As a mom who writes children’s books on veganism, Ruby Roth is on a mission to help change the way we see food and the world. While Roth has recently drawn criticism for her new book ‘Vegan is Love,’ I really believe the overall message she is sending to moms and dads and families across the globe is invaluable.
The harshest criticism this book is receiving according to registered dietician Nicole German:
“...it could easily scare a young child into eating vegan, and without proper guidance that child could become malnourished” and “…children are impressionable and this is too sensitive of a topic to have a child read this book.”
I agree that children are impressionable, but I also believe that it is our responsibility to convey truthful messages to our children without guilting them or instilling fear. Furthermore, any diet that is not properly overseen by a responsible parent has the possibility or tendency to become unhealthy – not just veganism. It’s the lack of supervision, not the diet in this case. Why does the media tend to forget that WE are RESPONSIBLE for raising healthy, well-adjusted kids?
In a video book trailer (below) for ‘Vegan is Love,’
“If we want to move towards an era of solutions where the planet is healing, people are fed and healthy, there is good in the way we do business and a reverence in the world for all living things, then all we have to do is live that life ourselves.”
Whether you are vegan or vegetarian or omnivore – we ALL need to become more connected to our food and to Mother Earth. As parents we need to teach our children about proper nutrition, why healthy eating is a must, and how every decision we make influences our world. The best way to do this is to live that life ourselves!
Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.~David Bly
Remember to get your Earth Day on this weekend!