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Parenting Lessons From Caine's Arcade: The Fun Pass Is A Great Deal

Filmmaker Nirvan Mullick plays at Caine's Arcade

Much has been written about Caine’s Arcade this week.

The video is the story of one boy who spent a summer building a penny arcade out of cardboard and packing tape. He would sit in front of his arcade each day waiting for customers, constantly refining his setup. No customers came until filmmaker Nirvan Mullick needed a part for his car. He saw Caine’s arcade and bought a FunPass. At 500 plays of the cardboard arcade for $2, it was a great deal.

Much has been written about how Mullick’s simple 10 minute movie has turned into a college fund of more than $100 000 for Caine. Much has been written about a community can rally around a cause and make a difference in a matter of minutes. Much has been written about the impact of social media to make a difference.

But I see something different when I watch Caine’s Arcade. Find out what after the jump.

When I watch Caine’s Arcade I see a fabulous relationship between father and son. I see a kid with an imagination and a Dad that encouraged it.

When Caine takes his toys apart to see how they work, his Dad doesn’t get upset that he broke a toy. He looks at it as a learning experience, when he says with a smirk; “he can’t put them back together, but he takes them apart.”

When Caine asks his father for a claw game, his Dad doesn’t say yes or no, his Dad says “go build it yourself.”

When Caine’s Arcade took over his entire storefront without a single customer, his Dad didn’t tell him to clean up his mess, he let him chase the dream.

In an age where parents are doing homework for their kids, Caine’s Dad let his son do it on his own. Caine came up with the design for his tshirt. Caine invented the arcade games. Caine did the tests and refinements for the games. Caine sourced the prizes. Caine sat out front and barked for customers.

Caine did it. Not his Dad. Caine.

Summer vacation is coming up, and while many of us will fill the schedules with daycamps and activities, you have to wonder if you’re leaving enough time for your kids to be bored.

Are you leaving your kids enough time to be alone with their imagination? Are you giving them the tools to figure it out on their own? Are you putting them in a place full of possibility, and opportunity that they can create for themselves?

Remember, the FunPass is a great deal.

What will you do to inspire, foster, nurture, encourage and bring creativity and imagination to your children’s lives today?

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