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No, Bethenny Frankel, Your 2-Year-Old Did Not “Choose” To Be Vegetarian

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Bethenny Frankel and daughter Bryn Hoppy at a playground in NYC's West Village

Is it absurd that Bethenny Frankel is talking about how her toddler daughter “decided” to become a vegetarian? It seems absurd to me. Frankel says she and 2-year-old Bryn Hoppy will be having a turkey-free Thanksgiving because the little girl does not eat meat.

In an interview with Scholastic, Frankel shares Thanksgiving recipes and explains how her holiday cooking has changed since Bryn went veg:

“… one thing that has changed is the focus on what I make, because my daughter, Bryn (age 2), is a vegetarian. We still have a turkey because my husband wants one, but I’ve adapted a lot of our dishes for her. I used to make this incredible turkey sausage and morel stuffing, but now I make it with veggie sausage and whole grains, and it’s unbelievable.”

When asked whether she chose to raise her daughter vegetarian, Frankel said:

“No, it’s actually been her choice. She just never wants meat.”

It's like a bizarro twist on those people who are like, “My kids won't eat vegetables, only Cheetos, and what can you do?”

Not to imply there's anything wrong with choosing to raise a kid vegetarian. But it is something you choose, because kids eat what you feed them. Like, they have to. At least to a certain extent. And especially 2-year-olds. If your 2-year-old won't eat anything but broccoli or won't eat anything but white bread, that's on you. One may be more acceptable than the other, but it's on you.

Frankel says her daughter doesn't like to eat meat, which is plausible. My friend's two-year-old wants to eat nothing but mangoes and peppers for stretches of time. I get it, kids have preferences. But that's just … a kid having preferences. A two-year-old might not like to eat meat, but that doesn't mean they chose vegetarianism.

“My 4 year old doesn’t like meat that requires a lot of chewing,” comments one mom on a BabyCenter.com blog post about Frankel. “I’ve often said he could be a vegetarian if I was one or willing to cook that way.”

Photo: PacificCoastNews.com