Since this is the last week before school starts, I'm consciously making an effort to explore our city and have an adventure every day. Monday we strolled the wooded paths of North Park Nature Center, Tuesday we took the bus and El downtown and Wednesday, well my son is begging to go to McDonald's.
He is close to six and has never been to McDonald's, is that so bad? There are millions of delicious restaurants in our city that offer real, fresh food, why support the chain that is contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic? Did you see the movie Super Size Me? After watching that disgusting movie, I vowed never to eat the chemical filled food at The Golden Arches again.
I understand the convenience, cheap price tag and kid appeal that the chain offers. I do. My son told me he felt left out because he is the only one of his friends who has never been to Mickey D's. No mother wants to hear that their son feels excluded.
I also worry that this is one of those situations similar to the playing with toy guns debate. If I prohibit him from fast food his entire childhood, he might grow up to rebel and eat there everyday? Kids want what they can't have, right?
It seems silly. The more I resist, the more he wants to go. Is this really a battle that is worth fighting? It has been over 10 years since I've been inside, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe they have healthier options these days? I'm trying to teach my son to have an open mind and not be negative; I guess I should practice what I preach.
Today we are going to McDonald's.