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5 July 2000 Issue

Helpful Lists for Veg*an Parents
Source: (Maynard S. Clark)

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 ASAP.

All the ONElist lists can be joined through the ONElist website at

The Veg-Parent list can be joined by sending your request to 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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