hosts are keen to include a vegan option, help them out with some great vegan recipes or suggest places where they can buy vegan food. Making veganism simple and accessible is a great way to open up their minds to the delights of the vegan lifestyle.
If for whatever reason your child ends up at a party without any vegan food in sight, just remember…
we go to parties to play, not to eat!
If you are hosting the party…
As a vegan parent, you wish for other people to accommodate and include your child in activities, so make sure you are inclusive of other people’s children who may have allergies and intolerances when hosting your own party. Willingly providing food for children who suffer allergies and intolerances will open doors for others to reciprocate with your child.
If you or someone else is struggling to find party food ideas for vegans here is an extensive list of foods to help you out! Remember to also check out our Vegan Cheat Sheet.
One of the challenges we face when transitioning to living as a vegan is navigating the relationships with those we hold close. Unfortunately just because our family loves us, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are going to make the same connections that we have made between the food we eat and the animals that we care about. Sadly, they may never become vegans themselves.
It is important to keep supporting your teenager throughout their high school years, now that they are becoming more independent they can start advocating for veganism themselves.
There are a few important things you can do to help your vegan child begin their kindergarten or primary school years stress free.
Speak to children about veganism and animal rights with the view that their perspective will be to become empowered to create positive change.
Do you or your child want to be vegan, but are unsure how to make it work for school? Need some tips and tricks to get you started? We have the solution, and it’s exciting, healthy and quick (no lies!).