I could find twelve (12) e-mail lists for vegetarian
families. Feel free to join one or all twelve of them. Ten of them can
be joined at one location. If you know of others, please let us know
All the ONElist lists can be joined through the ONElist
The Veg-Parent list can be joined by sending your request to email@example.com
and specifically MENTIONING the Veg-Parent list.
It is best to compare notes with others in family
situations that parallel your own home, and the lists work far, far
better when parents of all ages, and with children of many different
ages, are on the lists. We learn well by comparing situations, even if
they are not exactly parallel, abstracting, then developing a broad
sense of "how things work".
So please consider staying on the lists until your
children are fully grown so that you can share with others with younger
children and less parenting experience than you have, and also can share
with them -- in advance of their needs -- your observations, issues, and
questions from your pre-adolescent and teenage daughters and sons.
Remember, birthing and nursing are not the only
parenting issues that require special attention from parents.
I believe that one of the MOST fundamental reasons that
teenage vegetarians have issues is that, if their parents WERE
vegetarians, they don't "compare notes" widely with other vegetarian
families in their own region, as well as having direct e-mail access
with them, and providing a community supportive of their being
vegetarian FOR those vegetarian young people. This translates into
vegetarian young people (1) who don't understand vegetarianism or their
own being vegetarian very deeply and broadly, and (2) who lack the
deeper social relationships with more than a handful of other vegetarian
young people to more securely discover their responsible, healthy place
in the world as vegetarians of whatever variety, and (3) who therefore
lack a meaningful sense of the many creative and meaningful ways that
they can develop or innovative useful, productive, lucrative, rewarding,
and beneficent ways of becoming mature vegetarian adults in this
economic and social world, as they begin to see the need to develop
professions and careers.
I also believe that vegetarian young people are "like
other young people" in most regards, but that comparing notes on BEING
vegetarian is especially helpful.
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