Being a parent is probably the most important social role a person can take on.
And being a vegan parent is the most challenging form of parenting.
That’s because vegan parents are guiding children to be part of the very tiny minority of humans who prioritize empathy, ethics, and integrity when it comes to how they interact with animals and the earth.
Vegan parenting takes place within the cruel confines of a technoindustrial grid built from the blood and bones of innocent animals and the planet.
In a world where our entire human culture and infrastructure is constructed from gouging and otherwise using up the earth and its processes, and from imprisoning, exploiting, and killing BILLIONS of animals yearly, it’s hard to raise a gentle, kind, self-restrained child who believes harming animals and the earth is wrong.
Our entire capitalist society is based on a con game in which individuals and businesses capture our minds as soon as we’re born so they can control what we perceive, think, and believe.
The biggest con of all tells we’re the “best” animal on the planet, so we have the right to do whatever we want to the planet and all other animals.
This is why 99.9% of the people think that torturing, killing, and eating other sentient animals is absolutely acceptable.
Hunting and fishing are enshrined as “nice outdoors things to do.”
Most parents feed their kids dead animal parts and products made from milk meant for baby cows.
Cruelty is an unavoidable aspect of modern food production. Being vegan is a rebuke against that cruelty.
It requires extraordinary courage and diligence to be a vegan parent, and I’m here to help you do the job well, and be proud of your efforts.
The War on Vegan Parents
Pregnant and breastfeeding women are falsely told that being a vegan isn’t good for their children.
Government agencies have tried to steal children away from vegan and vegetarian parents, acting under the dubious assumption that depriving children of flesh foods and dairy is bad for their health.
You see alarmist media articles such as this one, in which various experts (and the so-called journalist) are clearly shilling for a meat and dairy diet for children.
I have no problem calling out anti-vegan propagandists for what they are: liars.
The fact is, vegan moms are the healthiest moms, and their children are the healthiest children, as long as the parents follow sound nutritional advice as provided by ethical scientific and medical organizations like the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (read their dietary advice for children, here).
Ironically, it’s children whose mothers eat the standard American diet rich in meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, fish, and processed foods who are often born with or soon experience health problems created by that diet, especially if parents feed animal foods and processed foods to newborns and toddlers.
There are plenty of obese, pre-diabetic, and other sick children whose illnesses come from a non-vegan diet.
Non-vegan children are often fed breast milk substitute formulas that contain materials derived from animal exploitation, along with hormones, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, artificial flavors, sugars, and other problematic materials found in processed and non-vegan, non-organic foods.
A vegan child, eating a properly-balanced vegan diet derived from organic grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and other vegan sources, has an optimum diet from a nutritional and ethical perspective!
Raising Ethical, Kind Children in an Immoral, Unkind World
Another issue for vegan parents is having the courage to raise miniature vegan samurais.
The vegan parent is raising ethical, animal-defending warriors who are surrounded by a culture of death.
Some parents are afraid to educate their children about the realities of the dark forces at work in our corrupted world.
Other parents, in their admirable but misguided zeal not to “force veganism” onto their children like some parents force religious choices on their children, are unwilling to raise their children vegan, opting instead to “let their children make the choice.”
This is an odd and defeatist way of parenting, and parents rarely have this “let them make their own choices” approach for other issues that are as important as diet.
We know children don’t inherently know what’s right to eat.
In fact, they have to be trained about almost everything—how to use the toilet, how to walk and talk, how to interact with other humans, how to avoid danger, how and what to eat.
It’s not dictatorial or tyrannical for parents to provide only vegan food for their kids, and to explain to their kids (when the kids can understand such explanations) why vegan food is the family’s dietary choice.
When vegan parents are Vegan Samurai rather than Vegan Lite, they refuse to buy non-vegan foods for their kids and they work hard to ensure their children aren’t snared by non-vegan foods and the desire for them that come from influences outside the home.
Remember: carnism (the belief that humans should eat animals), is taught.
It’s a meme brainwashed into society by government, industry, family, and socialization.
The US government’s “food pyramid” and other USDA eating guidelines are wholly the result of animal food industry lobbying and pay-offs, rather than objective, holistic nutritional science.
It isn’t until children have been brainwashed by the dominant death culture that runs our world that they begin to think of other animals as “food.”
When vegan children see a cow, chicken, fish, rabbit, pig, or other animal, they don’t immediately rush over and start biting the animal, trying to eat it!
In fact, they’re more likely to identify with the animal and find it fascinating, cute, cuddly.
Well-raised children look at the world with innocent eyes that are full of love and empathy.
But when parents allow children to watch television, animal food commercials quickly program children to see other animals as burgers, wings, chicken nuggets, barbecued ribs, fried fish, and other food items.
When parents teach their kids to hunt or fish, they’re teaching cruelty and killing.
When vegan children socialize with non-vegan children, the dominant culture will try to make them feel like weirdoes because they don’t eat dead animals or drink milk meant for baby cows.
Vegan kids go to birthday parties, pool parties, picnics, the school cafeteria, relative’s houses, friend’s houses, and other places where pizza, ribs, steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream and other non-vegan foods are the only food choices.
Vegan parents find out that their relatives, especially the kid’s grandparents, are covertly or overtly trying to subvert veganism, giving kids bad foods, telling the kids veganism is wrong, slagging the vegan parents.
Thus, Vegan Samurai parents have to be very vigilant as they manage the educational and social environments for their children.
We must realize that society and 99% of the people around us are pressuring our kids to participate in an industrial food system that kills billions of animals per year in the United States.
Who’s Trying to Corrupt Your Kids?!?
Just like you don’t want your children going to a school, social event, relative’s house, or friendship setting where cigarette smoking, alcoholism, profanity, sexual perversion, or other antisocial behaviors are on display, you don’t want your vegan children hanging around with people who try to get your kids to eat animals, dairy products, and junk food.
Part of being a parent drawing boundaries for and around your child, to protect them from the world.
We all know about and detest child sexual predators, but your children are subject to a more generalized form of predation called consumer capitalism.
From the time your child is born, the outside world is trying to hook her attention to make her a consumer, a customer, a client.
Corporations try to get your kids hooked on miniaturized, ludicrously expensive, branded Nike clothing and accessories.
Junk food restaurants create playgrounds and lurid clowns like Ronald McDonald to lure your kids in and get them hooked on junk food.
Psychiatrists have created “diagnoses” like ADD and ADHD so they can profit prescribing pharmaceutical psychotropic drugs even to tiny babies, even though the drugs haven’t been tested on children.
Ironically, the problems described as ADD and ADHD most often come from kids eating processed, high-sugar foods, kids trapped indoors, and kids given electronic devices and “entertainment” that entrains their brains to be hyperactive and distracted.
The gender dysphoria and gender reassignment industries tell your kids that their sexual, somatic, and psychological feelings come because “they were born the wrong gender.”
These burgeoning massively profitable industries pathologize and monetize nebulous feelings, reaping stacks of cash from dangerous, needless surgeries, counseling, and hormonal “therapies.”
The gender confusion industry’s marketing is full of false hope and promises.
The sad fact is that many people who buy into a diagnosis of gender dysphoria and get gender reassignment hormonal and/or surgical intervention discover too late that their born physical gender wasn’t the real cause of their problems.
But by then, they’ve been surgically or chemically altered, and sometimes that alteration endangers their physical and emotional health.
The make-up and cosmetics industry wants your daughters to start using their products (many of which are created using animal experimentation) at an earlier and earlier age.
Generalized hedonism culture wants to sexualize your children, and the standard non-vegan diet assists this because intake of meat, poultry, and dairy filled with industrial hormones is causing young girls to reach puberty at earlier and earlier ages.
Media, entertainment, and electronic device corporations want to hook your kids on movies, music, theme parks, computer games, phones, handhelds, and other mindless distractions. They want your kids to be slaves to electronica.
Sexualized music videos are marketed to pre-teens, tweeners, and teenagers.
The Internet is an electronic net, with chat rooms, advertising, entertainment, pornography, and other features where sexual predators and other miscreants lurk like demons, hoping to net your kids.
The military-industrial complex creates video games, ROTC, and other tactics, hoping your kids will love war and consider the military as a career option.
You correctly view your child’s world as a landscape of predators designed to attract them to a baited hook, hook them, and reel them in so they’re captured.
My point is: capitalist society is a predatory system where people with profit agendas are constantly trying to hook your children’s minds to make money off of them.
And the worldwide culture of death symbolized and embodied by the imprisonment, torture, and murder of billions of animals per year is among the most pervasive and societally-accepted predatory traps your children can fall into.
Vegan Parents Are on the Side of the Angels
When your sweet, innocent child, who used to love animals and want to cuddle them, is gradually corrupted by death culture so that he or she starts wanting to eat meat, dairy, fish, or poultry, it’s the same as if your sweet, innocent child started smoking cigarettes, hunting, or engaging in risky, precocious sexual behaviors.
I mean, let’s face it, what life lessons are non-vegan parents teaching their kids?
They’re teaching them it’s ok to create needless suffering and death for billions of animals that have just as much emotional capacity and will to live as the family’s dogs or cats have.
They’re teaching their kids to NOT have empathy, and that it’s ok for the strong to victimize the weak.
That’s what the non-vegan food system is all about: the strong victimizing the weak.
And they’re feeding their kids foods that are bad for them.
None of these are admirable parenting traits.
The good news is that raising a vegan child is more than feeding them the healthiest diet in the world.
It also teaches them character, integrity, self-respect, and respect for others.
A vegan child is a child of ahimsa (non-harm), an empath, a healthy role model, a beacon of kindness and compassion in a world of exploitation and death.
A vegan child is a child whose conscience is clean, who has no blood on his or her hands, who isn’t consuming products created by the death industries.
A Vegan Samurai child is a rare youngster who isn’t afraid to be different when it’s the ethical thing to do, who understands that humans with their dominant paradigms of speciesism and carnism are on the wrong track, are creating a world of hurt.
So be proud and vigilant as you raise your child to be a Vegan Samurai.
Your child will be healthier, happier, and more ethical than non-vegan children.
Your child raised on a plant-based diet will be part of the small but admirable tribe of humans who live ahimsa, who refuse to participate in death culture, and whose hearts and minds are evolved towards kindness, doing what’s right, and standing up for the billions of innocent, sentient beings who deserve better than to be consumed as food and otherwise exploited by our species.
Note that this article doesn’t address a situation where one parent is vegan and the other isn’t, or any other situation in which the children haven’t been raised vegan. I’ll be posting another article about that topic.
And please take a look at this article about a marriage and family dealing with a mixed situation in which the wife is vegan, but her husband and children aren’t.
For more information about vegan parenting, read here, and stay strong because… Vegan Samurai parents are the best parents in the world!