|Ronald McDonald Needed a Happy Meal - Steve Baker, Flickr|
'I know it's wrong but it feels so right! I don't know what I want!'
So my short answer is that it's never too early to hook a kiddie up with a Happy Meal. Okay no solids before six months but if you want to celebrate the little one's half anniversary with a french fry, go ahead - I won't judge. As the blog says I favour things in moderation; I don't think a burger or two will set a child off on the path to obesity but I do think the association between burgers and happiness might. Guess who creates that association? Yep, it's those parents again.
Strangely children aren't born with an inbuilt love of nuggets and barbeque sauce we create that love and encourage it and reinforce it and then moan about it when it's tugging on our leg in the shopping centre.
I come from a big family and my clever mother, unwilling to deal with a kid pumped full of chocolate and e numbers every year, asked the family to give us mangoes at Easter. They made for a lovely, sweet, egg shaped treat and I still feel a bit giddy when I find a perfectly ripe specimen.
Kids can feel the way they feel about McDonalds about crafts or the farm or their favourite movie. Just because you make it easy for us we don't have to let our children be seduced by your red and yellow glory. My son is yet to have a McDonalds but I imagine one day he will. It won't be because he's begged me for a special treat, it'll be because we're stuck on a motorway or attending a birthday party and I'm hoping that if I play my cards right I'll get to lean in and say,
'If you finish all that, I promise to get you some brussel sprouts.'