A Reddit user asked the community if he was in the wrong for giving his nieces food outside of their designated vegetarian meal plan, prepped by their mother.
A Vegetarian Diet
The Original Poster (OP) has been contemplating whether to bring up a particular topic, but the matter has escalated into a full-blown controversy within their family.
OP’s sister, Kylie, and her spouse are both vegetarians.
They are raising their two daughters, aged 10 and 13, on a vegetarian diet.
A Personal Choice
While OP and his spouse don’t object to vegetarian dishes, as they appreciate the availability of excellent plant-based cuisine, they occasionally consume meat.
OP hosted his sister Kylie’s family for two weeks when Kylie and her spouse went on a business trip.
Kylie brought along pre-prepared meals and snacks for her children during their stay.
At first, everyone in the household consumed vegetarian meals, but as it happened, OP’s wife’s “week of darkness” overlapped with Kylie’s family’s visit.
OP’s wife prefers to consume chicken, liver, and certain lean beef products during this time.
Upon hearing that his wife was craving stuffed chicken breasts, OP prepared a dish of mushroom-spinach stuffed chicken breasts for her and served soup to Kylie’s daughters.
Curious About Eating Meat
The older daughter expressed interest in trying some of the stuffed chicken breasts, and this behavior surprised OP.
When he inquired, she revealed that she had been experimenting with her friends’ lunches at school and had already tried Lunchables and deli meat sandwiches without informing her parents.
Just a Taste
OP checked to see if her parents knew, but she replied in the negative.
In the end, OP decided to cut a chicken breast in half and let the girl have a taste, reasoning that it was only chicken and not addictive.
Enjoying the Food
After the older daughter tasted the stuffed chicken breast, the younger daughter also expressed interest in trying it.
Both daughters enjoyed the dish along with their soup.
The next day, OP prepared a traditional monthly meatloaf for his wife, and this time, the girls chose to eat the meatloaf that OP had cooked instead of the one that Kylie had prepared for them.
He Let Them Choose
This pattern continued for the remainder of Kylie’s family’s stay.
OP would cook two meals, one for his wife and another for Kylie’s family, and let the girls choose between the two options.
News Travels Fast
During Kylie’s family’s visit, the daughters also spent some time with OP’s parents.
It came to OP’s knowledge that the youngest daughter had told her grandparents that she had eaten stuffed chicken at OP’s house.
Accusations and Disapproval
OP’s mother contacted him and accused him of undermining Kylie’s parenting choices.
Kylie was also informed of the situation and expressed her displeasure with OP.
Brushing It Off
Despite this, OP chose not to respond and brushed it off.
He believed that since the girls were already trying new things outside of their parents’ knowledge, he did not want to risk making Kylie overprotective by drawing attention to this fact.
They Became Picky Eaters
After the incident with the stuffed chicken, Kylie’s daughters became pickier eaters and began questioning their parents about why they couldn’t have other foods that they had discovered and enjoyed during their stay with Uncle.
All His Fault
As a result, OP was accused of being responsible for their picky eating habits.
The only people who do not blame OP for this situation are his wife and father.
OP is wondering whether he is the one at fault in this situation and whether he should feel guilty about what happened.
Should Children Have a Choice?
Several Reddit users believe that OP is not at fault in this situation. They argue that the children, aged 10 and 13, are old enough to try new foods and make their own choices about what they eat.
Some feel that Kylie’s decision to force a vegetarian diet on her children may be harmful and that OP is not to blame for the children’s picky eating habits. Additionally, some believe that Kylie should listen to her children and respect their food choices.
Others highlight the favor that OP did by taking care of Kylie’s children for two weeks and feeding them nutritious, balanced meals. They feel that Kylie should not have expected her children to eat only vegetarian meals during their stay with OP.
They also emphasize that parents should not force their dietary choices on their children and that children should be allowed to make decisions for themselves.
What do you think? What would you do if you were OP? Leave a comment!
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