In which my daughter decides to only eat meat

Life restoration of a group of giant azhdarchi...

A group of Quetzalcoatlus northropi foraging on a Cretaceous fern prairie. The one on the right is eating a titanosaur hatchling. (Image: Mark Witton and Darren Naish)

Daddyo, somewhat wistfully watching his daughter chomp down on the last of the bacon: “The Four-Year-Old let me know that she was a carnivore today.”

The Four-Year-Old: “Ark! Ark! Ork!”

Mommyo: “You sound like a carnivorous pterosaur.”

The Four-Year-Old: “Yes! That’s right! I’m a Quetzalcoatlus!”

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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4 Responses to In which my daughter decides to only eat meat

  1. larry says:

    Here is a good video on meat:


    • Shala Howell says:

      Don’t worry Larry, she doesn’t really mean it. Bacon, baked chicken nuggets, and hot dogs are pretty much the only meat she’ll eat, and as they aren’t that good for her, I am essentially feeding her a mostly vegetarian diet instead. Fortunately for me, she loves fresh fruit and veggies.

      Thanks for the link.


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