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    Thumbs down School taking kids to McDonald's for lunch--I'm dumbfounded!

    DD1's going on an excursion to Build-a-bear and they're going to McDonald's after that for lunch. I'm extremely displeased with it and I can't believe what they're doing! Schools should be role models for good eating, and I'm shocked at the double standards that go on-- they have fruit time every morning for goodness' sake! And then take the kids to McDonald's for lunch?!? This is at Chadstone by the way, there are so many other options there! With all the talk about obesity and healthy eating going on, I'm just so disappointed. These kids' idea of ' if we want to have fun, we go to mcdonald's' just got enforced. It looks like 'healthy eating' just got kicked out the door.

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    Default School taking kids to McDonald's for lunch--I'm dumbfounded!

    For a once off excursion, I don't think it's a big deal, especially since they are promoting healthy eating most of the time.

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    This is probably not going to be popular lol but I don't see a problem with it, as long as it's rare. You say they have crunch and sip, or a variation so they do push healthy eating.

    I personally, believe in moderation and not making junk food taboo. i grew up in that environment with a parent that was militant with food and I've had an unhealthy relationship with junk all my adult life.

    You could always not allow your child to attend the excursion if you feel so strongly.

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    That is pretty normal in my experience (14 years and 4 different schools that my kids have gone too).
    It is because they food is cheap. Most schools have small budgets and try not to have expensive excursions.

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    Have they stated they plan on getting them there? Could be all the 'healthy options' that they have and not the burgers and chips.

    Either way, you have the choice of allowing your child to go on the excursion now you know the plans. I get where you are coming from though.

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    Default School taking kids to McDonald's for lunch--I'm dumbfounded!

    I would be upset as well. There's all kinds of evidence about how Macca's hooks kids. Childhood Obesity being an issue as well. I mean they could at least have chosen Subway...

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    I agree with BigRedV. For a once off excursion I don't think it's a big deal at all.

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    Default School taking kids to McDonald's for lunch--I'm dumbfounded!

    I think it's the association of Macca's = fun that is bothering the OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    This is probably not going to be popular lol but I don't see a problem with it, as long as it's rare. You say they have crunch and sip, or a variation so they do push healthy eating

    You could always not allow your child to attend the excursion if you feel so strongly.
    Well here is where it gets really challenging, if I say 'no', my daughter's going to feel left out. I got the same suggestion from her teacher when I questioned her motives in giving sweets as rewards for good behaviour -"Would you like her to be exempted from the sweets I give out?".
    In these formative years, everything that parents do, especially schools as well play an important role in shaping a child's behaviour/outlook, this is where the school has lost it. I don't understand-why they can't they choose a healthy option? Why can't they show that they can go to 'a healthy food place' for fun?

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    Default School taking kids to McDonald's for lunch--I'm dumbfounded!

    I get how you feel for sure, but maybe the message isn't 'we have fun so we go to maccas'... Perhaps it's more like maccas is a treat. If they eat healthy all the time at school then I think a treat is well-earned...(?)


 
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