I'm one of THOSE parents... I always knew I was, but today, it was clear... I took my kids to McDonalds... and packed their lunch.
Let me back up. I've blogged about Mr. B's, a coffee shop at a local church, who has a play-yard for kids. We love it there; the kids love it there. But, they're closed on Mondays. And, today's a Monday... And there's rain the forcast... So, I thought, hey... Why not? Of course, I dont want them eating there, but there's one in town that has a play center, so I figured (as to not be horrible) I could buy myself lunch (no judgement- I had a salad which actually wasnt that bad and weighed in at only 300 calories with the tiny bit of dressing I tossed on it), so I would be a 'paying customer' and then I packed a simple lunch for the kids (since I fully expected them to be so overwhelmed by the play area that they wouldnt want to eat much and would necessitate a "second lunch". But anyway...
My MIL (who laughed her butt off!) came with me to see the kids first (and quite possibly one of the very few) time to McD's. They had a great time. They needed me to show them how to climb up (and let me say, my knees did NOT appreciate that!) but when they were on the levels, which they got to themselves, they had a BLAST. And then they took the (long!) slide down to where Peter's mom waited.
All in all, it was a fun time... Even if I was that mom. :)