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Poll: Should Toys Be Banned from Happy Meals?

Friday, November 12th, 2010

San Francisco became the first city in America to approve the banning  of toys from kids’ meals at fast food chains. While the proposed law won’t be in effect until 2011 and could still be vetoed by the mayor, some parents and nutritionists see this as an important step to curbing obesity in children.  Some, however, see it as an unnecessary way for government to intervene in personal, parental choices.

Even though kids’ meals (or “happy meals”) have started including healthier options such as fruit, juice, yogurt, and milk, most meal options are still unhealthy. The proposed ban wants to remove all toys from kids’ meal options with over 600 calories so kids are less likely to be drawn to the food because of the slick toys.  Given the recent discovery that food from a McDonalds Happy Meal doesn’t change even after six months, the proposed ban may not be such a bad idea after all.  As a parent, what is your opinion?

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Here’s What You Had to Say on…Silly Bandz

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Last week, we found out (via Dr. Wendy Walsh over at that schools all over the U.S. have banned the latest kid craze – Silly Bandz – from the classroom. Wanting to know what all of you –the parents – thought, we asked: do you support the ban on Silly Bandz, or does the ban stifle kids’ freedom of expression?

Well, the results are in! While some of you strongly supported banning the potentially distracting fad bracelets, others thought schools were making mountains out of molehills.

Read some of the comments from moms like you and then take our poll. We also welcome you to leave more thoughts and comments.

“I’m fine with banning them. After volunteering in the classroom, I see that teachers don’t need any more distractions in the classroom…there are enough already! Kids can be challenged to find other ways to express their creativity in the classroom. Save the Silly Bandz for outside of school…it doesn’t seem like to much to ask for the good of their education.” – Peg Ilkka

“I think it’s fine to ban them. Kids can express themselves creatively in other school-friendly ways (writing, drawing, etc.) and then have something to look forward to when they go home. It even opens up doors for new social events–Silly Bandz Sleepovers, anyone? Schools have enough to deal with.” – Amanda

“No, Silly Bandz shouldn’t be banned from school. By making such a big deal out of them, you only make them more coveted by kids. Like Cabbage Patch Dolls, Beanie Babies, and every other fad, this too shall pass.” – Michele C.

“My kids have been in private school for the last six years. They had a very strict dress code, including hair requirements. This year they went to public school and they love being able to express themselves through clothing and hair. My son is growing his hair out and my daughter wears 20 or so Silly Bandz every day. Sure, it may be a bit of a distraction, but it’s also a fun part of being a kid. I remember jelly bands being such a fun part of growing up. I say, let them stay!” – Melanie

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