Why I’m over the moon that Max likes McDonald’s

Why I’m over the moon that Max likes McDonald’s

Max loves McDonald's

There are parents who never let their child see the inside of a McDonald’s, and there are the parents who’s kids beg for a happy meal at any given opportunity.

I’m definitely in the latter of the two camps.

Wanna know why?

Because it’s somewhere Max’s shrieks, flapping and loudness don’t stand out.

It’s one of only two places that he will eat the chicken nuggets from – something he won’t even eat at home.

They actually serve milk which is the only thing he drinks.

And he gets a toy to keep him occupied even if he doesn’t feel like eating much.

In other words, for under a tenner, we get to do something that Normal Families do.

It’s something so simple, yet as a family with a kid on the autistic spectrum life is rarely as straightforward as we’d like.

So yes, I take my kids to McDonald’s, and I LOVE it.

I love seeing my boys actually eating the same food!!

I love seeing them enjoying the toys they get,

and I love feeling like we’re the same as everyone else there… no matter how far from the truth that may be.

Sometimes… it’s just nice to have a moment of normality.

For us, that means McDonald’s or KFC for dinner relatively regularly.

Just thirty minutes of normality in an otherwise totally untraditional family life.

And if that makes me a Bad Parent for daring to feed my children such rubbish? *rolls eyes*

Well I’ll take it, and enjoy every second!

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14 Comments

  1. September 16, 2015 / 9:00 am

    When BB was first diagnosed as being a Diabetic I too ate more than my fair share of McDonalds, they give all the carb counts for the foods which is just genius in my opinion.

    And to all those who call you a bad parent, let me know where they are so I can go round and thump ’em! xx

    • September 16, 2015 / 3:16 pm

      You know I hadn’t even thought about that!

      No one has said it, just you know when you get those parents who talk about how their children have/will never set foot in a McD’s? I know a few of them! 😉 x

  2. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    September 16, 2015 / 9:15 am

    I hate anyone that judges other people for their choices for their family. It is all up to the individual.

    • September 16, 2015 / 3:16 pm

      Thanks Dannii, so true! 🙂

  3. MissPond
    September 16, 2015 / 9:29 am

    I kinda agree, whilst some may shun and run away from the idea of MCDs, we used to go as kids and it was a nice treat after (usually) being dragged around the shops all morning by my parents and it was a chance for us to have our fun then!
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    • September 16, 2015 / 3:17 pm

      We usually go before doing our shopping so M is fed and happy! He’s usually quite the thing to go to a few shops afterwards – provided he gets to go into Game and choose something… >_<

  4. Wendy Hirst
    September 16, 2015 / 10:54 am

    This is fantastic and great you have the chance to experience the normalities of life. Hope this is the start of more opportunities like this

    • September 16, 2015 / 3:18 pm

      I hope so too Wendy! It’s been a long time coming. He’s too loud for most places that I would like to go, but then again, that would be expensive too so there’s always a silver lining! 😉 x

  5. Steph Curtis
    September 16, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    I get it. We are there every weekend, though we have to do drive through so I don’t sadly get that ‘feeling like other families’ from it… but I know what you mean and I’d happily take her in if she would go (very occasionally she does!). McDonalds is fab, it’s part of our routine and it works well for us. Won’t kill her 😉

    • September 16, 2015 / 3:19 pm

      Exactly! 🙂 I bet she is so proud of herself when you do go in! (and you!)

      Probably just as well there isn’t one local to us mind… the closest is a 30 minute drive! 😉

  6. September 17, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    Gosh, you’ve brought me right back with this post. Back to when my now thriving teenager was a young, non-eating, baby/child. We’d stay in hotels for the odd weekend break or somewhere like Spain for longer. and every day…EVERY day, we’d locate and bring him to a Mc Donalds before we’d go to eat in the restaurant so that he would eat something. Anything. usually it was very little. I would silently beg that he would eat even one chip and almost throw a party if he ate a nugget!! This went on for years and thankfully we’re in a completely different place now. (I actually feel emotional writing this!)
    I totally get you on this and all I’ll say is enjoy 🙂 x

    • September 17, 2015 / 5:08 pm

      That’s fantastic to hear! He’s still extremely picky with his food, but I figure I’m choosing my battles. 😉 x

  7. October 13, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    I know what you mean. We don’t often go to McDonald’s, as there is none at a walking distance in town, but when we have a chance (usually when travelling), we enjoy having meals there too. It’s also the familiarity of the menu, wherever you go, be it London or Naples. That definitely does not make you a bad parent. Enjoy your half an hour of shared meals and normal life (whatever normal means?!).

    • October 15, 2015 / 12:15 pm

      Thanks Galina! It makes such a difference to just have that moment of "normality". 🙂

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