There has been a lot of talk about bloggers working with McDonald’s. The talk turned from how McDonald’s works with bloggers to degrading and judging parents and their choice to feed their children McDonald’s. I have actually not worked a campaign with McDonalds, but I wouldn’t hesitate to do so.
As a parent I strive to not only make healthy choices for my son and baby to be, but also to teach them why those choices are okay so that they can learn healthy habits. We make it a goal to be active almost every single day. Just as it is important to give your body an occasional rest day, it is important to learn and understand that eating food like McDonald’s one day out of many does not make you a bad parent or a bad person.
I am not advocating eating McDonald’s everyday. I would not advocate eating any fast food or processed food everyday or all the time. Eating healthy is about balance. And finding that balance can be really hard. Eating at a place like McDonald’s teaches my son it is okay to indulge every once in a while, AND it teaches him to make healthy choices from a menu that has all kinds of foods on it.
Blaming places like McDonald’s for your weight gain or for making America fat is taking the person out of personal choices. Yes, if you eat a large Big Mac and fries with a soda and a shake everyday, you are going to gain weight. But it is your choice to order that food instead of the many other healthy options McDonald’s has on their menu.
If you look at my own personal story, you know that after I became a mother I let my weight creep up. Not because I was eating McDonald’s, but because I wasn’t making consistently healthy and balanced choices.
Now I eat McDonald’s once or twice a month. It is nice to have a break from cooking, and to be able to feed my family and not break the bank. So what do I love at McDonald’s? I love their oatmeal, french fries, the salads, and smoothies. I have been known to enjoy a burger. However, now when we eat there I make sure we balance the rest of our day with healthy activity and other healthy food choices.
There has been quite a stir on FB recently as people respond to the accusations that McDonald’s is paying bloggers for good press. One person (and I am so sorry I don’t have the screen shot) actually said something to the effect of I not only judge you for feeding your children McDonald’s, but after reading this article I now know you are ignorant and greedy.
Really? Guess what? You know those disclosures at the bottom of blogs whether they be a picture that says sponsored post or a written statement? That means bloggers are getting paid. McDonald’s is not the first and they won’t be the last company to tap into the mega strong community of bloggers.
However, most bloggers (and I say most, because there are always a few that don’t) work really hard to partner with brands they already use or support in their daily lives. I personally have turned down high paying posts due to the fact that it isn’t a product my family would use or one I could support.
Another lady had this to say:
I am appalled that this woman thinks it is okay to question a mother’s love for her child. And that people agreed enough to like the status. Yes, I love my son with all my heart, so much so that I will not ban him from eating foods. Parents who do that end up with children who venture to friends houses or school and eat what they aren’t allowed to at home. And often times that leads to guilt induced eating. I watched this happen to several friends through out my life. Some that weren’t allowed to eat sugary cereal, others not allowed to drink pop. And almost every single one of them ended up with issues associated with eating. I love my son enough to give him the tools to understand all food, and use it as fuel.
I support McDonald’s and their outreach around the community, with Ronald McDonald house (which has been helping families in medical crisis for 35 years), their commitment to improve their sustainability, and their commitment to providing healthier options on their menu through their changing together program. Plus they have created a simple steps program to help adults learn to make healthier choices using their menus as well. As a mother and a blogger I would consider it a privilege to work with a company like McDonald’s.
We as parents are hard enough on ourselves. We do not need to be judged based on misinformation. This mother’s day resolve to judge less and breathe more. What works for one family may not work for your family, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad choice, or that mother is a bad parent.
I give my kid(s) McDonald’s, and I am still a good parent.
Disclosure: I have not worked with McDonald’s on a formal campaign, but I have shared part of their family values message and in return received a few coupons. All thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and my own.
I realize that people are on all sides of this issue, and I welcome a healthy conversation. Please keep your comments clean and respectful. This is a family blog.
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