||[May. 28th, 2004|12:13 pm]
|[||My kid dictates my mood and right now it's...
This morning on the way to school my almost 6 yo told me that his reading partner at school told him that some hamburgers are made from buffalo meat. So he asked what others are made of and I told him cows. He asked how they got the cow meat and I ignored him. He wouldn't give up and made me tell him that they kill the cow for the meat but that's what the cow was raised for. I explained that food was this cow's purpose. He was not happy about that. He asked how they kill them and since I didn't know he was satisfied with "well, that's not nice". He's right. It's not nice and it's the reason I stopped eating red meat when I was 14. But now Shawny says he's a vegetarian. He's already stopped eating meat so I wasn't really shocked. But he doesn't eat any of the other stuff that I do eat to replace red meat. I was supplementing him w/ yogurt and smoothies but he wouldn't even drink the smoothie last night. I'm probably WAY overthinking the whole deal but how can I make him eat??? He won't eat at school. The only things he eats at home now are peanut butter and jelly, grilled cheese, oodles of noodles, rice, noodles, mac & cheese, yogurt, cereal, applesauce, hot dogs, some fruits when the mood strikes and assorted sugary snacks. I don't keep much sugary crap around the house now that I am eating better so there isn't too much for him to have. I just don't know what to do with him. I could just let him live on cereal until he gets sick of it!
I should add, I don't eat red meat. I only eat chicken and seafood. It was a decision I made as a teenager b/c I thought it was cruel to kill the pretty cows and pigs. I have always prepared meals for my kids that included all kinds of meats. When they would eat red meat, I would have a salad or a dish w/o the meat. I have NEVER told my kids that is the reason I don't eat it. I've always told them I am allergic and I will get sick if I eat it. Which isn't entirely a lie b/c if I were to eat red meat it would make me sick. So I'm really at a loss as to how Shawny can fathom reasons for not eating meat.