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post #21 of 142
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Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
No. That's just silly. 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.
This! When we go, they might eat 1/2 their food, but they expend more then 1/;2 the calories! They can have the toy right away...but I don't like them taking it into the play land
post #22 of 142
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Originally Posted by childsplay View Post
I just give them the whole bag .
It's a major deal to them to get a Happy Meal, well the 'idea' of it is anyway, as we rarely ever go. Where we are it's a lot of money for what you get (McDonald's 'food') , so we really have to think of our other options for the money involved. Happy Meals run close to $6 with tax, so times that by three, plus a $6 (or more!!) salad for me and a meal for DH, and we could buy groceries for a few days, or take the kids downtown to the blues bar and feast on ribs all afternoon plus hear great music..... In other words, my kids really only get them if we have gift certificates or someone else is buying.

So in the very rare occurance that they actually get a Happy Meal I just say go for it, enjoy, and not place any rules or restrictions on it.
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Wowza. $6 for a Happy Meal? That is pricey! I think ours run around $2.99-3.50.
post #23 of 142
DD has to start eating before she gets the toy. Normally she'll eat some, then get bored, we'll give her the toy which she plays with for awhile, then we direct her back to eating.

If we gave her the toy first she wouldn't eat anything. We normally only get fast food when we're starving and about to eat each other. And she has trouble remembering that she's hungry is there's any kind of distraction. So she has to eat a bit. Once that starts to hit her system she's happy to keep eating.
post #24 of 142
Well, usually the idea of a fast food place for me is for the eating to get done, well, fast. With three kids, if they're all playing with their toys, there's very little eating getting done - there's more fighting (over who got what toy or who made someone else's toy fall in the ranch dressing or the cars getting driven off the table so they have to be retreived, etc) and less eating. If they were satisfied to toss what wasn't eaten in the time we have, I wouldn't care. But usually, it ends up meaning meltdowns and cried of how they're starving when I try to end the meal. So, if we're eating at the fast food place, they generally don't get the toys until they are done or nearing done with their meals. If we grab on the way home, they get the toys on the ride home to distract them from the food I won't let them eat in the car.
post #25 of 142
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Originally Posted by mamatoablessing View Post
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Wowza. $6 for a Happy Meal? That is pricey! I think ours run around $2.99-3.50.
Same here. I can get a burger, fries, small pop cheaper than buying the happy meal so that is what I usually do.
post #26 of 142
My kids always eat their food before getting the toy. They are not allowed it otherwise they don't eat their food. They do not throw fits over not getting the toy either though. Also, they don't usually get a happy meal unless we're travelling & the toy is for in the car. If we go just because they share regular meals so no toy.
post #27 of 142
we have the toys 'watch' us eat.. my DD is 3.5 and does really well with thsi, we get the food out, then sometimes the toy waits in the box and sometimes it gets out to watch .. she has never once thrown a fit about it.. she use to ask to play with it first and i told her she had to eat first, no big deal.. i don't make her finish her food or anything, just eat til she is done.. if i think that she is not eating because she wants to say she is done so she can play, i will let her play for a few mins then go back to eating.. we're flexible really, but the general policy is toy comes after food..
post #28 of 142
What's that country song that played a year or so ago? The one that had the quote ... "Riding down the road, just my boy and me, happy meal in his booster seat, knowing that he coudn't have his toy till the nuggets were gone" -

I could care less if ds eats his McDonalds happy meal. The best part of that meal is the apples, and heck, those are even peeled. As far as I'm concerned he can play and eat something later at home if he gets hungry. Of course, for some odd reason ds thinks McDonalds nuggets are like golden treasure and eats them faster than any other food I've ever seen.

So he gets the whole bag, I don't care if he eats any of it or not. But I really don't care what other people do - and to answer the OP, yep, I think it's pretty common to see parents require their kids to eat before getting the toy.
post #29 of 142
We always hold the toy until the kids are done eating. Not, mind you, until they have eaten every single bite of food or anything like that, but until they are ready to throw away anything that remains. The toy is not a bribe to keep them eating. When we've let them have the toys earlier it ends up taking FOREVER to eat, and also the kids don't pay enough attention to where their ketchup is in relationship to their toy. It's been our policy for awhile that we eat and then play. If I let them play while eating, I would inevitably end up cleaning things up while DS screeched "I'm still EATING!" even though he was obviously playing, not eating. Same with the playgrounds in fast food places. Eat all you're going to eat first, then go play. Otherwise, the remaining food would be a stalling technique to keep us in the restaurant for endless amounts of time.
post #30 of 142
My dd would also eat, and play with the toy at the same time. But, maybe if I had a child who only wanted the toy, and not the lunch, I might.... but, I doubt, I'd do that. It's not a hill I want to die on. Eat or don't eat.. I don't really mind. It just means more fries for me!

What I WILL do, is "no seconds on drinks, til you eat some of the food".
post #31 of 142
I have a rule that we eat first, then play and when we go to the car, they get their toy. I think I've only bent on the rule once. The reason I do this is that my son is highly distractible. If he even sees the toy, he's not eating. So, I empty the bags of their food and then place the bag by me so has not to tempt him.
post #32 of 142
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Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
No. That's just silly. 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.
I like your point of view!
post #33 of 142
I let my kids have the meal and the toy all at the same time. I do see tons of parents around me withholding the toy until the kids are done and I feel super bad about that. Especially when the kids are sitting right next to mine and can clearly see that my kids are eating and playing. But withholding the toy would be really out of character from how I usually do things. It seems like I'd be giving them a reward (the toy) for eating their Chicken McNuggets and fries, which isn't really something worthy of being rewarded with a toy IMO... I don't know. That seems like giving them a toy for doing a great job eating their ice cream or something, which would be weird. I mean obviously what works for other families is just great and totally up to them, but here I give them the whole package at once.
post #34 of 142
I give my DS the meal and toy at the same time, but he'll sit and eat while playing with his toy, so I've never had a reason to do otherwise. If my kid would get distracted by the toy and not eat anything, I might do it differently.

ETA: Regarding the healthiness of McDonald's happy meals, DS gets a cheese sandwich, apples, and milk. Maybe not the absolute healthiest thing ever (since the cheese is processed and the bun is made with white flour), but certainly not worthless calories either, IMO.
post #35 of 142
I don't care if they play with their toys and eat at the same time, have the toy first, whatever...

but they have to finish eating before they go into the playland. I figure they're playing and touching who-knows-what, I at least wanna know that their hands were clean(ish!) when they were eating with them!
post #36 of 142
I'm kinda wishing I had a Cheeseburger now.
post #37 of 142
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Originally Posted by nextcommercial View Post
I'm kinda wishing I had a Cheeseburger now.


really? from McDonald's even? you must not be very krunchy!
post #38 of 142
I never buy kid's meals b/c I hate the junky toys.
post #39 of 142
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Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
No. That's just silly. 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.

SO TRUE!!!!!


I personally hate McDonalds, but there have been occasions (like road trips) where there was no other option - or at least not a better option. I kind of figure the toy to be one of the bigger pluses to the stop - a little entertainment goes a long way to keeping kids happy in the car.

I'm sure there are individual circumstances where a mom feels that her child needs to focus on the food first or whatever, but it's certainly not a battle worth fighting IMO.
post #40 of 142
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Originally Posted by Alyantavid View Post
I just hand each kid their bag. They're usually equally excited about the food and the toy so I have no problem letting them play and eat at the same time.
This.

When we go to a restaurant that has a kids' menu, we usually get packs of crayons and a booklet of games, so I kind of look at this the same way. We eat, talk, and play all at the same time. And the latest McD's toys were American Girl books, so we ate, read, and did some crafts, too.
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