I was just watching HLN news regarding a California county hoping to ban toys being offered in kids' meals at fast food restaurants....
At one point, the president of the group said that they want to also help the parents whose children keep 'pestering' them for the toys.
Well heck - then I want all toy ads to be removed from television, magazines, newspapers, flyers, etc please! My kids pester me all the time. It would be so much easier if all toy ads were banned completely so I would not have to listen to my kids whine, and then I wouldn't have to give in to them and drag them to the mall, McDonald's, Walmart, etc. That would really make my life much much easier, so please ban all toy ads!
Oh and don't forget banning the toy section of the Sears Christmas Wish Book. Gosh I hate that damn catalog! It causes me so much stress and torture. It's not just kids eating fatty foods just to get the Toy Of The Week, they pester about toys all the time and it is costing me a lot of money to end their whining by rewarding them with a toy. Sheesh! Please help stop the madness of toy advertising!
In all seriousness, perhaps the toys are a draw - but I assume restaurants in the US are like the ones in my city... you can JUST BUY THE TOY! If completing their Star Wars collection or sponge bob or barbie or whatever the heck toys are out at any given time, you can just walk in the door and pay a buck, buck-fifty, two-fifty, etc and walk back out the door with the toy, and not the fatty meal. My mom just bought my daughter 2 ICarly toys from McDonald's last week in fact and my kid did not have to put a single bite of greasy chicken nugget in her mouth to get it.
Do you really think that's going to stop parents from feeding their kids a cheap fast meal on Friday nights? COME ON! The group trying to ban these toys is acting like the toys are the main draw - I'm not sure about that. I've looked after little kids for over 20 years and half the ones I have met want the burger and fries and don't play with the toys more than 5 seconds. And the rest of the kids I know don't even actually like the food, won't finish the meal, but that's what mom or dad grabbed on the way home because it was faster and cheaper than cooking a wholesome meal themselves. So - is it the toy? Or is it the parents? Hmmmm..... Who/What is making our kids so tubby today?