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"Your poor deprived children" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: thats what my friend said to me yesterday....We were talking about her coming with her 4 y/o and visiting later this week. She said "I'll just stop and get us all happy meals" and I told her "thanks but my girls dont eat happy meals or any fast food" She was speechless, literally she thinks I'm depriving my kids! She asked if they dont eat fast food, what do they eat? And I told her, "I cook every meal with whole, mostly organic foods" she was stunned...Why is it okay to feed a soon-to-be 2 y/o fast food!!! Its gross and I cant in good conscience feed that to my kids! Am I weird?<br><br>
*Yes I do eat it, maybe once a month (if that)
 

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They are deprived. Of excess salt, food dye, sugar, artificial flavor...<br><br>
My DD gets fast food once in a great while (2x a year) but I would rather her have a home cooked meal. People are annoying.
 

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You're not "normal" according to most of society who eat junk all the time...but you know better and know what is good for your kids. Keep it up! Maybe you'll rub off on your friend some day.
 

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we don't do the fast food scene, either.<br><br>
the only time dd was in a fast food joint, was because i had to use the restroom.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I hear ya! My daughter gets so much pity for the junk she doesn't eat due to her food allergies. ya, it sucks to eat whole, healthy foods!<br><br>
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I am always *shocked* to hear that people I know still eat fast food. I just can't imagine anything less appealing. I would never feed it to myself or to my children.<br><br>
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The terrible thing about this is that the person that I really get this from the most is my own mother. My mother raves about the foods we eat (vegetarian, organic) and about how good they make her feel and about how well DS eats.<br><br>
Still, a huge amount of her diet is fast food and she has the fantasy of taking her grandsons out to eat a Happy Meal together. I appreciate her wanting to do fun things with the boys and to feed them things that make her the fun grandmother, but BLEGH! My boy has just discovered the joy of French fries so I am not saying we are perfect eaters or consumers, but the commercialism, the fat, the meat...yuck yuck yuck. Poor dear, she saves my boy the toys from the Happy Meals she eats and I just give them away.<br><br>
I just try to give her other ideas for ways to spoil the kiddo!
 

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DItto to above. I mean, I'll eat fast food once in a while (and I include in that category subs, nice pizza, etc), but to young children? Why on earth would you introduce it to them, they'll be exposed to it beyond your control soon enough.
 

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One of my mom's friends was horrified to learn that my kids don't eat fast food. According to her, "McDonald's is a right of passage for all children!". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I was pretty astounded when an otherwise intelligent friend of mine told me she took each of her children out for a happy meal on their first birthday.<br>
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I guess I can see how certian people feel like your depriving your kids if you dont let them have fast food, I completely disagree with them but at least I know what their logic is ( that you are depriving them of an excellent treat yuck).<br>
Pretty shocking that she would ask what you feed them if not happy meals though, who feeds their kids *mostly* fast food?
 

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So the first time DD1 went to McDonald's, she was 3.5y and were were traveling. Dh and were talking about our lack of options, I agreed to go, and then DD1 gets so excited, bouncing everywhere. Turns out she thought we were going Old McDonalds.... you know, the farm in the song. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> She was greatly disappointed when she learned there were not animals to visit there.
 

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My DD has never had fast food either. I think she's way too young, not that I would make it a habit for older kids either. I can't believe people would give a 1 year old McDonald's?
 

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I know how you feel! When my ds was only 8 months old, my MIL wanted to feed him french fries when we were at Steak n Shake with her for dinner. I gave her the same explanation that you gave your friend...he eats only organic, whole foods that I prepare for him (and he was barely eating solid foods at that time too!). She acted like I was abusing him?! I told her that he will have a whole lifetime to eat want he wants, but for now I will give him the best food for him to grow up healthy and strong. Now she doesn't pester me any more when she visits. In fact, she even brought some organic foods for our Christmas party...so maybe I got through to her.<br><br>
My biggest annoyance is that it is impossible to find childcare that provides healthy meals. I hate the fact that the snacks provided at daycare are things like frozen pancakes and lunches consist of fish sticks. Yuck!<br><br>
I'm just waiting for the rest of America to realize that the food they consider "normal" is just plain gross and shouldn't be eaten by ANYONE, let alone toddlers!
 

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Most people think it is normal to give young children fast food. I have given to my kids twice while traveling but I didn't get them happy meals. Just a plain burger and a couple of fries. DD wouldn't touch it, DS did really like it but still I would prefer that they didn't have it at all. They just don't need it (except when their mother doesn't bring enough snacks for a 2 hours drive). Keep doing what you are doing.<br><br>
My favorite story is of friends of ours who have 5 children. The oldest went to McD with a friend's family and they asked her what she wanted and she just started at them because she had never been there and didn't know the menu. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I must confess! Probably about once a week I just plan too poorly and we're running out the door hungry and I run through a drive-through for some fast food...<br><br>
DS who is almost 10 gets a regular cheeseburger meal (no garbage toy kids' meal), and I give DD some chicken nuggets and fries. She's 1. Yeah, I know it's junk, but it's really just a tiny amount she's getting, and 99% of her diet is organic whole foods -- we did BLW too so it's not even "baby food" but real food just like we eat.<br><br>
I wish we didn't do it so often, I'm WEAK and still find it YUMMY heh... but our schedule is just too hectic and crazy right now and while USUALLY I'm on top of meal-planning, sometimes I'm just not. Next year things will be different!!<br><br>
But still, I think I do prescribe to the notion that if something is COMPLETELY off-limits to kids it might become glorified in their eyes and a greater temptation. By allowing a certain amount of "junk" it keeps it from becoming 'sacred' or 'special' -- yet at the same time not letting it become 'standard', KWIM? We always talk about how unhealthy it is in general, DS has watched "Supersize Me" to boot, I think he has a healthy attitude about unhealthy food. =D
 

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We're vegetarian and, amazingly to me, this is the thing most brought up when people find out we're raising DS vegetarian. "OMG you mean he won't get to eat Mc Donalds?!?!?!" I dont get it at all. If thats your only argument against vegetarianism I think I'm good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Sigh . . . this happens to us, too, especially after giving into fast food when we were selling a house and relocating. It started to seem like it wasn't such a bad thing once in awhile, but then it is easy to slip into old patterns. Thankfully, I was reminded about the importance of quality meat yesterday and feel re-inspired to keep DD eating at home. However, I do agree with TankGirl73 here:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">if something is COMPLETELY off-limits to kids it might become glorified in their eyes and a greater temptation. By allowing a certain amount of "junk" it keeps it from becoming 'sacred' or 'special' -- yet at the same time not letting it become 'standard', KWIM? We always talk about how unhealthy it is in general, DS has watched "Supersize Me" to boot, I think he has a healthy attitude about unhealthy food. =D</div>
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Since high school, I don't think I've ever willingly eaten McDonald's. It's just gross to me. I'll eat fast food, sure, but way less than most other adult Americans, it seems.<br><br>
DD is 16.5 mo and my inlaws can't understand why she doesn't get a burger and french fries a couple times a week. They don't understnad that she doesn't watch television, or get hit, or get cookies or juice, or get baby Tylenol 6 times a day, either though...
 

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We don't eat fast food either.<br>
Luckily, I don't have to deal with many people saying anything like that to me, though.
 
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