Um, how did they get the idea that going to a fast food joint is a TREAT?
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Our kids ate anything, anywhere. McDonald’s wasn’t a big deal then, and when we lived in Charleston, West Virginia the nearest one was about 50 or so miles away in Huntington. When we lived in the Virgin Islands there were no fast-food places and the kids ate fish and fungi and akee rice just like everyone else. My grandson likes fast food, but he loves real food, so the nearest chili parlor or chop house is fine with him.
My Granddaughters (12 and 10) know I will not cross the portal of a franchise food joint so they have learned to take me out (I pay of course) to
local places that I might not otherwise try. Last Spring they talked me into a Chinese buffet that turned out to have some pretty good items on the menu.
And a few weeks ago, Kelsey, the 12 year old ,took me to a sushi place where I had a grerat lunch – she did the ordering and made some fine choices. However, I still cant talk them into a chili dog for lunch , or a hearty fish stew, or a great soup at a place up on the mountain- and they still put ketchup on their french fries and hot dogs when we eat at P&Gs.
Way back, when we were young and traveling with out two boys, Howard Johnsons was the eating place of choice – everyone liked their fried clams and hot dogs and , of course, the ice cream sundae.
If only more people were like you katie and RubyRose. Maybe then the next generation would recognize McDonald’s, Burger King, Olive Garden, Red Lobster et al as the mediocre, overpriced slop they are. [:D]
Bravo! The only arguments that we hear from our small ones is whether to go to "The Forest Diner" or "Double T Diner". Oh yes, sometimes, they have a hard time deciding between Chinese food or our favorite Indian restaurant. Kids only know what they have been exposed to. If the children have a dental appointment in the morning I will drive-thru at a dreadful place and get them a "Happy Meal" at one of two places for them to eat on their way back to school………….because both are right next to dental office and I can get them back to school so quickly.
The last time I went there, the five year old said "Hey this is a terrible prize. Don’t come here again". Incidentally, they love this rare treat but know better than to ask to be taken there.[:o)]
Hate to be a dissenting vote but absolutely no. We just didn’t EVER take them to fast food places and took them to somewhere where the food was better. The only change we made was to stop before they got too hungry because we wouldn’t have an instantaneous meal. Now, we are fortunate to live in a diner/family restaurant part of the country so it was easy to do that.
Happily, that same strategy has been continued with our 13 year old granddaughter. I recently took her to Manhattan and when I asked what type of restaurant she wanted to eat lunch, she said "Grandma, let’s not go to one of those places where the tourists go."
Our youngest, who’s 18, is a dinerholic and could probably do an excellent review on any diner within 100 miles from here. For years, she has met her friends at different diners and has single-handedly made them an "in" place to go for a whole new group of teen customers over the last few years. She’s actually received gift certificates from some of the owners for adding so many new patrons.
So there’s no reason to alter your Roadfood habits at all, unless you’ve trained your kids to expect something different.
Well—MY kids posed no problems at all—they loved roadfood—still do—neices and nephews–etc–thats another story–lets just say that i will then get a chance to make sure i was right when i said McD’s sucked![:I]
I have a 2 and a 4 year old
Each person I am with when seeking a meal affects, or at least has the potential to affect, the ultimate choice made.
I have an 8 year old grandson who has lived with us most of his life. One of the joys of my life is asking him what he want to eat when we’re traveling and having him reply, "ribs"! He likes Mc Donalds and Chuck E. Cheese as much as any kid, but he will try almost anything…in fact, when asked what his favorite food is, he replies, "sushi"! He actually likes it, but I think he likes the reaction and subsequent attention from adults who’ve never eaten it even more. We accomodate him some when travelling, but not often because he’s developing a pretty good sense of what constitutes good food and likes to try new things along with us.
I sure do.
When I take my two grandboys out, I have no choice on where I want to go. It has to have a playland and I prefer to stop at one that is indoors. McDonalds is their first choice and Chick Fil is the second.
Obviously the answer is YES.
Paul E. Smith
I am with Adjudicator on this one. [8)]
The answer to the question is YES!
My youngest is 28. Some of the kids have developed a broadened tasting curiosity as they grew up…but not all. That has carried down to the grand kids. Most are strictly Burger, Mac & Cheese, and pizza consummers. Some however will experiment with new tastes and choices. At the Catfish and Oyster feed last week one of my Grandsons tested the Catfish and liked it, but rejected the Oysters at first taste. Now to get a couple of my boys to do a steak to anything less that extremely well-done !
I travel with my 12 year old son. This means I have to take his needs into account when I seek out road food places. He loved the Mug N Bun, Putz’s, Berghoff’s in Chicago, and the various Hot Dog places(though I think the Chicago Hot dog vendors thought I was guilty of child neglect when he put catsup on a hot dog) How do my fellow roadfooder’s adjust their habits when travelling with children?
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