I still possess my love for the purveyor of all things fried & faux: McDonalds.
Allow me to share with you why:
1. The Happy Meal (& McDonalds in general) is an amazing teaching tool. My child is on the receiving end of entire days filled with NO! That said, each NO she receives is fodder for an age appropriate discussion about why. We visit our local McDonalds a couple of times a month(and did over the long weekend) for some playscape-time & a snack of apples and milk. I deliberately choose this fast food emporium because of the conversations & opportunities it provides me to parent. Which leads me to…
2. The Happy Meal is only the first of manymany. Given my tattoos and quirky clothing choices people often assume I am a permissive parent. Hello cover not indicative of the book! Sure I’d be all in if we could ban Happy Meals, age inappropriate skimpy clothing, R rated movies viewed by tweens, a certain trashy pre-teen book series etc etc—-but we cannot. In my eyes the Happy Meal is only the first of many realizations my child will have that other kids can do things/eat things she cannot. At the age of 5 ½ she already can carry on her *own* conversation with regards to this: Why can she have ____ and I can’t? (dramatic pause) I know, Mama. Because she’s not your girl (exceedingly long melodramatic sigh).
3. One Mom’s Happy Meal is another Mom’s (insert not perfect food choice here). Our family may not consume Happy Meals, but we do have some junk in the house. YES as a new mom I judged adults who let kids consume fast food crap—until I realized our Hershey’s Kisses were their McDonalds fries. Do we eat junk food daily? No. Are there occasional hot summer nights filled with ice-cream and old school Magic Shell? Yes. The realization of that was a light-bulb moment for me. I may think my Annie’s Organic crackers rock—but they are still processed CRACKERS nonetheless.
4. Since 100% fast food elimination is unrealistic—I’m focusing on the fact it takes a village. Of course I want our kids to eat healthy, non-hormone laden, organic foods. Yes I’m painfully aware 15% of American children are overweight putting them at risk for developing heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Yes it breaks my heart, in some states, childhood obesity is over 30 percent. I believe, right now, education is our answer. I’m grateful for the access I have to information others may not and spend hours a week writing & filming videos about this stuff for free. Teaching, in this woman’s opinion, is our greatest ally in the fight against obesity as the more I’m told I cannot have something the more ALLURING that something becomes. Teach me why I do NOT WANT IT & I’ll make different choices willingly.
**stumbles off accidental soapbox sparked by a stranger chastising me this weekend **
So that’s me, People, on this day after a long holiday weekend when we Americans are all a tad slow & sluggish.
Do you feel as the stranger I encountered did: that all things McDonalds & fast food are evil?
Or are you willing to step up and OUT and announce, as I did, YES in a small quirky misfit’y way YOURE LOVIN’ IT.
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