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    can we keep out the personal arguments? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackEyedPea View Post
    it seems, but we need to really educate people on this because in actual fact it's much faster to whip together a yummy, healthy meal than waiting the 20mins at the take-away shop it takes them to get the food to you. There's so many dishes one can prepare in ten mins - stir fry's, wraps, San chow bow... It takes a few minutes to throw some veggies in the steamer/pan and grill some crumbed cutlets/chicken/fish. It's easy.
    Yeah but it takes more than 20 minutes to stop at the shops and get the ingredients. I tend not to keep the fridge stocked as it usually ends up going to waste. We get home so late most nights it's toasted sandwiches and scrambled eggs!

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    Stir fry always takes way longer than 20 minutes for me. Sure, maybe 20 minutes to cook... but what about the chopping up for everything and making the sauce?

    I have lazy meals I do that aren't takeaway, and that don't take long, but I don't really care if I go get takeaway sometimes. Sometimes we're out at stupid times, and it's either buy takeaway on the way home or wait until I get home, make something, and end up feeding DD at 8.30pm, when she's supposed to be in bed at 7.30.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Clementine Grace View Post
    I think a few a few of us have said it was a treat when we were kids. In the 80s, it was a treat because it was a novelty and you only had it a couple if times a year if that ...

    I don't think it's a treat these day, so many families I know give if to their kids once a week or more. Yuk.
    Yet that's what I mean. Growing up in the 80's we didn't have one in our suburb till I was about 12. It was a treat because we had to drive about 20 mins, you got a toy in the meal, they had a playground and things like chicken nuggets that we never ate at home. It was fun cos you could play with your friends etc. the experience made it a treat as a kid, not so much the food.
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    Default School taking kids to McDonald's for lunch--I'm dumbfounded!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lili81 View Post
    But maccas doesn't even taste good?! I really find it tasting revolting. And I keep wondering how on earth they manage to sell this so cheap. How much do they pay their employees? What kind of meat and other ingredients do they buy?

    I must be a foodie, but I remember foundly the burger nights at home with brioche topped up with swiss cheese and grilled in the oven, while steaks were cooking in a pan with some onions. We would put them together with tomato, salad, cornichon and homemade mayonnaise. Aaaaaah to die for!!!
    That's a treat in my books :-p

    Now I think I know what we're having for dinner tonight
    You a total foody!

    What the heck is a cornichon? Is that a pickle? Again with the brioche... These aren't run of the mill foods!

    And I buy organic, free range etc. not unversed in cooking entirely.

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

    I read to half way down page two. I can't keep reading on! :/

    I know I'll get shot down for this but all I keep thinking is :It's the end of the year! The kids are doing something fun as the last days of term come to a close. It's just one meal out of the entire year. I'm not too sure why people would get their knickers in a knot over it?

    I'm all for eating well and teaching my kids about making healthy food choices but I wouldn't get worked up about a Maccas lunch at the last school excursion for the year! I definitely wouldn't be considering removing my child or providing her own lunch while the other kids get McDonalds. I'd let her join in and get excited with her about the fact that they are getting a special treat cause she doesn't get Maccas very often at home (I'd rather eat cardboard personally!).

    It's been established that the school has a healthy eating policy. That's great! It's not the end of the world if they treat the kids to Maccas ONE time out of the whole year! Sure they could go somewhere healthier but it's a treat, something fun for the kids and probably an easier and more economical choice for the excursion organisers. Nothing to get worked up about surely!

    Things these days get so over-thought, over-planned, over-regulated.....just let them enjoy their last days of school together at Make-A-Bear and Maccas. If your child eats healthy meals at home every day then it's not going to do any major damage.

    No big deal...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by GirlyWirly View Post
    I read to half way down page two. I can't keep reading on! :/

    I know I'll get shot down for this but all I keep thinking is :It's the end of the year! The kids are doing something fun as the last days of term come to a close. It's just one meal out of the entire year. I'm not too sure why people would get their knickers in a knot over it?

    I'm all for eating well and teaching my kids about making healthy food choices but I wouldn't get worked up about a Maccas lunch at the last school excursion for the year! I definitely wouldn't be considering removing my child or providing her own lunch while the other kids get McDonalds. I'd let her join in and get excited with her about the fact that they are getting a special treat cause she doesn't get Maccas very often at home (I'd rather eat cardboard personally!).

    It's been established that the school has a healthy eating policy. That's great! It's not the end of the world if they treat the kids to Maccas ONE time out of the whole year! Sure they could go somewhere healthier but it's a treat, something fun for the kids and probably an easier and more economical choice for the excursion organisers. Nothing to get worked up about surely!

    Things these days get so over-thought, over-planned, over-regulated.....just let them enjoy their last days of school together at Make-A-Bear and Maccas. If your child eats healthy meals at home every day then it's not going to do any major damage.

    No big deal...
    Couldn't agree more!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by GirlyWirly View Post
    I read to half way down page two. I can't keep reading on! :/

    I know I'll get shot down for this but all I keep thinking is :It's the end of the year! The kids are doing something fun as the last days of term come to a close. It's just one meal out of the entire year. I'm not too sure why people would get their knickers in a knot over it?

    I'm all for eating well and teaching my kids about making healthy food choices but I wouldn't get worked up about a Maccas lunch at the last school excursion for the year! I definitely wouldn't be considering removing my child or providing her own lunch while the other kids get McDonalds. I'd let her join in and get excited with her about the fact that they are getting a special treat cause she doesn't get Maccas very often at home (I'd rather eat cardboard personally!).

    It's been established that the school has a healthy eating policy. That's great! It's not the end of the world if they treat the kids to Maccas ONE time out of the whole year! Sure they could go somewhere healthier but it's a treat, something fun for the kids and probably an easier and more economical choice for the excursion organisers. Nothing to get worked up about surely!

    Things these days get so over-thought, over-planned, over-regulated.....just let them enjoy their last days of school together at Make-A-Bear and Maccas. If your child eats healthy meals at home every day then it's not going to do any major damage.

    No big deal...
    Well said! I couldn't agree more

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

    Quote Originally Posted by moongazer View Post
    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
    You made a lot of excellent points, but I mostly appreciate you nailing the marketing issue on the head. It's appalling. We studied junk food advertising in my health policy research class and looked at how these things flow on to increases in childhood obesity and even type two diabetes in some cases.

    There are a lot of ethical issues at play in this type of corporate behavior. Not to mention the ways in which the food production industry has changed in response to the likes of Maccas. The way livestock are increasingly raised, etc. I could go on.

    I am not sure that its ethical for schools to send to effectively endorse to children a corporation that shows such contempt for those children as to employ such insidious marketing tactics directly targeted at children who the become the second generation less healthy than their parents.

    Jus' sayin'

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

    Just as a side point, McDonald's are actually going backwards profits wise for the first time since coming to Australia.

    They have said they plan to combat this trend by introducing more cheap ingredients and dollar deals etc.

    Just whet we need eh!

    They are losing out to other chains who have introduced more contemporary ranges, if Meccas had a clue they would improve their fresh choices etc not just lower their standard even further

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