Major mama confessions… The following is a conversation with my son this afternoon:
Preschool Boy: My favorite restaurant is McDonald’s.
Me, my hanging head in shame: Why?
Preschool Boy: Because you can get dragons.
Preschool Boy: And I get chicken nuggets… and fries… and dragon toys.
While I’m annoyed that a fast food restaurant has so clearly targeted and reached my 3 year old, by including toys with the meals like the dragon toys from How to Train Your Dragon that my son begs to own, I have no one to blame but myself. (And, if I’m being honest, I like eating at McDonald’s. I’m sorry, but nothing beats a cold fountain Coke with McDonald’s fries so I totally give in when he asks to go.)
But, I hate that I turn to McDonald’s for a quick meal as we’re rushing home from gymnastics class for nap time. I mean, as a friend of mine said to me recently, “YOU go to McDonald’s? Miss, I-make-all-my-kid’s-organic-baby-food-Kate is giving her kids McDonald’s?” Ugh. Yes, yes, I am.
I think just about any food is okay in moderation, but clearly we’ve passed moderation when my son claims its his favorite restaurant and begs to go eat there for toys.
I need a food revolution. What about you?