Being a parent is hard work. Gone are the days when you had hours on end to watch your favourite TV show, could sleep in and see where the day would take you, or didn’t need to have a cycle of laundry constantly running in the background.
With so many responsibilities, sometimes having the time to cook dinner can seem impossible. And not only does having to cook every night build stress for whoever is left with the cooking, but the time spent in the kitchen — both prepping and cleaning — also takes away potential bonding time with you and your little ones.
New data from McDonald’s Canada, which surveyed 1,522 Canadian parents, provides some insight into the importance of quality time spent during meals together and the busy lifestyles that are causing families to eat together less.
The results found that although 98% of parents say it’s important to eat together as a family, 27% say that their family is too busy to eat together on a regular basis. They’re also cooking dinner less often than their own parents’ generation.
The solution? The survey found that 76% of parents said dining out makes life easier when they get busy. But not just any type of dining — make it snappy. On average, Canadian parents surveyed only have approximately 50 free minutes to have a mid-week family meal at a restaurant.
With such minimal time to actually sit down and spend together, McDonald’s has come up with a solution. Every Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm, it’s hosting Family Nights, where you and your family can grab a Happy Meal and enjoy games, arts, and crafts, and activities. With other families joining in, as well as dedicated Guest Experience Leaders, this won’t be your regular night at McD’s.
McDonald’s Family Nights were created to help today’s busy parents have a weekly destination where they can bond and create memories with their kids over a meal that everyone in the family can enjoy.
Not only is dining together a great way for parents and their kids to spend more time together, but the survey found that it engages children from being distracted with electronic devices (62%), television (45%), and toys (27%). And dinner time is the best time to do that, with the survey finding that 82% of parents say that conversation most positively impacts quality family time at dinner.
McDonald’s has been caring about family time for a long time now. In 1967, the first Canadian McDonald’s opened in Richmond, BC. And now nearly 3 million people are served every day, and 100,000 people are employed from coast to coast. McDonald’s also purchases 85% of its food, beverages, and packaging from Canadian suppliers.
Has all this talk got you craving some nuggets or a Happy Meal? Want to treat your family to a McDonald’s Family Night? Enter to win one of three $50 gift cards, contest details below.
1. Follow McDonald’s Canada on Instagram – @McDonaldsCanada and leave a comment on the following IG post, telling us why you deserve a night off with McDonald’s (1 entry)
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2. Contest entries will be accepted from the time and date of publishing until 11:59 pm on March 20, 2020. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they used to enter. Contest only available to Canadian residents outside of Quebec.
Visit McDonalds.ca to find out more about how you can make the most of your family meal time.