i recently started eating vegan and am wondering how to handle this change with my 4.5yo dd. we have always been health conscious and mostly vegetarian at home, so we're not switching from the SAD to vegan all at once, lol. but dd loves dairy. of course, i won't be buying any more dairy to have in the house. but i'm wondering how to handle this transition with her.
she's very used to discussing whether or not something is healthy. and since i've gone vegan, i've started discussing animal rights with her too. but she's 4.5 so she doesn't necessarily understand the link between animals suffering and the food that she likes to eat. at her school, a different parent send the snack every day and it would be really difficult for me to prevent her from having dairy at school. next year she will be going to a different school and i'm hoping that after having the summer for her to get used to not having dairy anymore, i will be able to tell her school that we are vegan and i don't want her having animal products.
i guess what i'm asking is if i should just go all the way and not allow her to have any more animal products or if, at 4.5yo, i should let her make some decisions regarding what she eats.
one more question...i also have 18 month old twin boys and of course they are eating completely vegan with me. what kind of vitamin/supplements do you recommend for children? i mean, i know what vitamins they need in particular, but what brands have your kids liked? we currently have vitamins already that are not vegan and i'm going to finish using them before buying more, but i want to start looking for what i need to purchase next.
any other advice you have about raising my children vegan is appreciated.