Teachable Moments: Gambling

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The boys and I bought Hubby the first season of MacGyver for Christmas. It’s something everyone can enjoy with action and cool science-y solutions to save the day and all that. So tonight we sat down to watch an early episode that involved MacGyver stealing stolen diamonds from a bad guy who owned a casino. Naturally gambling was shown….the craps table, roulette wheel, blackjack, and slot machines. I didn’t give it a second thought.

It was an exciting episode (with some really horrible acting, btw) and a great stunt that required driving a convertible out of the back of a cargo jet with a homemade parachute. That MacGyver always was a handy guy.

Immediately after the show Hubby launched the bedtime routine. I showed up for prayers and The Manager asked me to see his new game. He was fantastically excited and had me watch him roll three small plastic figures just like the dice on the craps table.

The reference to gambling wasn’t my favorite but I’m not really all that freaked out by it. What did surprise me was how quickly he adopted a new behavior as “cool” and his own. That ever happen to you?

It was a good opportunity to explain what gambling is and how people can get addicted. All of the boys listened closely and seemed to understand what we were saying. Funny how those little teachable moments pop up when you least expect them.

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The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • chishi January 9, 2009, 2:09 pm

    1st, wow..MacGyver.. it’s my childhood fave movie… i still can remember and play the theme music..
    2nd,haha yes, kids learning so quick about anything.. haha and I guess you guys are good parents that’s why they really listen to you

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  • The Hottest Celeb News January 9, 2009, 10:05 pm

    MacGyver, it’s my chilhood favorite movie

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  • Sandra Foyt January 10, 2009, 1:09 am

    Geez, and I would’ve wanted my son to pick up the oh, so cool ability to create life-saving gadgets out of a stick of gum and a toothpick!

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  • Amy January 13, 2009, 2:31 am

    chishi we’ve been working our way through season 1, and that theme song can really stick in your head! And thanks for the compliment. I have high hopes that the boys make it to adulthood without requiring serious therapy.

    Hottest Celeb News, glad you like it. 🙂 We’re have a good time and I haven’t seen most of these episodes before

    Sandra, I’m hoping they’re still influenced for the good. Tonight MacGyver made bait for fishing using a gum wrapper. When the boys go fishing they’ll have to try it for themselves.

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  • manila business centers January 15, 2009, 1:57 am

    i watch this movie when I’m in childhood years. its true that its all about gambling but as you notice. it has moral lesson in the end of the story…

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  • Amy January 19, 2009, 3:01 am

    manilla business centers you’re right. 🙂 I like how the boys are learning that there is more than one way to solve a problem, and that you don’t have to hurt people to save the day. What’s your favorite MacGuyver moral?

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