My children were brought up vegetarian from birth but when they were very young I didn’t make a fuss about gelatine in sweets that were given to them by other people. However, one day when they were choosing some sweets at the corner shop after school, I decided to explain to them what gelatine was after they’d both chosen sweets containing it. Emily, who was 7 years old then, immediately returned the sweets to the shelf and chose some without gelatine.
I turned to Eve, who was only 4, and asked her “Do you want to change yours or are you not old enough to understand?”
She looked thoughtfully at her sweets and then at me and said,
“I don’t think I’m old enough to understand.”
Thus she made the difficult decision to quit gelatine another day 😉