Is it OK for kids to eat fast food once a week?

My daughter likes to go to McDonalds for a kids meal once a week after her gymnastics class. She always orders the same thing...4 piece chicken nuggets, apple dippers, chocolate milk. With Ranch for dipping the chicken. She eats healthy meals prepared at home the rest of the time. Some people think this is unacceptable. What are your opinions? What would you do instead if you think it isn't good?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:03 AM on Jan. 17, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • I understand. I'm sorry if I sounded judgemental! I have to remember that not everyone raises thier kids the same way! I think I will wait until they are maybe 6 to start with the money for chores. Although, its not a bad idea if they wanted something from the store! LOL So Kudos to you for doing that!

    As far as her eating out like that once a week....I say right on. Seems like shes making Healthy decisions! My kids are good at that. They will pick Subway rather than Mcdonalds and I really feel proud about thier Healthy decision making because I know that I raised them to choose good foods. So good job and I dont at all think that eating out is horrible when good choices like that are being made!
    angieluv

    Answer by angieluv at 2:45 AM on Jan. 17, 2009

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  • I only eat it on rare occasions. When she throws a fit every time you pass one...then you have a problem.
    Farrahann

    Answer by Farrahann at 2:06 AM on Jan. 17, 2009

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  • Seriously? One time a week AND she gets apple dippers instead of fries, milk instead of soda, chicken nuggets instead of a burger. I'd say there's no problem there.
    MamaChamp

    Answer by MamaChamp at 2:08 AM on Jan. 17, 2009

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  • She doesn't throw a fit, and she uses her own money for it. The only time she asks is after gymnastics. I think she likes it as a treat. We can pass by any other time and she's like "Oh McDonalds." Like "yeah there it is" with no real interest in going. But she loves the chicken nuggets and apple dippers lol.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:08 AM on Jan. 17, 2009

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  • Oh BTW she gets $5 allowance a week for doing her "chores" is how she uses her own money for it. :)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:09 AM on Jan. 17, 2009

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  • My children rarely eat fast food, but I don't think its a big deal! Once a week isn't going to hurt a child!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:20 AM on Jan. 17, 2009

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  • My concern isnt the fast food....your seariously paying your FOUR year old to do chores AND making her pay for her own food??? WoW ..... making her be responsible at such a young age seems like your pushing her to grow up too fast to me! I wouldnt worry so much about her eating out once a week as I would be worring about her growing up too fast.
    angieluv

    Answer by angieluv at 2:21 AM on Jan. 17, 2009

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  • I don't think giving her allowance for chores and having her pay for an extra like fast food is making her grow up to fast. Why wait to teach responsibility? It's not like that's risking her childhood or anything. 4 year olds can do chores like setting the table and washing windows. That teaches alot and that's one thing parents are here for.
    MamaChamp

    Answer by MamaChamp at 2:26 AM on Jan. 17, 2009

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  • She's very responsible and she knows if she wants an extra treat in the week she will need to use her own money for it. She does her "chores"--cleaning her room and putting her laundry away. She LOVES helping me "cook" by mixing up stuff like bread dough and cookies. Those are her chores. I see nothing wrong with teaching financial responsibility as soon as they are old enough to know that money buys things and you have to work to earn money. It also teaches her responsibility for her own things and her home. I'm not at all pushing her to grow up too soon lol! Her chores take like 10 minutes a day and she loves having her own money for the things she really wants. I was just asking about the food because some people I know seem to think that any fast food is not ok, but when you compare it to what most kids eat at home, I don't think it's horrible. I just wanted some outside opinions on it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:32 AM on Jan. 17, 2009

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  • And it's not like I make her pay for ALL of her own food either. I buy all the meals and snacks she eats at home as well as if we go out to eat at sit-down restaurants (which is rare but I never ask her to pay there). This is a treat for her and I tell her she needs to really decide if it is worth the money that she worked for and obviously for her it is.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:34 AM on Jan. 17, 2009

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