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post #101 of 142
i don't buy ds kids meals because i don't want all the little trinket toys to be brought home. The only place he's gotten a kids meal is at chick fil a because i had coupons for free kids meals, otherwise i just buy him a chicken sandwich and juice or milk.
post #102 of 142
We usually make ds wait to play with his toy. He gets it out and we let him see what it is, then we put it up until he's done. Otherwise, he'll get distracted by the toy, forget to eat, and his food will all get cold. It's never been a big issue for any of us.
post #103 of 142
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Originally Posted by Porcelain Interior View Post
We rarely eat fast food, and my children have never played at a "playplace" in a food establishment because I think they're gross. I fully admit this might be an unreasonable hangup lol.

Greasy food, diapers, and play equipment doesn't mix imo. Too many raunchy smells and just ick.

And I have this hangup about greasy sticky gunk getting all over things like toys/furniture. It's just something I try to avoid because it's gross.

We will never go to chuck e cheese. We did once with our oldest and I cannot fathom a more horrific way to spend money or time.
Totally agree with all of that.

I guess in our case, we eat out so rarely, that I don't really care if they play and eat. At home, they know that toys don't come to the table.

My kids never want the same thing (one wants chicken, the other wants a hamburger) so sharing a big meal wouldn't work and it ends up being cheaper to get the kids' meals. The toys usually break within a week anyways so they go in the trash at that point.
post #104 of 142
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Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
Also, I have friends who don't let their kids play in the play land until they've eaten. I consider the play to be healthier than the food, so I let mine play away.
... Makes note to self...
post #105 of 142
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Originally Posted by Ellen Griswold View Post
I know not everybody here let's their kids have McDonalds, but I have a question for those who do. We eat McD's occasionally, usually just when travelling but every now and again....just because.

Today I took dd in for lunch as we were running errands. We sat down, I opened her super fabulous toy , and we ate. She alternated between playing with her toy and eating. In comes a mom and her little boy. Now, I have no idea what their day had been like before they got there, have no idea what she might have told this child before coming in, and so on. They sat down, she wouldn't let him have the toy until he had eaten, and he proceeded to throw a ballistic fit. Now, having been part of tantrums in public before, I do have some symathy. But, I guess I don't get it. This is certainly not the first time I have seen this. And, to me, seems like an easily prevented problem.

So, my question is, do you make your child eat their food before giving them the toy? Why do you do this?
DS and I have personally been to McDonald's 3 times since he's been born and only once to eat inside. He played with his toy and still ate his meal and all was good. I've seen what you mentioned before and it drives me crazy. Something that could easily be prevented has been turned in to a chaotic fiasco and embarrassing for both child and mother.
post #106 of 142
If we're in a hurry, we just drive through.

If I'm actually IN McDonalds it's because we're on a road trip and we're using it as a place for us (the adults) to get coffee and the kids to blow off some energy. We almost never go IN a McDonalds (or drive through, really) so it would feel mean to withold the toy or not let her play. If she's hungry, she'll eat. She might eat, play, eat, play, eat, run off and play but that's what wet wipes are for. If I she's not hungry enough to eat and look at the toy at the same time or eat without asking for the toy, she's not that hungry and I really really really don't want her to learn to eat "because it's time" or "because I said so" or to get something.

I am thoroughly grossed out by the play equipment. We don't have parks here and it's the closest most kids come to the "park and playground experience" they'd get in other towns but MAN that stuff is grody. If it is at all possible on road trips, we'll try to spot a park or even a nicer, cleaner rest area and eat/blow off steam there instead of McD's. Also, the first time I finally broke down and let my daughter play in the play equipment, she got disoriented in one of those hamster tube things and couldn't find her way out. Thank goodness I had my super teeny and agile SIL with me to go in after. Then ten minutes later she misjudged a landing and busted her lip.
post #107 of 142
I have only skimmed the other responses. I can't speak from experience (opened this thread more out of curiosity) but I would say this would be hard to judge from the outside. There is no way of knowing this child's ability to manage the experience of a "new toy," and there is no way of knowing what the eating situation was or whether there were particular time constraints. Finally, there is no way to know whether the child had any special needs that might impact either how the parent was operating or what the child would have done given the opportunity to have the toy during the meal...let alone whether that was involved in the tantrum.
post #108 of 142
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Originally Posted by Aufilia View Post
Yes, we do. Our rules when eating out are the same as at home: when the food is served, we eat. We don't play, read books, get up from the table to run around, or whatever. Meal time is family-together time. Playtime is for when are we are done and tummies are full (and, at home, have been excused).
Same for us (though we rarely actually get happy meals because I refuse to pay for a piece of MIC plastic junk)

As for not making my kid eat all of their food because it is junk, I have to disagree with this for a couple of reasons

(1) though it may be not be the most nutritious food, there are people who have no food to eat at all (kids eat dirt in Haiti) and I think it sends a terrible message to my kids that we've got such an overabundance of food, we can "afford" to waste it, simply because it isn't organic and unprocessed

(2) if you really believe so strongly it is junk, what message are we giving our kids of spending our hard-earned money on junk and plan on throwing some/all of it away, we can "afford" to throw money away, shouldn't we live out our beliefs as an example for our children
post #109 of 142
We don't have a McD here so we usually go about once a year when we're on summer vacation. I ask that the kids eat something before playing with the toy, usually they want the fries while they're still hot. The rest of the food can be wrapped up to go. Usually they're too keen on playing to really pay attention to the toy. They also usually realize that they're going to have a few hours in the car when we leave so they'll have plenty of time to play with the new toy then.
post #110 of 142
i dont do happy meals. the toy is ummmm i cant spend money on something that is going to just take up space and then get given away. so i buy them a meal, fries and a drink. i dont do juice at mcdonalds they come in a plastic #7 so i avoid it and the milk is 1% so i let them have chocolate milk or pop if they get drinks.
post #111 of 142
For those who don't do the meal, because of the toy, is there no option to skip the toy? I've ordered Happy Meals without the toy several times.
post #112 of 142
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post
For those who don't do the meal, because of the toy, is there no option to skip the toy? I've ordered Happy Meals without the toy several times.
I'm sure they'd be happy to give you a Happy Meal without a toy, but would they reduce the price accordingly? I think some people are saying that it's more expensive to buy a Happy Meal than to order off the dollar menu, so since they don't care about the toy anyway, why pay a Happy Meal price? At least that's what I thought they were saying, but I could be wrong.
post #113 of 142
I let them have the toy when they have the food, unless they are playing instead of eating for a long period- then I take it till they're done. It's never resulted in a tantrum though- just fast eating LOL
post #114 of 142
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Originally Posted by limabean View Post
I'm sure they'd be happy to give you a Happy Meal without a toy, but would they reduce the price accordingly? I think some people are saying that it's more expensive to buy a Happy Meal than to order off the dollar menu, so since they don't care about the toy anyway, why pay a Happy Meal price? At least that's what I thought they were saying, but I could be wrong.
Oh, that could be. I've always found a Happy Meal to still be cheaper than ordering each item individually...but I haven't been to McDonalds in a long time this time around.
post #115 of 142
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post
Oh, that could be. I've always found a Happy Meal to still be cheaper than ordering each item individually...but I haven't been to McDonalds in a long time this time around.
I bought two Happy Meals today and it was just under $10. Since they offer a cheeseburger, small fries, and small drinks on their dollar menu (I think...not sure), you could buy two of each of those items for $6 plus tax. Which is something I hadn't thought of before -- I might start doing it that way now that I realize how much it saves!
post #116 of 142
When we go to McD's it is always about The Blue Slide! I let my guy run around, come back for a bite, run. bite etc... He never likes the toys much, they are not trains or planes so he has no interest. I think more importantly is to emphasize that McD's is a treat and that eating this way regularly is not good for you. Honestly I could care less when he gets the toy, we have toys at our table at home.
post #117 of 142
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Originally Posted by limabean View Post
I bought two Happy Meals today and it was just under $10. Since they offer a cheeseburger, small fries, and small drinks on their dollar menu (I think...not sure), you could buy two of each of those items for $6 plus tax. Which is something I hadn't thought of before -- I might start doing it that way now that I realize how much it saves!
I don't believe we have a dollar menu. I remember seeing something about that somewhere, but I'm not sure we have it. I'll have to check next time I walk by McDs.
post #118 of 142
Well, we go to McDonald's all the time and she has to wait to get the toy. Because if I give her the toy first, she will play with it for 30 minutes, and then fall apart because her food is cold and wants me to buy her a new meal. So, she eats most of her food first and then gets the toy.
post #119 of 142
DS gets the toy with the food and he can play before he's eaten his food. I don't insist he eat McDonald's food!!!
post #120 of 142
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post
Oh, that could be. I've always found a Happy Meal to still be cheaper than ordering each item individually...but I haven't been to McDonalds in a long time this time around.
Yeah, this. I buy the mighty kids meal with the 6 piece nuggets and we share it.
It's enough for both of us and cheaper than we got anything individually or I got something separate from his Happy Meal....and he gets the toy....ok, sometimes I like the toy too. Pfffft.
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