Did you ever follow in your parents’ footsteps? I mean literally, follow. Think back to a family holiday where you’d take long walks on the beach. For me the temptation and fascination to make wide enough strides to land in my father’s deep imprints was a gratifying diversion. It meant that I walked silently, unknowingly to those who might later see a pair of footprints. It meant that I didn’t make another mark on the otherwise perfectly shelled-laid, tide-swept shore.
But making one’s mark, not to be mistaken with a global footprint of course, is what we as parents encourage in our children. While I’m taking great pleasure in following through with my daily learning of what being vegan involves (a very steep learning curve I hasten to add), I’m in no hurry to act on my eldest daughter’s early murmurings of contemplating veganism.
While this decision will one day be hers to make, I, as her guide, am just not ready to have her walk along side me. By first introducing my daughters to the abundance of what this lifestyle offers, rather than jumping into the role of policeman, is sure to serve them in the long term.
Simply by providing them with opportunities to become well informed, they’ll be in a position to understand, establish and strengthen their beliefs then follow through on their convictions. So at this stage what I bring to our family’s table is awareness. I’m giving them food for thought.
By simply and occasionally falling in step with the little changes made in our home, they’re developing their awareness through their own keen interest, questions and observations.
Their vegetarian plates are filled with far more greens, their home library now boosts some books with animal-friendly morals, and soon enough their cruelty and chemical free toiletries will be as gentle on their young bodies as it is on the environment.
Step by step, little impressions are being taken at a comfortable and super healthy pace.