The Good Mother and the Evil Giant Corporation

Another set of school holidays have passed and another visit to any given number of fast food outlets was not partaken in.

It wasn’t hard. I just don’t ‘do’ fast food outlets; not a Maccas, not a KFC, Red Rooster or other chicken-based fodder, not a … what else is there? I don’t know.

As a result, I sometimes struggle with normal conversation. Particularly those ones that start with “You know those little toys that come with the Happy Meal?” or when I’m being given directions and someone says “You know the KFC on the corner?” … um, yeah. Vaguely. Not really.

I don’t necessarily like to loudly promote I’m an Avoider of such places. Number one people judge me and think I’m judging them and think I’m some sort of Judgey McJudgey.

Others tend to think I’m more of one of “those” mothers who is anal and overly strict and serve up only organic yak’s milk yogurt on my home made WeetBix of a morning and about to start lecturing from some Moral High Ground about childhood obesity/unruly offspring/the environment/capitalism/something.

The worst, though, is when they say “Oh, you’re such a good mum! I couldn’t not take my kids there!”

Yes, there are also a few who think I indulge in some terribly bad parenting practices and am

6 Replies to “The Good Mother and the Evil Giant Corporation”

  1. For us, it’s an issue of cost as well. Having 3 kids suddenly means that one quick, cheap happy meal has become three quick, not-so-cheap, argument-inducing meals, and I’m not prepared to cop that.

  2. It’s not your aversion to the slimy, trans fatty maccas that I object to, it’s your disdain for the wondrous mushroom! It’s one of the few vegetables my kids will happily eat. It’s interesting what we will and will not promote when it comes to what our children eat. Food is one of those issues that can really polarise we parents and very often drive us crazy.

    1. LOL – I knew that would upset someone!

      You make a good point on what we promote or not to our kids; I wonder how many realise they’re doing that, whether consciously or not.

      I don’t understand, at one level, why food polarises parents. I, personally (and with my background and experience) feel there is far too much emphasis placed on food and eating (what we’re eating, more to the point).

      I think people it comes about because there is SO MUCH said about how you’re a good parent or not depending one what and how you feed your kids (forget yourself, apparently that’s not relevant) that people feel the need to defend themselves when, like I said at the start of this article, someone says “I don’t take my kids to McDonalds”.

      I’ve found myself in multitude debates about food that came about inadvertently.

      On another hand, with the health issues related to food consumption (and physical activities) and how this affects school work, school play, bullying, work productivity, the public health system (mental health, the hospital waiting lists and procedures, the health budget etc …) I think discussing it is an necessary evil.

      I think it could be done better/differently however.

      Food is not a battleground in this house, we don’t fight about it and there is no one driven crazy (mostly) – it is doable, but extremely difficult in the culture we live in. I do understand how it happens.

      I still don’t like mushrooms! LOL

      (I will encourage my kids to eat them, though, when opportunities arise.)

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