A man has sought help on the internet after his wife accused him of corrupting their son because he gave him some meat.
The 32-year-old father in question explained that he and his wife, 33, have a 12-year-old son together. He also said that his partner went full vegan some six years ago after one of her friends had sent her the Dominion documentary.
Ever since, the woman refused to eat any “revolting” animal products and vowed to raise her son as a vegan as well.
While the man admitted he initially agreed it was okay for his son to grow up as vegan, the family’s arrangement encountered a hiccup when the father discovered burger wrappers in his son’s school bag.
As he explained, his son had started buying meat products with his chore money in secret.
“I had a conversation with my son and he confessed he felt lonely and excluded eating vegan around his friends and that they always had much better candy than he did and it wasn’t fair,” the father wrote in his viral Reddit post.
“I decided I didn’t want him spending his pocket money on snacks and throwing out the vegan snacks we actually brought him instead of buying games etc, it made no sense, but I also know the way my wife feels about nonvegan products. So, I began buying my son what he wanted on our way to football practice instead.”
While everything went fine for a few months, the man’s wife recently flipped out after finding out what was going on behind her back.
“She called me an animal abuse enabler and a few other names and said I was corrupting our son. Now she is not speaking to me, our son panicked and told her I had bought the snacks for him and he didn’t know they weren’t vegan (I don’t blame him for that, he just doesn’t want to be in trouble with mom),” the father added.
After asking Reddit for advice, the man received plenty of support from users who branded the woman’s behavior as concerning at best.
“I think my answer, at this point, would be, ‘Our son is old enough to decide what he wants to eat and what his dietary preferences are. If we put him into a situation where he feels he has to hide things from us, that’s on us,’” a top comment read.
“If your wife is confronting him about this in any kind of intimidating way or trying to make him feel guilty with the same phrases she’s using with you, I would prioritize your son and his needs and well-being. Shit like this can cause a lot of problems.”
Another vegan user wrote: “We humans are designed to eat meat – it’s a perfectly normal thing for our bodies to do. In fact, I’m the abnormal one NOT eating meat!
“I’m old enough to have made that choice and I’m happy – your son shouldn’t have it ‘forced’ upon him at such a young age, when building bonds is so important. His body, his choice and you’re doing nothing wrong supporting him.”
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