Utopia in the Forest at the Vegan Families Camping Trip

Kids can have empathy superpowers if we let them.

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My kiddo, sleeping through train noise, in our tent at the Vegan Families Camping Trip

This vegan families camping trip was some crazy dream-like utopia stuff.

I think of my kid as the easy one. She’s 4 and we (so far) don’t have issues with hitting (or biting or otherwise hurting) or drawing on walls or toy-snatching. She eats her veggies and still takes naps and (okay, right now, you’re like, “Shut the hell up with your #blessed bullshit.”)

These kids were all raised with a baseline belief in equality, in care, in doing what’s kind, rather than just whatever feels easiest. And it shows. It shows in the 3-year-olds. It shows in the 8-year-olds.

I wrote this piece Veganism Makes Parenting Easier for the vegan parenting site Raise Vegan, so I knew this already, in a way. But this opportunity to see it in action in a multi-family environment, to see what kind of community we can establish when the baseline is ethics, renewed my hope for the future.

“Now, what can we share with them?”

Empathy for the win! Published in Gen, Human Parts, Heated, Tenderly —Feminism, Sexuality, Veganism, Anti-Racism, Parenting. She/They darcyreeder.substack.com

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