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    Default Is McDonalds an appropriate reward for sport?

    I hate that food is always given as a reward.
    That's what I remember growing up, winning an award, birthday, weekend, stay over someone's house, do well at something, etc etc all involved fast food treats. Now it's natural thinking to think 'oh I deserve a treat'...

    DP and I use incentives like a play at certain parks or buy a new book/toy for rewards to try break the cycle.
    Whilst ds (2) doesn't always have 100% 'good' food, we just try to make food a regular part of life. I know as he gets older, it will get harder as he wants to be like his friends etc but hopefully we can instil healthy (vegetarian/vegan) values without making a fuss before he gets old enough to be influenced by big corporations...

    It's hard
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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post
    I think it's a small trade off for the, usually, large sponsorship received by McDonalds. No one is being forced to redeem it - it's not like they're turning up after the game with a happy meal for everyone.
    And that's exactly what these large corporations want us to believe.
    I believe the opposite. It's a terrible trade off to expose our young ones to marketing of unhealthy lifestyle from such a young age.
    It's depressing.

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    What annoys me is that on Saturday morning game days the canteen is serving hot chips, icy poles, packets of lollies, soft drinks and other junk. The kids play early (between 8am and 10am) and this is the crap they are selling. Made me feel ill seeing little kids devouring hot chips at 9am after playing sport.

    I should add that we don't get Maccas vouchers at our club. The kids get pizza capers or yogurtland vouchers which are a bit better than Maccas in terms of a treat I think! I know DD was stoked to pick up her free cheese pizza lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gracie's Mum View Post
    What annoys me is that on Saturday morning game days the canteen is serving hot chips, icy poles, packets of lollies, soft drinks and other junk. The kids play early (between 8am and 10am) and this is the crap they are selling. Made me feel ill seeing little kids devouring hot chips at 9am after playing sport.

    I should add that we don't get Maccas vouchers at our club. The kids get pizza capers or yogurtland vouchers which are a bit better than Maccas in terms of a treat I think! I know DD was stoked to pick up her free cheese pizza lol.
    Yum. I want yoghurt land vouchers.

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    I see no issue with it at all.

    I love McDonalds. Yeh, their food isn't great - but it's well prices, and the company does some amazing things - think Ronald McDonald House, Sponsorship, and the amount of people they employ around the world.

    My kids are allowed Maccas on occassion. They are well aware of the difference between nutritious and non nutricious foods, and they know it's not something they can eat regularly and they are fine with that. We are most definiltely an everything in moderation kinda family.

    If I was totally anti my kids eating maccas I'd just throw the vouchers away myself

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    I loathe McDonalds and their hard-sell, sneaky marketing approaches to children. Given my attitude towards McDs I would be seeking alternatives, ones that didn't promote McDs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    And that's exactly what these large corporations want us to believe.
    I believe the opposite. It's a terrible trade off to expose our young ones to marketing of unhealthy lifestyle from such a young age.
    It's depressing.
    Are you willing to contribute as much sponsorship as they do?

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    Although I don't think it's an ideal reward, if it was my ds that received the award I would be ok with it because he nearly never has mcdonalds, maybe once every 6 months so it would be a treat for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post
    Are you willing to contribute as much sponsorship as they do?
    Willing yes!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post
    Are you willing to contribute as much sponsorship as they do?
    I don't think they are big sponsors of Auskick? ( not sure about other sports though) There are about 10 local businesses that sponsor ours so I don't think it would be a make or break for the club , other sponsors have logos and branding around whereas it's just the vouchers and a mention on the newsletter I've seen so far for McDonalds - I have some great ideas instead of happy meals but I fear I might be in the minority so maybe should just ride it out until DS starts school sports!


 

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