DH is a chef and keen to get ds who is 3 involved in cooking and ingredients etc
I am keen though, to protect ds from the fact that the food we eat is sometimes from an animal and although he eats chicken and fish and meat he doesnt seem to realise that these were alive. Or so I thought.
Last week was our wedding anniversary and DH said we would have lobster for dinner. DH and DS went to the shop to buy one and, bearing in mind what I had said, DH kindly asked DS if he would like to take it home and put it in some water.
'No' said DS 'I want to take it home and cook it. Then I will pull it's head off and break off it's legs and eat it!!!!!'
And he did. DS had lobster for his dinner last week and loved it. I had to have a smaller amount because there wasnt enough.
So much for protecting him. Now he wants to try crab!!
I remember stood in the butchers once and this dad has his kid about 4 years old with him and was pointing out where his body parts were in relation to the meat on sale.. Ie those are pigs's bladders and your bladder is here.
I thought it honest and was pmsl when kid asked his dad was the sausages his winky!
I prefer to have an honest healthy attitude rather than wrap the whole thing up in cotton wool tho obviously it needs to be age apropriate. Have no hesitation in pointing out to dss(13) that the local city farm hens are not kept in the same way as battery hens for example tho Ill prob not tell dd that till she is a good bit older. She will however grow up knowing that the animals she sees on farms are kept for their meat and will be killed for at some point.
Ds1 was about 4 when we saw some lambs gambolling in a field. I said something like "Oh look at those cute litle lambs" and ds replied in a flash, "Yes, lamb chippy-chops, yum yum"!! He's married to a vegetarian now but refuses point blank to give up meat. He's a carnivore through and through.