I am actually not a fan of McDonald’s food. I avoid going there as much as I can – for my own sake as a vegetarian and for the sake of my children’s health. But, I have to admit, McDonald’s has its usefulness. Particularly when you need a kid-friendly, neutral place to meet someone you don’t know very well.
McDonald’s is one of the first places that we met our kids when they were still in foster care. And, it’s the place that we relied on for more than a year as a meeting place for our kids’ monthly visits with their biological aunt and cousins. Now that we know aunt S and cousins D and M fairly well, they’ve been to our house a number of times. But, McDonald’s was the perfect answer for us while we were still getting to know each other. And, we still take our kids there for visits sometimes in the winter. It gets too cold in Michigan to play outside and the four kids occasionally need a larger space to play.
So, I hate to admit it, but sometimes I appreciate McDonald’s. Do you have an alternative that works for you? If so, please share – I’d love to find something better.