So, I had a bit of a rant over at the fanpage....well, actually, it was pretty close to virtual blows, wasn't it?? It started when I said that taking a daycare child to McDonald's was grounds for termination.(if you're looking for it there on the fanpage, you have to go all the way to the beginning of July) I ruffled a LOT of feathers. But I still stand by my thoughts.
Here's how the whole thing started. I belong to a parenting group in the city that I live in. One woman commented how she'd taken her children into McDonald's and let them play in the playplace. At the same time, there was a couple of childcare providers who were letting their charges run around the playplace...one had wet his pants and they shrugged it off and sent him back to play without changing his pants.
(note, I will not be quoting word for word what the original posters said, as it is a private site and I don't have their permission...therefore, just the basics of the story for background info)
Okay, here's my thoughts.
I am a child care provider. I am paid to ensure that other people's children are well taken care of during the day. I take them on outings, I feed them healthy food, and I teach them about respect and manners. On a very, very rare occasion, I have taken my charges to McD's...but I think (without any stretching of the truth here) that there were maybe 3 McD trips in 5 years. Yeah...it's that rare.
See...I feel that McD's is not the best thing to be feeding kids. I can make burgers at home that are much healthier. Ditto for fries and nuggets.
"but, Hethr, I don't buy my kids fries or serve them pop, they get apple pieces and juice!" I don't give a rat's behind!!
To me, it's NOT about the food that you are feeding them there. As I said, I've done it myself on the very rare occasion (and yes, they had both pop AND fries) -- to me, it's the atmosphere that you are bringing the kids into. They are going into McD's and learning that it's an okay place to come and play...regardless of whether or not they eat the food, they will also subconsciously get the message that eating the food there (whether you choose salad or a Big Mac) is also okay.
Guess what -- It's NOT okay.
America (and let's not kid ourselves, my lovely Canadian and European readers, we are included in this too!) is currently suffering a major crisis. We are all getting fat. That's right, we've passed the "overweight" mark and moved on to obese. The raging morbid obesity that we see around us every day is also causing another "new" epidemic - diabesity. When I first heard of this term, I thought that my instructor was saying Diabetes wrong -- but no, it's an actual epidemic. It is diabetes that is caused by obesity. We are living it. When we bring our kids to crap serving dives like McD's you are simply setting them up for failure.
I had people jump on me (not necessarily on the fan page, but definitely on the parenting page) for my views. Some said "Well, I only take my kids there in the winter...we can't be expected to go outside in the winter with kids."
Hmmm....I do. And if it's really cold and you're planning on taking them out to an indoor play park, there are plenty that are available in my fine city that don't carry the message of "buy junk, eat junk, be happy".
Then....I just about fell over....One woman said "well, I take my kids to McD's 3 times a week and my parents have never complained."
You have got to be kidding me! I'd pull my child from care faster than you could say "do you want fries with that?" THREE times a week??? Are you NUTS??
I don't know...I don't think that my home childcare standards are exceptional by any means. I have a pretty basic approach to my chosen children...I treat them like my own. They learn love and trust and values in my house. We don't have a curriculum, we live a family life. We make some crafts, we sing some songs, we read books. (no, I don't bake with my kids...I'm much too anal for that!) -- but I bake for them and then we eat it together....
I don't see how McD's fits into childcare...with the exception of those very rare occasions. It just doesn't work for me.
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