We do bring the kids to McD's or let them have special "treats" from time to time. But it's the exception rather than the rule. Moderation is the key.
Lately, everything Sam eats he asks if it is "healthy." It hasn't seemed to deter him from wanting chicken nuggets or the processed macaroni and cheese... but at least he's asking the questions.
So last night at dinner Josh was very curious about different foods and
Rich explained that some people don't eat meat for a variety of reasons, among them religion, diet and that some people object to killing and eating animals.
Josh then said he didn't like to kill animals and that he liked fruits and vegetables so maybe he could be a vegetarian. We told him if he wanted to try and be a veggie, that would be fine with us.
So we agreed that on Friday we'd have a "meat free" day to test it out and see how he likes it.
We started to explain that there were many types of vegetarians -- some that don't eat any animal by-product like milk and cheese (he didn't want to explore that) and some that will eat fish and eggs.
We explained that there are some people that aren't totally vegetarian, but make decisions not to eat some kinds of meat due to how animals are treated (like veal or only eating free-range chickens, etc...)
We told him he had to make a decision about what was important to him and then decide what he was willing to give up for his beliefs.
Josh then said, "Well, one thing I know I don't like is chicken!" Then he pointed at his food.
I said, "Well, that's fish Josh. And you don't like chicken nuggets?"
The look on his face was priceless.
I continued, "... and no more hamburgers or hot dogs. You wouldn't be able to eat at McDonald's anymore."
He said, "Oh. Maybe not then."
Thus ended his attempt to talk his way out of eating his dinner.