I (13) have recently decided to go vegan and my parent are getting annoyed with it. They think I’m only doing it to annoy them. How can I explain them that I’m vegan, because I don’t want to support animal cruelty – not because I want to drive my parents crazy? – Totally Vegan Buzz
Ask Vegans AnythingCategory: QuestionsI (13) have recently decided to go vegan and my parent are getting annoyed with it. They think I’m only doing it to annoy them. How can I explain them that I’m vegan, because I don’t want to support animal cruelty – not because I want to drive my parents crazy?

I (13) have recently decided to go vegan and my parent are getting annoyed with it. They think I’m only doing it to annoy them. How can I explain them that I’m vegan, because I don’t want to support animal cruelty – not because I want to drive my parents crazy?

Avatarxleyah asked 1 year ago
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Avatarmarc6vegan answered 1 year ago

Firstly, good on you for wanting to help animals and go vegan. Secondly, remember to come from a position of non-judgementality. Your parents were brought up in a culture which was different and it’s harder for older people to change from what they’ve been doing for a long time. Be patient and kind, and give them every opportunity to seek the truth. Be happy and satisfied with yourself and let them know that you’re happy with your decision and you have good intentions for the planet, the animals and your own health. This is a great challenge for you and it will make you a better, wiser and more valuable person for the rest of your life. So hang in there and keep trying. Use your wits to allow your parents to make the connection. Invite them to taste-test some of the vegan food that you make, or give them the gift of a vegan recipe book or invite them to be audience to a screening of "Dominion" or your own preferred animal rights documentary. Best wishes. The more years you put into your veganism, the brighter will be your future. I started being vegan-conscious at 16 but it took me ages to get to veganism. Dont make the same mistake as I did.

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