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How much is too much?

Sara Abbott, Resort General Manager


Piggie bank looking at stacks of coins

$264 is too much money! Let me explain my parenting fail.

My son Grady has braces. We live about 45 miles away from the Resort. When he has to go to the orthodontist, I usually bring him to work with me and he plays in the parks on the day of his appointment. We've been doing this for a while. Recently, he had an appointment. In true fashion, we got up and on the road at 7 am. A couple of neighbor kids came with. They were super pumped about the day. I love these days because the kids get to have fun and they give me a rundown of how their day went. It's a good perspective for me.

They ate breakfast in the Pub. A breakfast wrap is always a favorite! Then, off they went. I gave him my credit card like I always do. Generally, he'll get an unlimited play pass and put a few dollars on a play card so he can play Wizard of Oz, VR Rabids, and Injustice. He'll grab a pizza for lunch and a Gatorade. No big deal.


$264 later they came back with candy, toys, and a bunch of stuff I probably didn't see. I could not believe it was possible to spend so much money in one day! My co-worker Billy explained that he saw them getting massages in the chairs, eating candy, drinking soda...pretty much living their best lives!

When I told him how much he spent, he was really sweet and said that he'll mow the lawn until it's all paid for. Of course, I didn't make him pay me back because it was my fault, I should have known better than to give him the free run of the place with my card. Lesson learned.

When I told my boss, Tom Hahn, this story, he laughed so hard and said, "Good boy, Grady." He'd like me to give him my credit card every day! I call it a parenting fail, Grady still calls it a Kid Win!

I'm going to share ways to save money when coming to Action City.