Thursday, April 17, 2008

How to stop your daughter becoming a vegetarian in 10 easy steps.

1) Do not argue with her, even though she offers no argument, rational or otherwise, for this decision.

2) Do not allow other family members to argue with her (it may make her more stubborn).

3) Plan a weeks menu which is made up of all her favourite meaty meals.

4) Buy a pack of tofu.

5) Add tofu to a tomato and vegetable sauce and pour over pasta. Include plenty of said daughters least favourite vegetables.

6) Inform daughter that as you will not be cooking separate meals every day she will be eating this meal for the next five days as that is how many meals the pack of tofu made.

7) Smile sweetly and order a cheeseburger and chips when hubby offers to buy everyone else takeaway for dinner.

8) Talk about forthcoming meal out in TGI Fridays and remind daughter that she can have a veggie burger or salad but that you'll have to check out what the chips are fried in.

9) Encourage daughter every step of the way.

10) When daughter comes to her senses realises that she no longer wants to be a vegetarian smile sweetly and impress on her that you don't want to hear her utter those words for at least another six years!

N.B. No daughters were hurt in this experiment.

41 comments:

Willowtree said...

It's a phase we all go through. As a matter of fact, just recently I've increased my vegetable intake considerably, let me rephrase that...I've started eating vegetables.

But even so, I they're just there to make the meat look good.

EmBee said...

Lovely to have you back, have missed you. Love

Hannah said...

Hello again! Nice to 'see' you back!

I love this, might have to bear it in mind for the future...we have a meat hater here already!

la bellina mammina said...

Great to have you back Beccy! Did it work for Molly??

ChrisB said...

Everyone will be glad you have posted! Sam has given me permission to chuck her Vegan cook book ~ I won't offer it to Mollie!

Yvonne said...

Welcome back!

nikki said...

You. Are. Brilliant. I bow down to the master.

Steffi said...

It´s really nice to hear from you again! I have very missed you!
Great post,Beccy!

lisa marie said...

OMG I fell over when I saw your new post in my reader!

My daughter went through the vegetarian phase. It didn't last. :)

john.g. said...

Beccys 'puter lives!

Hell, keep her as a meatosaurus!

Beckie said...

That is brilliant! I am not sure that I would have been as patient.

my4kids said...

Too funny! Loved it.

So does this mean your back? Or are you just teasing me? Cause you know I really missed you.....

Rachel said...

So glad you're back! Hopefully none of my kids decides to become a vegetarian! I loves me some meat!

Deborah said...

Excellent Beccy! Very good indeed and so clever! I pulled that when I was a teen. Mam told me I had to cook for myself. I did for three years... but it was the smell of bacon that brought me back... mmm... bacon! :)

Deborah said...

Oh and welcome back! You've been missed! :)

Karmyn R said...

ha ha! Good for you. If she truly wants to be vegetarian - she can do it when she has her own house and can cook her own meals!!!

Lil Mouse said...

ha! we always knew what meat was made of. we JOKED about it, and actually saw chickens running around without their heads. the cows went bye bye and later we had hamburger.

we 'got it' and got over it. we had to eat and didnt really have much choice. oh and i hate veggies so i was never going to become a vegetarian. not that its bad its just not for me. ha!

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear beccy. ha that's quite funny. Tofu with veges and a pasta sauce would be enough to turn me right off too! Although I don't mind tofu in stir fries.

Pamela said...

I had a sister that went vegetarian during her teens. She is 58 and still a vegetarian!

I love tofu. (:

frannie said...

HHHHEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!

I'm so glad you are back!!!!!

and glad that Mollie came to her senses!

thefoodsnob said...

So nice to have you back!
I went through that phase a few times as well, though my mum was MUCH less encouraging than you.
(I loved the end bit about no daughters being harmed.)

Lisa

Kila said...

LOL, good job, Mom!

Glad to see you back!

Emma in Canada said...

Taylor wanted to be a vegatarian too. Until she realized she doesn't like vegetables. Still won't eat hamburgers or hotdogs though.

Sam said...

you meanie. i remember when YOU wanted to be a veggie.


On the flip side, sheer genius on handling of the subject is to be applauded. How do you know she doesn't read your blog and your methodology will be exposed to her?

Alison said...

I will have to remember this when Cass decides to become a vegetarian.

Misslionheart♥ said...

Aaahh you're back!

Bossy recently decided to become a veggie, I think it lasted all of five days, when I did a Delia with pork chops, mushrooms, cream...

How could she resist!!

elena jane said...

lol....good thinking!! ;)

tiger lamb girl said...

I love it - ha ha. Excellent way to handle things:).

Sally Lomax said...

Very funny. I was much less subtle when ED made a similar announcemnt at a similar age. I just said that I was only cooking one meal for all and she could ear it or not......

BurntMaze said...

i was veggie for a year in my teens but to be honest i didn't really notice as my mum cooked some great grub. i eventually got her away from veggieness when a cooked up some lovely bacon. always works!

Red Mum said...

ha thats brilliant, spotted this as a Mulley fluffy link.

When my daughter watched babe like many others said she wanted to be a veggie.

I just kept making her bacon sandwiches, and hitting my head as I gave them to her saying 'I forgot sorry'. She loves bacon sandwiches ;) Thankfully that phase didn't last long.

jothemama said...

I've been a vegetarian for 20 years... now, I need a post like this to show me how to discourage my daughter from eating meat.

eatersregret said...

Hello first time poster, spotted you in Mulley's links. Why is it a bad thing for your daughters to become vegetarians? I became one at 12 and now at 25 I still am and whilst I love the smell of bacon, I've never regretted it. It's a healthier lifestyle and does encourage kids to eat veggies. In fact it also helps them become focused and committed to something as many teenagers just are not.

Yes, for some kids it's a phase but for others not so. I think this post is unnecessarily condescending towards vegetarians and people who are trying to change their lives. You should try to support your kids, even if they give up a week later.

Beccy said...

jothemama and eatersregret thank you for visiting my blog although I get the impression you are out to judge and condemn me albeit in the nicest possible way.

eatersgret I am far from a first time poster, prehaps you should have done a little research before criticising me. I didn't eat meat for nearly tens years from the age of 17. I had my reasons, which I felt were valid (and still do today) and after research was able to offer a reason to my parents which they supported.

My daughter on the other hand was jumping on some faddish bandwagon that was going through her class. She had no reason other than two friends were vegetarians, (in fact they weren't)and she was getting a great kick out of telling everyone that she was a vegetarian too but was not prepared to stop eating animal products in other foods which I felt was a contradiction (you either commit fully or not at all). If she had come to me with a valid reason (which could be one of many) then I would have supported her 100%.

I disagree with your view that my post is condecending towards vegetarians, it was a tongue in cheek (and exaggerated) post. I often posted 10 steps posts in this vain (again you are showing a lack of research) and my intention was never to offend anyone. I am sorry if I have offended you but I can assure no one is more loved and supported by me than my daughter.

Linz said...

Please excuse me Beccy, I actually meant that I was a first time commenter, not that you were a first time poster – my typo! I really did not try to come across as condemning you, I don't make it my business to go around flaming people at all. The combination of your post and the commenters, to me, did seem condescending but I understand that you disagree. I feel people too often dismiss the concept of vegetarianism as ridiculous, so that is the reason for my comment. Kids do jump on faddish bandwagons, which I said, but sometimes they aren't a fad at all.
I also didn't say anything about your doing 10 steps? so I'm not sure where that lack of research issue is coming from. I know it is tongue in cheek, but I suppose it is a sensitive issue for some - my apologies

eatersregret said...

oops that was from Eater's Regret - not fashion filosofy, obviously my computer skills are not up to par today

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Beccy said...

Annonymous, I have deleted your comment because it was downright rude and only demonstrated what an arrogant person you are. You clearly demonstrate your failure to read all my comments and have saaumed you know me. If my daughter seriously wanted to become a vegetarian I would have supported her 100% as I do in all aspects of her life. You do not know me so how dare you judge me. If you are brave enough to give yourself an identity I would have not deleted your comment but I have no time or respect for people who attack others whilst hiding behind their anonimity. A piece of advice: GROW UP.

Beccy said...

*assumed*

ChrisB said...

beccy I didn't get to read the comment but your response is great. A sensible debate is healthy but snide remarks if that's what you got is not helpful. It's cowardly to hide behind *anonymous* and clearly this person isn't worth worrying about. We who know you (and Mollie) completely understood your post. One thing I find puzzling is that vegetarians are often very sensitive about any perceived slight on their chosen lifestyle! Us carnivores do not jump up and down and stamp our feet every time a vegetarian writes something about the evils of eating meat. Before you get more nasty comments I would say I respect everyone's personal choice and I have tried feeding a vegan, which I personally did not find easy. Oh and I remember taking my daughter to a certain shoe shop to meet her beliefs which I did willingly.

Beccy said...

Thanks mum, like you I respect anyone's choices but felt there was no need to call me rude names. As previous commentators have shown it is possible to discuss in an adult non abusive fashion