Back Up Plan

by Marinka on July 28, 2011

Young Ladrinka and I had a talk last week about how although it’s important to have dreams and goals and all that crap, you should have a back up plan in case the whole professional baseball job doesn’t work out for him.

And he listened and he understood and he is working on a new plan.

That seems to involve buying lottery tickets.

I was going to launch into the whole “the lottery is stupid, it’s a tax on poor people,” but The A-List was on and I’m not going to miss those bitches just to have an educational moment with some kid.  Ok, my kid.

So I decided to do that thing that’s really popular in parenting  circles these days– letting him experience the natural consequence of his actions.  There’s a lot to love about that approach.  Especially that it doesn’t actually require me to do anything except sit back, read a magazine and wait for the parenting rewards to come in.

And I did.  And they did did.

Except there was a glitch.

Because he won.

$6 and a free lottery ticket, but still.

With my luck, he’ll probably win a kazillion dollars with his free ticket.

And then I’ll be the one thinking of a back up plan.



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Alison@Mama Wants This
July 28, 2011 at 3:54 am

I’d take advantage of that crazy luck and get more tickets. Just sayin’.


July 28, 2011 at 7:22 am

Skimming the post title, I was expecting a review of the JLo film. But I’m pretty sure Young Ladrinka’s story is much better and more entertaining.


Anthony from CharismaticKid
July 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

Yeah, ain’t that “natural consequences” method awesome? Reminds me of this funny book I discovered:

Makes me wanna know what could be behind the cover of THAT book.


July 28, 2011 at 9:49 am

Just drop him off at a casino in Atlantic City for a few hours with a 50 dollar bill. You could watch some tv in peace. He’d either learn that gambling doesn’t pay – or he’d hit it big and you’d be rich! Or someone would call child protective services. So many possibilities.


July 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

If it were me I’d let him win the millions and then support me forevermore. That would be my back up plan!


anna ~ random handprints July 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

ha! i remember my mom teaching me a similar lesson when we were on vacation in the carribean. she let me put a quarter in a slot machine so i could see how i would just lose it and instead i won a few hundred bucks. lights going on the machine, quarters streaming out, i’m sure it was just like she imagined.


Megan July 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

Is this HIS dollar he’s spending or yours? Because if he wins millions, that could be an issue.


beyond July 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm

but, he can’t legally win until he’s 18, right? so the money would be yours. i would totally encourage him if i were you… (plan a trip to vegas perhaps?)


July 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Dontcha just love it when your great parenting ideas come back to bit you in the ass. But maybe you should try the old: I’ll let him invite (insert favorite movie star) over for dinner. Because of course he won’t come.

hey, it’s worth a shot.


Andrea July 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Would you please have him pick some numbers for me? This lotto pool I’ve been in with coworkers for the last five years hasn’t paid diddly…


dusty earth mother July 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Okay if I bring Young Ladrinka with me when I play bingo with Mama Rose?


July 29, 2011 at 12:09 am

I’m sorry how did Young Ladrinka acquire this said lotto ticket? If it’s his dollar but your effort that afforded him the winning ticket I say you make him go halfsies and also include the taxes. Another hard lesson learned.


joeinvegas July 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Your backup plan should be ‘live in the big house your rich son buys you, and if he doesn’t buy you one then just live with him’


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