By: Christine Cox, The Choosy Mommy
And I sigh.
Where did I go wrong? Every parent needs a break from a meal and my break is usually the drive thru. I try to make healthy choices for us both, but now I feel like I have created an arch nemesis, the fast food restaurant, because she recognizes and asks for it.
I am going to teach my children that:
- Fast food restaurants are for certain times. We don’t make an extra stop just to drive thru somewhere because my child says so. I make breakfast, lunch and dinner and on those “on the go” days, or when a treat is warranted (successful potty training meant a milkshake in my house!) we will drive through. No exceptions.
- There are “healthy” choices on the menu. Many fast food restaurants now have a fruit or yogurt option available for kids and have taken sugary drinks off the menu. And it seems to me that the meal sizes are smaller than they used to be meaning your children won’t eat more than they can chew (get it?!)
- A penny saved is a penny earned. Right now this doesn’t mean a whole lot to my soon to be 3 year old, but it can make the choice even easier for parents to not eat regularly at fast food restaurants. IT IS EXPENSIVE! Sure, the dollar menus may seem like a bargain but once you add on a side and drink, then it all adds up. You can make a full meal of food similar to what you would find at a fast food restaurant for a fraction of the cost.
"So I’ve just got to use my head
When somebody comes up to me and
says ‘Would you like a burger and fries?’
Tack on a few extra sides
A jumbo size soda to wash it all down
Is that how you want to be?
(Is that how you want to be?)
Let your brain just waste away
Sitting home watching TV all day
No thanks. I will just Choosy size me
Just Choosy size me (Ooh...)"
Want more? Check out this fun, printable healthy food activity for your children! Click here to access the PDF and print.
What fast food stops have you been willing to make and why?
About the Author: Christine Cox is the blog master and The Choosy Mommy for Choosy Kids. She has always had a passion for writing and is honored to contribute her work to this blog. Most of her writing inspiration comes from her daughter, Capri, who is fun-loving and full of energy, and newborn son Cam. Click here to learn more about Christine.