10 year old SD wants to be a vegetarian, but I think this is BS.
My SD lives with us during the school year and spends the summers with her BM in another state. When she was much younger we had a lot of trouble getting her to eat healthy foods. She wanted nothing but pasta and sweets. She's naturally very thin. She's also been battling anemia for the last 3 years, she's very prone to becoming anemic. When we first learned she was anemic we changed our entire diets, she had to eat more iron rich foods like broccoli, spinach, and yes, red meat. So in the past three years she has not been hospitalized for her anemia, but we do have to have her blood drawn every 3 months to check her levels and she's always borderline. She's in the "safe" zone, but only by a point or two. She's on a daily supplement with iron in it.
She loves my cooking now, and frequently asks for seconds on the meat we're having. She has never once mentioned to me that she'd like to be a vegetarian, but out of the blue called her father yesterday and said "I've been thinking about it for a while and I want to be a vegetarian. She's at her mom's and her mom supports her daughter's choice. I think this is just ridiculous. We eat a healthy, balanced diet here and she gets plenty of vegetables, fruits, and non-meat foods, but the main source of her iron is still meat.
I'm also not going to make her entirely separate meals from what the rest of the family eats just because my 10 year old SD thinks it'll be cool to be a vegetarian. It's not a good trend to set for my younger children, who are 4, 3, 18 months, and 6 weeks. I think that she is too young to make this dietary choice. She has no idea what all being a vegetarian means, and for me I'm just seeing so many red flags as to her wanting to avoid eating certain things that she doesn't like--like when we have fish for dinner, or hamburger, which she's not a big fan of either, but she loves my steaks (which we can't afford to eat steak every night), she loves my pork chops and my chicken dishes. I'm confused as to where this is coming from. When she's with her mom she eats a lot of pastas and junk food and fruit. They make her a seperate meal from what they eat if she doesn't like what they're having.
Am I in the wrong here? I'm not opposed to the vegetarian life style, for others it's perfectly fine, and I do make some meals that are meatless, but it is not the life style we choose to live. My husband tends to let SD have too much say in things that children should not have a say in and he told her that we would definitely talk about it when she got back from her mom's at the end of the summer.