I am not going to pretend this is a simple weapon to deploy. As any parent will tell you, it is sometimes very difficult to deny an unhappy child what they want to have. One of my greatest joys as a parent is watching my children enjoy something – a visit to the playground, a book they love, a television show that makes them laugh, or a meal and toy that will bring them delight. Saying “yes” would make everyone happy, but it is not always the right thing to do.
It is not my intention to be overly hard on Parham. Parenthood is not easy, and I do not judge the decisions she has made as a parent. What I do take issue with is her prejudgment of my parental abilities, and the steps she’s taking to deny me the ability to give my child the simple, rare, pleasure of a Happy Meal. This lawsuit assumes all of us with children are as weak as the parents who have joined the CSPI in suing McDonald’s. That assumption is as offensive as it is patronizing.