Georgie Hockett: I've always vowed to never feed my child a Happy Meal. But when do you bend your vows for convenience? Does that me a bad person, giving my child a twisty cone?
When you're single -- or married without children -- it's easy to be a good parent.
"I'd never give my child a hamburger!" you might say, watching the latest E. coli breakout roll out in front of you on the local news. But much like everything in life, everything changes.
OK, I haven't given my two year old a hamburger -- yet. But I remember going to McDonald's as a kid and it was just about the biggest treat on the planet; because we didn't go there everyday. Who am I to deprive my child of fast food memories? What harm could come from one chocolate milkshake?
When I was a kid I was practically addicted to catsup but hated tomatoes. And even us, as adults, tend to get a little weak around French fries. What self control is a 2-year-old, 4-year-old, or a 6-year-old supposed to have under the same salty temptation? I'm all about bartering with children --"You do this and you can have whatever." Right now my bartering tools include books, watching TinkerBell, and oranges, but I know this bliss won't last for long.
There's nothing wrong with a little indulgence every now again, is there? A Happy Meal on a birthday, a Saturday night, or out with Grandma and Grandpa isn't the end of the world.
|Georgie Hockett is the co-founder (and original bride!) of A Grand Wedding.com, the only online resource featuring wedding vendors with a service or product under a thousand dollars. Georgie is also the author of two chick-lit novels. Mom of one.|