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

    Quote Originally Posted by SassyMummy View Post
    I'm wondering if I'm a bad mother for not freaking out that DD is being given pizza at school next week for their Christmas party... lol.

    Honestly, unless the school is taking them to Maccas every week, I don't understand the problem.
    You are a terrible mother, you should have been out the front of her school with anti pizza signs

    I agree though, a once-in-a-blue-moon thing really isn't going to send your child into cardiac arrest from the unhealthy ingredients in a burger.

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    Oh, as for Subway, they could order a platter... but is Subway anywhere near the Build-a-Bear place? It may not be.

    Also, those platters? They're good for older people, who aren't as fussy and particular as small children, but they're kind of set. You can choose the meat filling, but they kind of just choose the salads and sauces. I don't like cucumber or raw capsicum, and I don't like mayonnaise. I HATE mayonnaise. I think you'd find kids are probably worse than that. I would predict there'd be heaps of uneaten subs if that's what they chose to do.

    MOST kids will eat nuggets, a cheeseburger or a wrap without too much of an issue. I also suspect that McDonalds has a much better area in which to seat a large number of children. Subway usually has limited seating available.

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    I wouldn't be too happy about my kids going to Maccas for an excursion either. We have it VERY rarely.

    It's not about being nazi-ish and not let the kids have a "treat", or lollies etc. It's about being out of control about the child receiving unhealthy foods. I have no problem with my kids being at a party and having lollies, chips etc. It is a special occasion and this is expected food.
    An excursion, organised by a school should be promoting healthier choices, rather than taking the choice of when a "treat" is given to a child.

    ETA - in regards to having pizza etc at school excursions. I have not so much an issue with this. Perhaps it is the marketing which is aimed specifically at children, therefore some parents have significant problems with children pestering them at home for Maccas or KFC or Hungry Jacks. Marketers know the power of pestering. It is actually called pester power. I would be happy if they had a pizza from a pizza place - not from Dominos or Pizza Hut.

    Of more concern for me however is that the child's class uses sweets as a reward. How on earth is THAT appropriate? Then for the teacher to say that your child will be left out of receiving rewards if you don' want her to have sweets?? Is this almost a form of bullying?? Food for a reward = bad. Oh, and the poor diabetic kids who obviously will never be rewarded by this silly teacher. Non food rewards. Whether it be a star system and at so many stars the child gets an early minute for the day, or stickers or other non food reward.
    OMG - it makes me furious
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    I haven't read all the replies but I really don't have an issue with it, and I studied nutrition!

    From what I have observed its the kids who's parents are super strict on foods growing up that rebel and go nuts with junk when they can make their own choices. Because yes, kids need to learn to choose for themselves and moderation is a valuable lesson too. Acting like McDonald's is some sort of illicit drug is a bit extreme.

    We went for a class excursion that had a McDonalds lunch. Felt so grownup sitting there eating "by ourselves".

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    That's what happened with me Darla. Maccas was a once-a-year type of thing for us.

    As soon as I hit an age where I could go and buy my own food, I would eat LOTS of it. Like, sometimes, we would go through the Maccas drive-thru 3 times a night when I was 16/17 (we spent our nights driving around... from about 8pm until 3am... lol). I was never skinny, but I certainly didn't have the same weight issues I had a child/teenager as I did an older teenager/adult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubbabailey View Post
    I am a big believer in moderation and I doubt that just once on this excursion should be such an issue... It's like a birthday party... Do you stop your child from having chips and lollies at birthday parties too? It's all got the same rubbish and additives in it.....
    If that was aimed at me then no. We have just got back from a morning at the beach and my kids are eating lemonade ice blocks. We have loads of treats in our house. I know those kids whose parents never allow treats and they are a nightmare at birthday parties as they eat everything in sight.

    I don't think anyone has bothered to read my posts on this. I don't like the food, but it's also got massive ethical issues for me and for anyone else who cares to read about the farming industry behind maccas. There's a reason why the food is so cheap. Google fecal studies and fast food. I don't want my kids eating that ****e (literally).

    I don't really care how other people treat their kids with McDonald's. I do think McDonald's is not in the same category though as pizza (which we eat at least once a week).

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    And I grew up in north qld without McDonald's or fast food and didn't binge on it. If my oldest asked me to go to McDonald's I'd simply tell her while I am responsible for feeding her we won't be eating there but once she's old enough she can make her own choices.

    There are so many threads on here about extended family not respecting parent's wishes about hot chips, white bread etc, but if you're against McDonald's you must be some type of greenie nightmare. That couldn't be further from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    If that was aimed at me then no. We have just got back from a morning at the beach and my kids are eating lemonade ice blocks. We have loads of treats in our house. I know those kids whose parents never allow treats and they are a nightmare at birthday parties as they eat everything in sight.

    I don't think anyone has bothered to read my posts on this. I don't like the food, but it's also got massive ethical issues for me and for anyone else who cares to read about the farming industry behind maccas. There's a reason why the food is so cheap. Google fecal studies and fast food. I don't want my kids eating that ****e (literally).

    I don't really care how other people treat their kids with McDonald's. I do think McDonald's is not in the same category though as pizza (which we eat at least once a week).
    This is actually a good point. I don't eat macca's for the same reason, and haven't for 20 years and i guess these days macca's isn't the same as when we were kids. Well its seems to be much more widely consumed as a common food group rather than an occasional food.

    It sounds like a lot of parents would have a problem with kids eating it so maybe OP you could bring it up with the school, as you don't seem to be alone in your view.

    Personally, i don't want to give our kid macdonald's (though I'm sure my DP will do a sneaky drive through run every now and then when i don't know about it) but I also might feel bad making them eat something different to all the other kids in the same situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    If that was aimed at me then no. We have just got back from a morning at the beach and my kids are eating lemonade ice blocks. We have loads of treats in our house. I know those kids whose parents never allow treats and they are a nightmare at birthday parties as they eat everything in sight.

    I don't think anyone has bothered to read my posts on this. I don't like the food, but it's also got massive ethical issues for me and for anyone else who cares to read about the farming industry behind maccas. There's a reason why the food is so cheap. Google fecal studies and fast food. I don't want my kids eating that ****e (literally).

    I don't really care how other people treat their kids with McDonald's. I do think McDonald's is not in the same category though as pizza (which we eat at least once a week).
    Oh gosh so now we are literally feeding our babies sh*t! Oh my god we are bad parents! I'll have to look that up. But seriously, all food can be linked to poo somehow... Whole chickens still have the poo in them.... And even 'organic' produce is grown in manure. I'm confused. What is the significant degree of separation of poo and food in the whole process from dirt to mouth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackEyedPea View Post
    Oh gosh so now we are literally feeding our babies sh*t! Oh my god we are bad parents! I'll have to look that up. But seriously, all food can be linked to poo somehow... Whole chickens still have the poo in them.... And even 'organic' produce is grown in manure. I'm confused. What is the significant degree of separation of poo and food in the whole process from dirt to mouth?
    But it's ok for people to accuse people who don't take their kids to McDonald's as wowsers? Or setting them up for obesity later in life as binge eaters? I don't recall saying anyone was a bad parent - I am pointing out that MY reasons for not liking the place have to do with more than the just the low quality of the food. There are so many reasons I don't like the place.

    As for the poo, a wide ranging study of numerous fast food chains found poo in the meat patties, due to the killing techniques and lack of cleanliness in the abattoirs. I'm sure there are lots of things about lot of food that if I found out about it would turn me off, but this is one thing I know of and it makes the thought of eating there not attractive.

    You can keep insulting my opinions all you like. I'm merely giving my reasons. I think I've been pretty clear but I'll say it once again. I don't care if anyone else gives their kids maccas but I don't choose to give it to mine. And hey if people want to keep going there great - just don't be rude because I don't agree with it.
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