Meet the Mass Family
Rebecca, Ellen, Bobby and Leah are on a mission to change t he world, one product at a time. After visiting with the chickens and cows at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, Ellen, the matriarch, went vegan instantly and t he rest of t he family quickly fell in line in t he months t hat followed. Up until t hat point, t hey had been a vegetarian family.
Ellen said that the best thing about raising her family vegan is that they are all in it together. The girls made their own connections to veganism and their food, clothing and products choices are their own. Rebecca and Leah used to invite their friends over to show them how easy it really was to be vegan. Most of their girlfriends were very receptive and any teasing by the boys only strengthened their convictions.
When asked what was the biggest challenge she'd faced raising her girls vegan, Ellen said t here really were no hardships. “We approach our l i festyle with positive vibes,” said Ellen. They did have to get t he girls out of biolog y classes once in a while if t hey were disecting, but all it took was a l etter to t he s chool and a couple of Peta brochures. Ellen recalled t hat t he public schools were ver y accommodating to t heir choices. When it came to birthday parties and other events, t hey just ate beforehand or ate what t hey could at t he party, which wasn't too hard since t he majority of t heir f riends in middle and high school were really into salads anyway.
Although the Mass family loves to cook, they don't have a goto family meal. They like to keep things interesting as Bobby and the girls like to post on their vegan instagram accounts. @ veganfoodgal, @ vegvibez and @ vegandadnj. Ellen runs an organic CSA, so there is always an assortment of fresh, organic fruits and veggies to choose from.
Ellen's advice to other parents raising their kids vegan is to “Let your kids help guide the way.” She says to teach them that it's ok that not ever yone is vegan and to be a positive voice for change. “Veganism is love and should be approached as such. I never said ‘ no' when they were young and wanted the shoes everyone had, but they knew what sacrifices were made for those shoes. Your kids will come around. Hopefully their friends and their friends' parents will, too!” ◆