V is for… Vegetarian

My 9 year old announced yesterday that he is now a vegetarian.

Prior to yesterday he was probably the biggest carnivore on the planet.

His reasons for becoming a vegetarian are:

• the animals don’t ask to be eaten

• it might hurt the animals when they are killed

a chicken once lived for months without it’s head

Bear Grylls knocked a toad out on a cave wall and then ate it’s guts and it was gross

I have decided to humour him and so far (yes for 2 whole days….) he has been eating a vegetarian diet.

I’m not sure if this is the right thing to do or if I should tell him to wait until he is older? Can a 9 year old get sufficient sustenance from a purely veggie diet? What foods should I include to ensure that he receive sufficient protein?

Does any of you have vegetarian children – are there any pitfalls that I should be aware of?