Dad shares 'genius' parenting hack for making cheap 'Happy Meals' for his daughter

Dad shares 'genius' parenting hack for making cheap 'Happy Meals' for his daughter

A dad has shared a genius parenting hack for making cheap 'Happy Meals' for his daughter.

Taking to Facebook, Andy Penn explained that McDonald's workers have the ability to make parents' lives a lot easier. He said that when he visits the fast-food chain, he simply asks for some extra Happy Meal packaging for a brilliant reason.

In the video below, kids taste test the new vegetarian Happy Meal: 

He wrote: "Next time you're at McDonald’s, ask the staff nicely for some spare packaging (they don't seem to mind when you explain)... Then, when your child wants 'a happy meal' and you can't be bothered to leave the house or wanna save the pennies, you can just make them up one at home."

Andy also joked that this only works if you include a toy with your homemade Happy Meals too.

Needless to say, the post garnered significant attention on the social media website from impressed parents, and, at the time of writing, it has received over 3.3K reactions and 5.2K comments.

While most fans of the hack simply tagged their friends, one suggested an improvement writing: "Don't need to ask just take ur rubbish home and recycle."

However, the hack did have its naysayers, who said that their children would notice immediately if they tried to serve them a fake Happy Meal.

"Maybe it's my total inexperience with parenting that's talking, but who the heck would fall for that? Regardless of your age, they're still different foods... The packaging maybe, the aesthetic if you're lucky. But surely the ruse will come crashing down once they put it in their mouths?"

Others criticized Andy not simply saying no to his daughter.

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One wrote: "Or you could just teach your child what the word 'no' is. We can’t always get what we want when we want it. I am not doing all of this extra to go around one simple lesson in life."

So, what do you think? Is this a genius parenting hack or