Look into My Eyes…See Love, Confusion, Fear?
Our children are naturally fascinated by and drawn to animals. Let’s encourage this natural instinct and empower them to share kindness with and on behalf of the animal kingdom by not eating them!
With my family, I have devoted my life to being a good role model, consistently and positively correcting inappropriate behaviour, and being selective in choosing actions that result in less pain, suffering, and death to the animals we share this earth with.
Why Living Plantbased is So Important
Eating plant-based benefits people, animals, and the planet. Did you know that our North American society eats more meat per person than any other country? These habits are leading to increased illness in humans, pandemics, and the destruction of our environment. While they may be too young to understand greenhouse gases, toxic waste, water pollution, public health perils, and antibiotic resistance, they are not too young to look into the eyes of a companion or rescue animal and see love, confusion, and fear.
Choosing humane options for your table shows your children that hypocrisy is not welcome in your home. How do we explain to a child why we eat a pig and not a dog or eat other children for that matter! My book A Pig IS a Dog IS a Kid was written on this very subject, and I sincerely hope it helps your children learn to differentiate and be mindful of the pain caused by our eating habits.
Our Children Deserve Our Guidance
Equipping your children with understandable lessons on why we don’t eat animals will help when others challenge them. In an age where bullying is commonplace building, your child’s self-esteem becomes more important than ever.
As parents, we can show our children that spending more time with animals is valuable and worth the effort. They will learn that animals won’t judge them, will offer affection, and will ‘listen’ to them. Establishing a strong bond will also act as a deterrent to the pressures to eat them.
Interacting with Animals Builds Empathy
Here are some ways that your child can engage with animals:
- Help with Animal Companion Chores: Encourage your child to make time for and meet the needs of those in their care.
- Play Make Believe: Very young children can practice sharing compassion with their stuffies! They can ‘feed them,’ ‘take them for a walk,’ and even ‘go to the vet.’ These actions build compassion and encourage them to think outside of themselves.
- Support local Rescues/Sanctuaries: Even if you aren’t currently caring for an animal, you can make a difference in the lives of those in your area. Hold a bake sale, a fundraiser or do a school project on a local organization and share it with classmates.
- Get outside more often: Take a hike through the park, go birdwatching, or do a nature walk through a local wetland.
While reading about animals isn’t the same as caring for them, I firmly believe a good book will bring the story alive for a child in the most beautiful ways.
Discover a new favourite from the Compassionate Press Collections. I have created many reading selections for the little and big animal lovers in your life and a collection of softcover Coloring Books that will keep everyone entertained during our upcoming rainy days!