Vegan birthday parties: start studying

December 22, 2009

For the past while, we’ve been talking about vegan birthday party tips and tricks, but what if your child is too young for most of this to be an issue yet? That’s the position Steph’s in, but she’s getting ready for it, as she writes in:

“My guy’s too little for his own birthday parties just yet.  Though of course I worry about him, so I’ve been seeking advice.  Joanne Stepaniak‘s books always ease my mind and give me ideas about how to handle these sticky situations – usually with graciousness and respect for the other’s viewpoint and trying to be adaptable.  I’m reading Raising Vegetarian Children : A Guide to Good Health and Family Harmony now.  A lot of her adivce is about making sure everyone knows the deal beforehand, so no one’s upset the day of.  I saw Colleen Patrick-Goudreau at the Veg Fair, and her advice was to give people the chance to rise to the occasion – they will often surprise you.
“For family events, I usually make the dessert, trying to incorporate family traditions: chocolate cake with chocolate icing and candies is known as “Smile Cake” around here. 
“I’ll probably end up letting the little one make his own choices about some food, but pack his own if I think there’ll be no choice and see what happens.  I worry about his tummy digesting, say, dairy for the first time and that end up being worse than whatever teasing he would have been subjected to otherwise.

Thanks Steph! While of course we’re here at Spawn Better trying to keep everyone informed, there are a lot of other great sources of advice out there.

What about you? Is there a resource that you think people need to know about? Let us know in the comments!

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