As you know, this is the day to click around to the Works for Me Wednesday Crowd, a genius idea from Shannon of Rocks in My Dryer. (Go there to see who has stopped by her site to claim participation!)
Minor Disclaimer: This particular post isn't for everyone. Some moms might think my tips distinctly less than helpful, and downright wrong. That's ok.
Tips for Kid-Friendly Fast Food Eating In The Car
(Why YES! I am an expert on this!)
1. Never get 'dipping sauces,' syrup, yogurt, or ketchup. Check the bags to see if some helpful person has placed any of these items inside BEFORE handing them to kids. Very important. And while you're looking, be sure to take out any little salt packets. Those can be highly entertaining to children, and I mean that in a bad, bad way. ("Look! It's snooooooowing!")
2. Always de-paper the straw for your kids, so little straw papers are not everywhere.
3. Before handing any child any drink of any sort, GLARE like you mean it and say, "Do NOT take off the lid. NO MATTER WHAT."
4. If you have a child who likes to change his order WHILE you're placing the order, do the following:
step A: right before you approach the drive through menu, summarize Indecisive Child's order.
step B: once you get a head nod of agreement or anything else - immediately, QUICKLY say "Great, excellent choice, that's your final answer and there will be no more changes."
step C: Step on the gas and order before Indecisive Child has a chance to strike again.
(I'm especially proud of this final tip)
5. When you receive food that is too hot for immediate consumption by children, simply turn up the a/c, stick the food in front of your air vent for few seconds and voila! Ready. Ethan-6yr likes his food cooler than anyone else, so his whole bag is directed at one vent, then I can cool Caden-2yr's for a shorter period of time, and it's all done and customized to temperature preferences in less than 30 seconds. Because sometimes even fast food just isn't fast enough.
Need to give your baby "fast food" in the car - and why not? (breastmilk is best, they say) Remember not to park near cars that are housing bored teenage males. Suddenly they're not bored anymore, but that's an education that's not 'free with the meal.'
Remember to look for those helpful signs in parking lots that read: "You are being monitored by security cameras."
Remember that if you ever see anyone wearing a button like the black one with the rose (and that's what it is, and they're $2 somewhere), RUN. And please, if you see me, don't ask ME about breastfeeding unless your child is about to pass out and it's that kind of emergency. I believe in it fully, I just don't talk about it, 'kay?