Originally Posted by Aufilia
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