Hey guys! Just a quick one today, but I’m super excited to share this short video we made. It actually came about quite unexpectedly, on a recent evening while we were eating dinner outside by the fire pit. I happened to be playing around with the video camera, and was able to capture our conversation. Lucky accident!
We were playing a game we sometimes play – the “Pretend You’re Not Vegan” game.
The “Pretend You’re Not Vegan” game is a great way for vegan children to experience what it feels like to talk about veganism with non-vegans. Essentially, you just assume the role of a curious omnivore, and the child practices answering your questions. It’s a safe way for vegan children to work through these difficult conversations, without the pressure of being on the spot in a real-life situation.
This game can also be a great way for children to explore their own feelings about veganism, but I really think the value is that it empowers vegan children by giving them the language and the confidence they’ll need in order to navigate the complicated and deeply personal conversations that they’re certain to encounter as they move through a non-vegan world.
As you assume the role of the omnivore, try to imagine the kinds of questions your child might be asked (which will probably depend on their age). Anything from “But what do you even eat then?” to “But where do you get your protein?” or even as straightforward as “What is a vegan?”
And that’s it! It’s just a simple, role-playing, conversational game. And it can be as silly or as serious as you (or your child) want it to be.
To all you vegan parents out there – do you play something similar to the “Pretend You’re Not Vegan” game?
Or do you have any other games that you play which incorporate veganism?
Or if not a game, how do you help your children to feel confident and capable when talking about their lifestyle?
Please share in the comments below – I know that we can all provide a wealth of ideas and inspiration for one another!
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