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Feed Your Kid: Fast Foods

Updated on July 29, 2012

Parents love to reward their kids. It is what we do. Positive Reinforcement.

“If you behave we will go to McDonald's or Burger King. Your choice!”

How many times do parents use this short sentence, or one like it? I know I have heard it many times, and the poor kids do not know what its doing to their body. Do not get me wrong I love me some McNuggets and Burger King fries but I doubt the body considers it a reward.

How many times have you heard a parent say, “hey if you can get dressed in 5 minutes I will make you a fruit salad.” I don't know about you but I don't hear that one at all. Maybe if at a young age we reward with fruits or vegetables we would get kids to like healthy foods instead of greasy foods. But, maybe I am wrong.

Get this! Some parents bribe their kids with fast foods or take out so they can get away with not cooking. If we eat out tonight, then we can come home put Alex to bed, and call it a night! We won't even need to clean the kitchen.

Yeah, yeah, yeah! I know. I don't know what I am talking about. I am just another useless ranter going on and on about something I know nothing about!

But, maybe I know what I am talking about. Maybe that is why you should listen to me for just one minute. The child that is eating takeout may not be fat. Tell me one thing! Is that child getting good grades, doing well in Physical Education, and how is the child's behavior?

I grew up in a home. With a troubled little brother. Mom would say, “if you behave you can havee McDonald's!” As a result, I also got rewarded with fast food. I was tired, had a hard time concentrating, and did not like to exercise.

I wasn't a over weight child. In fact I was under weight. Could it have been malnutrition? I am not sure. My brother had the same problem, I do know that.

Once I grew older, and knew what I wanted is not exactly what I should feed my body, something changed! I was eating better. I was awake, focused, exercising, and gaining muscles. I was on top of the world.

I am a mother who loves McDonald's. Who does not reward with McDonald's but will stop in every once in awhile and get everyone a hamburger and large fries (to share). Then we get a large sweet tea and share that as well.

Judge if you wish. I am a proud momma!


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    • Mama Kim 8 profile image

      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      I totally agree with you ^_^ I forgot to mention... I like your hub!

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      Traci 5 years ago from North Carolina

      My daughter has a happy meal once every once in awhile as well. Usually if there is something wrong with one of the cars and we need to take it to the shop. Its the only thing walking distance! I am not saying its horrible. Some parents make it a daily thing is all :) to much of anything can be a bad thing though

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Interesting, I never thought to use fast food as a reward. I do get my son a happy meal once every 2-3 months and he does enjoy it. When it comes to do this and you'll get this I tell him I'll take him to the park, we can paint, or play with one of the toys I don't let him play with all the time.