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Awkward questions about where our food comes from


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I would also discuss with parent about the approach they want and how they would answer the question. they may already have given an answer , so would be good to be consistent, unless it is one you really don't feel you could use. In that case then you could find out what the parent would be happy with.

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interesting...I would always be honest. Why do we have a problem with this???? I've never yet had a child come back with a yuck i'm not eating that! I think this is a really important 'lesson' .....but then my background is in food !!!

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Honesty is the best policy in my book. Cannot think why it would be a problem for them to know. Just the other day we were having a discussion about food and one of my boys said "I had cow for tea last night" so I quickly said "yes beef is lovely, I really like beef" to which he replied with a puzzled face " no I said I had cow". We do live in a rural area surrounded by cattle farms!

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If we can't tell children small unpalatable facts like that the pigs and sheep in the fields die to give us meat, how will they develop the skills to deal with bigger things? They need to find out that farm animals die, that their pets will die, because one day they will have to cope with the idea that their family and ultimately they will die too.

Protecting children too much does them a disservice.

 

I would just give them truthful answers the the questions they ask and no more.

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I totally agree, tell the truth. The only reason we have cattle , sheep etc is to eat them. ( Though we're not allowed lamb in our house, because it upsets my husband too much to eat such cute animals!!)

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Absolutely agree with 'honesty'. I am a firm believer that if you don't know what your food is and where it comes from, or find that fact unpalatable, then you shouldn't be eating it!

In fact, I was having this discussion with one of my members of staff the other day. She said she buys all of her fresh meat from the supermarket in packages, pre cut to whatever she is cooking (strips/chunks etc) as she can't stand to handle it. I know it might not be the most pleasant sensation for a lot of people, but it is what it is.

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