This week’s question on the Multiples and More site is about fast food.
What do you think of the toy ban?
The toy ban? This is referring to the proposed law to ban toys from fast food kids meals. Read more about the story here at CNN.
So what do I think about this? I think it’s silly. Parents, we are in charge of what we give our kids to eat. They are the kids. You are the parent. The big person, and therefore the decision maker in the relationship. You decide if you drive the car (hey look, you are the one that drives the car as well!) into a fast food place or if you drive home.
- “While the epidemic is primarily the parent’s responsibility, make no mistake, the fast food industry is a major culprit and part of the problem,” Comrie said. He called the toys “incentive items,” which are “more important to the children than the meal itself.”
Our family does go to fast food places on occasion. But I have to say, my kids know NOTHING of toys or even french fries at these places. We never buy a kid’s meal. I typically will only buy the chicken nuggets. Period. We have water in the car. My kids call any fast food place, “The Chicken Nugget Store”. And they do beg me to go inside.
But we don’t. If we’re going to be out around lunch time, I pack something. If we’re in a tight spot and need to feed children NOW and I have nothing with me, we will go. But it’s a very big treat.
People argue that kids meals are quick, easy and cheep. I beg to differ! 3 kids meals runs me at least $10. I can buy 3 meals of chicken nuggets for the kids at Whole Foods for the same price. If I bought kids meals every day for a 5 days for the kids, it would cost my $50. I can buy my entire week’s worth of groceries at Aldi for $50. An entire week of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for 5 people for 7 days for the same price as 3 lunches for 3 people for 5 days.
It’s a no brainer for me.
I realize that there are people in our country that do not know what a healthy meal is. I also think that they don’t WANT to know. With all the information of the world at our fingertips (literally) all the time, I find it hard to believe that people are ignorant to food choices.
Blaming the toys for obesity? Silly. It’s the choices and the people making these choices that are to blame. And don’t punish my kids for others poor choices by taking away their treat and occasional crappy toy. Let’s everyone make better choices. M’kay?