To make it even more deplorable, we don’t play for silly prizes or trinkets. No way! We play for money, green hard cash. If the kids want to play, they know to bring their piggy banks because Mommy doesn’t bank roll their gambling.
Not everyone appreciates our love for Poker. During family parties, my children are banned from the poker table. Family members scold: “It’s inappropriate… You’re raising degenerates … Gambling leads to crime.” And my personal favorite, “What next? Money laundering?” But they’re scolding me while counting chips and peaking at their own poker hands.
Why do I let them play Poker? Because poker is our equalizer. It bridges the gap between our ages. My teens become people. We interact, laugh and talk. It works for us.
Why not play board games? I wish I liked board games. Really I do. But I’d rather stick hot burning embers in my eyes than play with paper money or dice. I hate board games and my kids can tell – they know when Mom’s bluffing ;-).
A well-known Harvard law professor Charles Nesson wants to teach kids the skills of life using poker. He says, “Though just a game, poker teaches survival skills and encourages the development of good instincts. A good poker player learns to size up the competition quickly and decide where potential risks lie."
Acquiring math and life skills is just a bonus. I spend a lot of my time teaching, lecturing, or punishing my kids. Poker allows me to just play with them. Don’t worry, it’s not casino central every night. Here are other equalizers we’ve found:
- Cooking Channel – A compromise between their teen-trash and my chick flicks.
- Colombo DVD series –Colombo rocks and is good for ages 9 and up.
- Trampoline – Jumping on the trampoline reminds the kids that Mom’s not so old.
- Set – A card game that doesn’t include betting and bluffing. Yes, we have some!
What are your equalizers?
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