Is it Wrong to Use my Kids to Feed My Online Game Addiction?

Yesterday, as my daughter and I browsed at the mall, we came across the new Webkinz Valentine’s Frog. Sure, I had promised her a stuffed animal for V-day, but I felt compelled to talk her into this one. Why, you ask? Because I’m addicted to online games, including some at Webkinz.com. I use my children’s need to earn “Kinz” cash as an excuse to login to their account and play when they’re asleep.

I’ll admit it, I’m a closet “Cash Cow 2” player. Basically, the “Cash Cow” games are somewhat like Tetris and equally as spellbinding. They get imbedded in my mind and I often continue to play in my dreams, which is rather disturbing, as I can never get past level 5 while sleeping! I am also smitten with a few Facebook games as well. I strive to have “The Biggest Brain,” amongst my friends and often end up in 4 person “Word Twist” tournaments. I know, my “cool” factor just dropped a point or two, but I’m not the only one playing these time wasters; half of my FB updates are “Farmville” players asking me to help them hoe something or “Mafia Wars” addicts telling me who they just shot. Sometimes, I need a release from thinking about homework and dentist appointments and playing “kids” games ironically helps.

Yes, I talked my child into a self-serving V-day gift, but think of the moolah I can earn her with 365 more days of play -- a yearly renewal comes with the purchase of every Webkinz. With all the dough I’ve won her, she can buy Froggie tons of fancy food and decorate it’s room to the hilt. Come to think of it, I might just be the most selfless mom ever.

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