Do you have a place that your family has enjoyed for many years? Laughter, birthdays and just general bonding time over a lunch or dinner? McDonald’s is that place for my family, my brother had a birthday party there, I enjoyed many play hours with the playground and now I enjoy time at McDonald’s with my son Korey.
As many of my readers know, Korey is severely speech delayed. With a year of speech therapy under his belt, he is doing amazing! McDonald’s was a secret weapon to getting Korey to communicate and use language. Before he could say what he wanted to eat, we had a picture system in place where he could give us pictures to tell us what he wanted.
On the weekends when it was lunch time, you could bet if McDonald’s had a coupon flyer that Korey would find it and show us what happy meal he wanted. Whether it be cheeseburger, Chicken McNuggets or he just wanted an order of World Famous Fries, you could see the happiness in his eyes that he was finally able to communicate with us.
Korey always enjoys seeing which one of his favorite characters will be in the next installment of the Happy Meal. Figuring out how the toys work and hoping to collect them all is a fun weekend pass time for a child with a week packed with appointments and therapies.
One trick that I like to do with the toys is saving them for friends with children, like the girls toys. When my best friend can’t get ahold of a Happy Meal toy that her daughter wants I do some digging and do my best to find it and surprise her. The smile on my nieces face is worth that hunt let me tell you!
Now children aren’t the only ones who can get enjoyment out of McDonald’s. My schedule is just as packed as Korey’s and frequently I will not have the time to get myself a lunch ready. Taking Korey to McDonald’s allows me to get one of their many varieties of sandwiches.
Like their Bacon Clubhouse Burger, Premium Grilled Chicken Ranch BLT Sandwich, or you can get a salad like the Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken. This busy mom knows that she can find something to satisfy that hunger beast while keeping my taste pallet guessing which next sandwich I will try.
At the end of a long week, I know that I can have a fun lunch with Korey at McDonald’s while enjoying his laughter and smile. Nothing better than hearing him use his words to tell me what he wants. Thank you McDonald’s for giving me enjoyment and giving my son communication!
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by McDonald’s via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of McDonald’s.