My kids are giving up Gambling, for Lent.
My kids are addicted to gambling. They don’t consider it gambling, but it is.
Every (E.V.E.R.Y.) time we go to a store with a crane machine, no matter how crappy the toys are, my kids literally drool at the sight of the kid-centric gambling machines.
When I was young, we played a lot of video games but…..
I never drooled at the site of Ms. PAC-MAN or Burger Time.
These crane machines take kid gaming to a
Whole. Nother. Level.
I’m not sure what is so inciting about the cheap toys in those machines, but I do know when it started.
My Father taught my kids how to win at the crane machine in Fudruckers (hamburger restaurant) when they were very young.
An obsession was born.
I have watched in horrified silence as my children fed dollar after dollar into machines where they “almost” got the toy. Once they are done spending their allowance, they beg me for more money.
I’m concerned that I am raising future slot machine addicts.
They never seem to get enough of the gambling.
Way back in the day….
Monday, at Wal-mart my tween and teen spent $5 in a crane machine….they got nothing.
So, for Lent my kids are giving up the crane machines. Maybe the time away from the gambling machines will break the addiction.
At least I hope so.
If you’re “giving up” something for Lent, what?