No creatures on her plate

I made pork chops for dinner tonight. Pork chops, mashed potatoes and a medley of mix vegetables, a meal Shelby helped me plan and prepare.

We sat down at the table as a family and Shelby was eating her meal without a problem.

At some point, she asked, “What are pork chops made out of?”

“Pork Shelby … pork comes from a pig, just like bacon.”

A mouthful of uneaten pork came tumbling out of her mouth, falling onto her plate.

“I don’t eat creatures and a pig is a creature,” she said to me and then she turned her face to the mound of pork and said “I’m sorry little piggy.”

This is news to me; just yesterday she ate meatballs with her spaghetti. As Shelby ate the non-meat items on her plate, we went back and forth about what comes from animals – steaks are from cows; chicken nuggets are from chickens; cheese even comes from and animal since the milk it’s made from comes from a cow; and the list went on.

Shelby declared she will not be eating anything that caused a creature to die. No meat for her.
Now, I have two children who won’t eat meat. Seriously?  

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5 Responses to No creatures on her plate

  1. mcscraps5 says:

    It must be frustrating. It’s hard enough to get kids to eat sometimes and to add to that an aversion to meat makes it that much more difficult. How do you explain to kids that a food chain exists and that we are at the top of it? Some animals eat plants. Other animals eat those. We eat animals. A lion cub doesn’t tell his mother that it refuses to eat antelope. What’s a parent to do?

  2. Alison says:

    Life’s never easy with children is it?
    Alison xx

  3. 3boysmommd says:

    Well, Boca and Morning Star make some pretty tasty “fake meat” products if you get desperate – they even have corn dogs. Kids are so funny – it amazes me to watch them develop their own opinions!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well there is always Boca or Morningstar – they have some pretty tasty “fake meat” products. It amazes me how kids can develop such strong opinions about these things! Take good care, my dear! Love
    Cyndi S

  5. Carol Anne says:

    When my youngest was 7, she said the same thing. Of course, her older sister started saying things like: “yummy pig!” “yummy cow!”. Ah, the love between the sisters is so special…

    Good luck with your vegetarians!

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