What Happened When This Stubborn Grandmother Fed A Vegan Baby Meat

What would you do if you and your husband have been sharing the ethical values of veganism for years, raised your son vegan, and then your mother in law feeds him meat behind your back?

I am sharing this story here on I Nourish Gently, as I am genuinely interested in your opinions. I’ve had this whole scenario in my head many times when I was with my ex.

His whole family were heavy meat eaters, especially his mom. He never changed his lifestyle completely, but he drastically reduced his consumption of meat while he was with me, so I was happy we are getting somewhere with baby steps. Still, whenever we visited his family, his mother never missed a chance to remind all of us how ‘healthy’ meat is, and how delicious the lamb is (yuk). It was literally hurting me not only to watch all the plates full of dead animals! The constant encouragement on her part was just unbearable.

Therefore, while I was with him, I kept thinking what would happen if we ever had kids. How would I fight with this woman and how would I be able to raise them with the beliefs I want to. In my head, I imagined I would never be able to leave them alone with her, and it was becoming even more unbearable paying these visits to his family.So, I just refused to go spend time with them any more and in a couple more months we broke up. I am glad we did, although I still struggle to find a person who shares the same values as I do…

Here’s the full story I would LOVE to hear your opinion on:

This lady has been with her husband for eight years (married for five), and they decided to go vegan together about six years ago. Accordingly, they have raised their son, Jacob in the spirit of veganism:

‘My mother-in-law fed my son meat even though we are vegan.’ What Would YOU Do?

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“We knew from the moment I was pregnant that we would be raising our child vegan. It’s something that we firmly believe in and we didn’t want to raise our son in a way that defied our values. Our son, Jacob, is very happy and healthy. We go above and beyond to make sure he’s getting the best out of life, and he 100% understands why we don’t eat our friends or take their milk. He loves being a veggie and thankfully, he’s not picky at all”

She explained in her post on Reddit.

Jacob’s grandma, however, has openly expressed her disagreement with the family’s choice of lifestyle. She has not only refused to notice that since going vegan together, the young couple (both 26) have been a lot healthier and collectively lost a ton of weight, but she was actually sneaking chicken broth into their food, buying them fish and demanding they take it!

“We’ve never given into any of her demands, and after one particularly bad incident, we threatened to go no contact. Once she knew that we were serious, she cut the bullshit but still remained skeptical. ” MILthrowaway60 wrote.

Who needs chicken broth when you can make delicious vegan recipes like these ones: (Post continues after)…

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When their son was younger, the vegan parents sat the mother in law down and spoke to her about their values and why it was so important to them and why they wanted Jacob to share those values.

“We had this talk because we both knew that eventually, she would want to spend time with her grandson and we wouldn’t always be around,” MILthrowaway60 confessed.

However, the day before her Reddit post, Jacob’s mum had left her son in the care of his grandma due to a family emergency, and as she always did – packed a rich and nutritious lunch for her kid.

When their son was younger, the vegan parents sat their MIL down and spoke to her about their values and why it was so important to them and why they wanted Jacob to share those values.

“We had this talk because we both knew that eventually, she would want to spend time with her grandson and we wouldn’t always be around,” MILthrowaway60 wrote.

However, the day before her Reddit post, Jacob’s mum had left her son in the care of his grandma due to a family emergency, and as she always did – packed a rich and nutritious lunch for her kid.

When she went to pick him up he hadn’t touched the food. When confronted, his grandma said it was because she had fed him a hotdog instead.

‘My mother-in-law fed my son meat even though we are vegan.’ What Would YOU Do?

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“I asked her why she didn’t give him the food I packed and she told me that when she asked him if he wanted a hotdog, he nodded so obviously he must have really wanted to eat meat. I told her that no, when he eats hotdogs at home, they’re vegan and that was what he was used to. He’s very aware and he would never intentionally eat an animal,” the frustrated mum wrote.

Utlimately a few stern words were thrown at the grandma before Jacob’s mum took her son and left. The mother in law phoned her son, Rick and said his wife was ‘abusing’ Jacob. Rick was furious at his mum.

Now the vegan mother is asking – should they remove the grandma from her son’s life or try and have another conversation explaining their beliefs and values and why they need her to respect them.

I personally am the kind of person who can easily go to extremes, and I think I would never let this woman with my child alone again. I would also not hesitate to go no contact with her.

What do you think? How would you react?

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