A woman is suing McDonald's because she claims her children are nagging her constantly for Happy Meals in order to get the toys inside. Monet Parham, a 41- year-old mother who works for the state of California is suing the fast food giant, saying that McDonald's has infiltrated her childrens' minds. “"We have to say no to our kids so many times and McDonald's makes that so much harder to do. I object to the fact that McDonald's is getting into my kids' heads without my permission and actually changing what my kids want to eat,” she said, when explaining the reason for the suit.
She and the Center for Science in the Public Interest are looking to making this a class action suit. They believe that McDonald’s deliberately “dangles” toys in front of children that causes them to beg and plead for a Happy Meal and this leaves parents feeling helpless and with a tendency to give in. Believing that McDonald's is intruding into a family’s personal life and business, the people filing the lawsuit believe these actions to be illegal. They believe these marketing techniques are done to encourage kids to pester their parents to take them to McDonald's. As one person involved in the lawsuit said, McDonald's is essentially out “to persuade the kids to persuade the parents to go to McDonald's.”
In reply, McDonald's has said they are not doing anything wrong and have enjoyed a long tradition of placing toys in children’s meals in order to provide a “fun experience” for kids and plan on fighting this suit. McDonald's spends several hundred million dollars a year on marketing Happy Meals and children’s toys.
Now, as a mother of children ages 4, 5 and 6 myself, I understand the Art of Nagging like no other. Children are born with a natural talent to nag and I have three experts on my hands. But the one thing we have that our kids do not is maturity and the wisdom that comes with it. We also have a responsibility to use certain words and these words should come from love and concern for our kids. One important word we parents need to use is the word “no”. It’s okay to explain why we say it – in fact, explaining it makes it easier for kids to comprehend why.