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A Joy To Give, But Not To Kids… So Give These Things Instead (WIN!) A Joy To Give, But Not To Kids… So Give These Things Instead (WIN!)
It’s that very special time of year! It’s my FAVOURITE time of year and I just know that many feel the same way.  The... A Joy To Give, But Not To Kids… So Give These Things Instead (WIN!)

It’s that very special time of year! It’s my FAVOURITE time of year and I just know that many feel the same way.  The countdown to Christmas is on, which means the countdown to getting all the Christmas shopping done is also on! AHHH!  I’ve partnered with the BCLC to help remind parents that some gifts are a joy to give but that they just aren’t meant for kids, like Scratch & Win tickets!

Confession: Growing up, we often had Scratch & Win tickets in our stockings.  Apparently, our parents also held us as infants in backseats of cars instead of putting us in carseats.  Some of our parents also smoked throughout their pregnancies.  I am by NO MEANS pointing fingers or placing blame, all I’m saying is… We know more now.  We have research to help us make more responsible choices as adults and parents.  We have carseats for safety, we know the risks of smoking when pregnant and we also know that it’s illegal for children under the age of 19 to gamble, for a reason.

Knowing the facts about gambling and starting the conversation earlier means kids will be better prepared to make responsible choices.

It’s never too early to start the conversation with kids about gambling.  The BCLC has created GameSense for Parents as a resource we can all use to better educate ourselves and our children on gambling.

Until our littles can make informed decisions for themselves and are able to properly weigh the risks of gambling, skip the Scratch & Wins and fill their little stockings full of age-appropriate goodies likes these:

 

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All of those ideas are available at Indigo in stores or online AND… whoa, what do you know…

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In partnership with the BCLC, I am excited to be giving away a $100 gift card to Indigo!  To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below! Good luck and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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This message is being shared in partnership with the BCLC. The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.  

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Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • Krista M

    December 2, 2016 #1 Author

    From the BCLC site I learned that kids’ brains are still developing & therefore less capable of assessing the risks of gambling; that they see gambling as exciting & will often ignore the negative outcomes associated with it.

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  • Barb W

    December 2, 2016 #2 Author

    It’s crazy but I learned a gambling problem can start developing as young as 10 years old!

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  • Elaine

    December 2, 2016 #3 Author

    I learned that the average age that problem gamblers start is aged 10!

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  • Marla P

    December 2, 2016 #4 Author

    I’ve learnt that The types of gambling activities with the most participation by kids under 18 are Scratch & Win tickets, poker and betting on the outcome of a game.

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  • Lindsay

    December 2, 2016 #5 Author

    Wow, 10 years old that is so young! Good to know Jess, thanks for sharing!

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  • Leana

    December 2, 2016 #6 Author

    I learned the importance of having conversations about gambling with your kids early!

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  • Kayla

    December 2, 2016 #7 Author

    Age 10! That’s crazy!

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  • Jacqueline

    December 2, 2016 #8 Author

    Didn’t realize that kids are starting gambling at the age of 10!

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  • Josie

    December 2, 2016 #9 Author

    Wow! I learned gambling problems can begin as early as 10. That’s crazy

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  • Andria

    December 2, 2016 #10 Author

    That gambling can start much younger (age 10) than one would think!

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  • Tina L.

    December 2, 2016 #11 Author

    gambling addition could start as young as 10!!!

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  • Tiffany

    December 2, 2016 #12 Author

    I learned that the average gambler started at age 10! That’s insane! I always thought those things were fun to let my kids play…not so much now!!

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  • Erinn Lishman

    December 2, 2016 #13 Author

    There is SO much information on this website- what a great learning tool. I loved their tips on how to start a conversation with your kids about gambling, especially the tip that actions speak louder than words.

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  • Tara Betterley

    December 2, 2016 #14 Author

    I was shocked to read the facts. Hard to believe that the average age that the kids start gambling is 10!

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  • Jocelyn

    December 2, 2016 #15 Author

    10 is so young ????

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  • Sunshine H

    December 2, 2016 #16 Author

    I learned that many problem gamblers started as young as 10 years old

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    • Wanda Tracey

      December 17, 2016 #17 Author

      I learned that many problem gamblers started as young as 10 years old.Wow! That is shocking!

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  • Kristina

    December 2, 2016 #18 Author

    I learned that Kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke, yet they’re far less educated on the subject. Scary!

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  • Jill K

    December 2, 2016 #19 Author

    It’s never too early to start talking with kids about gambling

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  • tracy k

    December 2, 2016 #20 Author

    i learned the average gambler starts at 10yo.

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  • Melinda Jana

    December 3, 2016 #21 Author

    generally the average gambler started gambling as young as age 10

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  • Jenny Major

    December 3, 2016 #22 Author

    I learned that the average age that problem gamblers start is aged 10

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  • Mike Gismondi

    December 3, 2016 #23 Author

    Kids who say their parents have gambled in the past year are significantly more likely to participate in gambling activities themselves.

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  • Heather

    December 3, 2016 #24 Author

    I had no idea kids started gambling so young!

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  • Marsalie

    December 3, 2016 #25 Author

    Gambling addictions can start at age 10.

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  • Jenness M

    December 3, 2016 #26 Author

    I learned that kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke, yet they’re far less educated on the subject.

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  • Glogirl

    December 3, 2016 #27 Author

    I learned that kids who say their parents gambled in the last year were significantly more likely to gamble themselves. Parents really are role models!

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  • Rajbinder Kaur

    December 3, 2016 #28 Author

    Wow, completely shocked to learn kids as young as 10 are gambling. I can’t believe this.

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  • Suzanne G

    December 3, 2016 #29 Author

    I learned that problem gamblers start gambling by the time they are 10.

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  • BobbiJo Pentney

    December 3, 2016 #30 Author

    Kids are gambling earlier than we thought crazy 10 years old

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  • Jeannie Lam

    December 3, 2016 #31 Author

    I learned that a problem gambler addiction problem can start as early as 10 years old! Crazy!

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  • Wanda Tracey

    December 3, 2016 #32 Author

    I learned that kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke, yet they’re far less educated on the subject. I was shocked to learn that gamblers first started at age 10!!

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  • Lynn

    December 3, 2016 #33 Author

    I definitely remember getting scratch tickets in my stocking when I was little…actually the same relatives that gave them when I was young still give them to me!

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  • Alana

    December 3, 2016 #34 Author

    I want Indigo and to win the lotto for Christmas! Love the stocking stuffers you showed. And, at the end of the day, I don’t think parents holding us on their laps was the end of the world. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone 😉

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  • naiddia p

    December 3, 2016 #35 Author

    I learned problem gamblers start as young as 10.

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  • Josh S

    December 3, 2016 #36 Author

    I learned that the average gambler started gambling as young as age 10. That is really scary.

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  • Sunshine G

    December 3, 2016 #37 Author

    I had no idea kids were gambling at age 10!

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  • Victor

    December 3, 2016 #38 Author

    I think it is important to teach kids about gambling much like sex education in school. Help them learn where their boundaries are, whether they have an addictive personality to gambling (e.g. if they gamble then they can’t stop). To talk about gambling one has to be able to talk about the odds and math and the reasoning behind it. I don’t think don’t gamble similar to the avoid sex type of sexual education. On a basic level, gambling is probability. We deal with probability and uncertainty from getting into a car to buying life insurance.

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  • maria

    December 3, 2016 #39 Author

    I learned that gambler’s start as young as 10 yrs old

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  • Amy C

    December 3, 2016 #40 Author

    I learned that most problem gambles started gambling at age 10.

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  • Angie S.

    December 3, 2016 #41 Author

    I learned that the average age that problem gamblers start is aged 10

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  • Katy Waldegrave

    December 3, 2016 #42 Author

    I learnt that the average age worldwide for gamblers with gambling problems to start gambling is 10 years old, wow.

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  • lori butler

    December 3, 2016 #43 Author

    when I first heard of this, i was shocked, i still can’t believe that basically babies are gambling :(

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  • Lisa Corriveau

    December 4, 2016 #44 Author

    I was amazed at the average age that problem gamblers started as being 10.

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  • Jennifer P.

    December 4, 2016 #45 Author

    I learned that 43% of BC kids say they have gambled in the last year, and that kids are more likely to try gambling over drugs, cigarettes or alcohol.

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  • missbobloblaw

    December 4, 2016 #46 Author

    I’ve learned that studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  • Anne-Marie Tvete

    December 4, 2016 #47 Author

    I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  • angela m

    December 5, 2016 #48 Author

    I learned that Kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke, yet they’re far less educated on the subject

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  • jan

    December 5, 2016 #49 Author

    I liked their explanation of the difference between gambling and games of skill

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  • Mary

    December 5, 2016 #50 Author

    I’ve learned that most problem gamblers start at around age 10!

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  • aaron reck

    December 5, 2016 #51 Author

    Kids gamble earlier than I thought. Oh no that is not good.

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  • heather sibley

    December 6, 2016 #52 Author

    I learned a gambling problem can start developing as young as 10 years old!

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  • Linda

    December 7, 2016 #53 Author

    I learned that studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  • Kam

    December 7, 2016 #54 Author

    I learned that gambling addiction can start as young as 10 years old.

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  • Rachel

    December 8, 2016 #55 Author

    Learned that problem gamblers started at age 10.

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  • Erin W

    December 8, 2016 #56 Author

    I learned that a good way to talk to kids is to promote games that need hard work and skill for a payoff instead of chance.

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  • Tammy Dalley

    December 9, 2016 #57 Author

    I learned the average age of 10 kids start gambling

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  • Pam

    December 10, 2016 #58 Author

    Kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke.

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  • Shirley S

    December 10, 2016 #59 Author

    I learned that studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  • wendy Hutton

    December 10, 2016 #60 Author

    I learned that kidsa re gambling earlier than we thnk

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  • Wanda Tracey

    December 11, 2016 #61 Author

    I learned that kids as young as ten years old have a gambling problem.They are far more
    likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke, yet they’re far less educated on the subject.

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  • Sarah Alexis

    December 11, 2016 #62 Author

    I found out that the average age that problem gamblers start is aged 10 – say WHAT???!!!!!

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  • Jonnie

    December 14, 2016 #63 Author

    I learned that kids are exposed to gambling images every day

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  • Judy Cowan

    December 14, 2016 #64 Author

    I learned that average gambler starts gambling as young as age 10, wow that is young.

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  • ivy pluchinsky

    December 14, 2016 #65 Author

    the average age that the kids start gambling is 10! That is shocking.

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  • Alex Remtulla

    December 14, 2016 #66 Author

    I learned that scratch and win tickets are one of the most participated in gambling activities by kids

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  • Juliee Fitze

    December 15, 2016 #67 Author

    I was amazed to find out that most problem gamblers started at age 10

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  • Florence Cochrane

    December 15, 2016 #68 Author

    I was shocked to read that most gamblers stated gambling at young age of 10

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  • Karla Sceviour

    December 16, 2016 #69 Author

    I learned that Studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. Wow,,that is shocking.

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  • Chris C

    December 18, 2016 #70 Author

    Gambling can start early like 10 years old!

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  • Carole Dube

    December 18, 2016 #71 Author

    I learned a gambling problem can start developing as young as 10 years old! That is scary!

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  • Mai Edwards

    December 19, 2016 #72 Author

    WOW age 10 who knew.

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  • Stephanie Pettie

    December 19, 2016 #73 Author

    So crazy to read that gambling addictions can start as early as 10 years old!! Like you, 8 remember my grandpa giving my cousins and I scratch tickets for birthdays and Christmas!

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  • Monica

    December 19, 2016 #74 Author

    Great partnership with BCLC! I had NO IDEA studies pointed to gambling problems starting as early as 10yrs of age! It has been a tradition to receive scratch tickets in our stockings!

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  • Sara

    December 19, 2016 #75 Author

    As young as 10- this is news to me and I remember getting a ticket every year since that age in my stocking.

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  • Kristy Todd

    December 19, 2016 #76 Author

    I’m shocked that kids as young as age 10 start gambling… crazy! And good to be aware.

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  • Francine

    December 19, 2016 #77 Author

    Kids who say their parents have gambled in the past year are significantly more likely to participate in gambling activities themselves

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  • Jennifer Ann Wilson

    December 19, 2016 #78 Author

    I was shocked to learn that some children start gambling at the age of 10!

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  • Andrea f

    December 19, 2016 #79 Author

    I’ve learned that’s it’s never too early to have a conversation about gambling

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  • M

    December 19, 2016 #80 Author

    I learned that kids can start gambling as young as 10

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  • christina wilson

    December 19, 2016 #81 Author

    I learned that kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs or smoke! And can start as early as age 10! Crazy!!

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  • Keisha

    December 19, 2016 #82 Author

    Great giveaway Jess! Our Littles love books!

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  • Crystal

    December 19, 2016 #83 Author

    10 years old!? ???? That’s crazy.

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  • Dani Mossman

    December 19, 2016 #84 Author

    This was a very interesting post! I learned the importance of starting conversations with our children about gambling and how problematic it can be. The average person with a gambling issue starts engaging in these behaviors around age 10 (which shocked me), and that this behavior is linked to family members who also have issues with gambling. Thanks for learning opportunity!

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  • Heather W

    December 19, 2016 #85 Author

    I was extremely surprised to read that kids with a gambling problem started gambling at 10 years old.. I don’t even understand how thats possible.. where are their parents?

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  • HEIDI C.

    December 19, 2016 #86 Author

    I am amazed that kids as young as 10 can get addicted to gambling.

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  • Melissa

    December 19, 2016 #87 Author

    Fun fact, I’ve never purchased a lottery ticket ????

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  • Lori W.

    December 19, 2016 #88 Author

    Kids are more likely to gamble than to smoke, do drugs or drink

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  • KR

    December 19, 2016 #89 Author

    It was always a tradition to receive scratch tickets in our stocking too! I never linked scratch cards to gambling adiction, good partnership with BCLC!

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  • Nancy J Montgomery

    December 19, 2016 #90 Author

    I’m surprised that kds are more likely to gamble than drink.

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  • Jenny Liu

    December 19, 2016 #91 Author

    I learned the signs of gambling and that the types of gambling activities with the most participation by kids under 18 are Scratch & Win tickets, poker and betting on the outcome of a game.

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  • Holly D

    December 19, 2016 #92 Author

    That kids are more likely to gamble than drink, do drugs, or smoke. And some kids start gambling as early as age 10!

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  • nicolthepickle

    December 20, 2016 #93 Author

    I learned that it can start as young as 10. That is scary!

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  • Amanda S

    December 20, 2016 #94 Author

    I learned that kids worldwide start gambling as young as 10. I don’t think I even knew gambling existed when I was 10! That was a shock.

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  • Stephanie

    December 20, 2016 #95 Author

    I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  • Maria

    December 20, 2016 #96 Author

    I learned that it’s important to have conversation with the children about gambling, shocking that some started to gamble at 10 WOW

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  • kristen visser

    December 20, 2016 #97 Author

    I learned that kids are gambling as young as 10 years of age!! That is crazy I didn’t know it was from that young

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  • Jodi Mitrovic

    December 21, 2016 #98 Author

    I’m surprised to have learned that studies conducted worldwide have found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10.

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  • dave

    December 21, 2016 #99 Author

    gambling addition could start as young as 10

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  • Luisa

    December 21, 2016 #100 Author

    I learned about the signs of gambling and that poker and scratch and win are types of gambling that younger people do

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  • Yuen C

    December 21, 2016 #101 Author

    I learned that the average age that problem gamblers start is age 10.

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  • Shannon Grochowski

    December 21, 2016 #102 Author

    gambling problems can start as early as 10 years old!! :O

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  • Lushka Smith

    December 21, 2016 #103 Author

    I learned that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10, yikes so young.

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  • Vivian

    December 22, 2016 #104 Author

    Ten years old with gambling problems! So early!

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  • Melissa Black

    December 22, 2016 #105 Author

    I learned kids are gambling way earlier than we think.

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  • Monica C

    December 22, 2016 #106 Author

    I learned the signs to look out for in case someone is a risk to become a problem.

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  • Karine

    December 22, 2016 #107 Author

    I didn’t know such a high percentage of children had gambled before

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  • Christina D

    December 23, 2016 #108 Author

    If parents gamble around their kids it can set as a bad example on the kids and persuade them to gamble.

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  • Soozle

    December 24, 2016 #109 Author

    I learned and was shocked gambling addiction can start as young as 10!

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  • Tanya CI

    December 24, 2016 #110 Author

    It is never too soon to talk to kids

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  • Bons

    December 25, 2016 #111 Author

    I learned that many problem gamblers start gambling at a very young age.

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  • Monique L.S.

    December 25, 2016 #112 Author

    I learned that children are exposed to various types of gambling every day.

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  • Sarah De Diego

    December 26, 2016 #113 Author

    I learned that “Kids are gambling earlier than you may think”. I can’t believe that I might need to talk to my 7-year-olds about it soon. Eck.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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  • darci paice

    December 27, 2016 #114 Author

    I learned that addiction to gambling can start as young as 10 years old

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  • Andrea

    December 27, 2016 #115 Author

    Kids are gambling as young as 10 years old!

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