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Am I a bad Grandma??

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by vwhiten, Jun 1, 2017.

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  1. Valgal

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    So today was last day of school. Let's just say my Grandson has a complicated living/family dynamics. His mother left my son and Grandson 2 years ago. She wanted to party and have a little fun - while she was still married -- she pretty much gave full custody to my son. He does stay with his mom 2 days a week. He goes to school in our town where his dad went to school. Small town - one school. My son and his ex live in another small town 20 miles away. My son works in our town. Lots of people commute from the other small town due to the high cost of housing here. Anywho - we (my husband and I keep our Grandson over night frequently) everyone is getting along and I would rather keep the peace. Next year I guess we will have him even more because my son has moved in with his fiance even further away to the big city of San Antonio about 60 miles away.

    Lol - about being a bad Grandma. Tonight my Grandson and I are sitting around my redneck fire pit -- eventually it will be a a true fire pit. I will post a pic of why I call it the redneck fire pit -- only in Texas. I took my bluetooth speaker out and played Coldplay for my almost 10 year old Grandson. -- His choice - first time I ever actually listened to this group -- kind of like most of it. So I am playing on my cell phone- training for my upcoming trip. Ultimate-X 3 play Bonus Poker Deluxe aka, Boner Poker Deluxe. He sits in the chair next to me and pulls up close. I start teaching him video poker. I see it as multi tasking, me getting ready for my trip and also teaching dexterity and math skills to my Grandson. Right??? Also it is only 11 years before I can take him for his first Vegas trip.

    He actually asked me earlier in the day why he had to be 21 years old to play slots. He found a slot app on my kindle. --- No one tell his Dad.
     
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  2. BlueBellThunder

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    First off Coldplay is inappropriate for a 10 year old. Second very bad teaching the boy the evils of gambling. I'm just teasing. Coldplay is a great band in I personally don't see anything wrong with teaching a kid video poker. Unlike drugs, only a very small amount of folks become addicted gamblers. I think its great that you're helping to raise your grandson. So sad that a mother would somewhat abandon her child, same thing happened to my nephew. His mother gave up full custody when he was 10 years old. He hasn't even heard from her in at least 10 years, he's 30 now. I don't think you need to wait until he's 21 to go to Vegas. While I don't necessarily think Vegas is a great place for kids, it's not a terrible place either. Just don't let him play the slots lol.
     
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  3. smartone

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    Sounds like the interaction and time spent together is what's really important... probably for both of you! I give you an A+!
     
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    I was a little put off by his "favorite song" because it talks about being so drunk and high -- in love -- I am sure he gets to listen to this with his mom. I do talk to him about drugs, drinking and bad choices all the time. -- I did tell him he had to be 21 to gamble with real money and we were only doing it for points on the game. I think it would be a fun trip to Vegas with him -- doing it right around the kid oriented activities.

    When he was 3 years old he was already getting on my phone. I realized it he was already getting on my VP app that I downloaded on the advice from non-other than RF. I didn't realize it until we were at the local grocery and I could hear the coins clinking in the background. I was a little embarrassed -- he found it on his own and opened up the app with no help from me.
     
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    You're teaching the kid math. That's a helluva lot more than he'll learn in school!
     
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  6. Valgal

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    My Dad taught me chess, poker, and Blackjack at about the same age. I suck at table poker -- I have no poker face.
     
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    Some of my fondest memories of my grandmother involve sitting in her lap, feeding quarters into the slots for her. I'd say you are doing a bang up job! :thumbsup:
     
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    ...and look how you turned out!
    teaching him video poker is nothing. no different than any of the other handheld electronic games that they play with.
    I learned live poker from my Dad and uncles when I was young, and wish I had learned MORE while they were all still here.
    .... and look how I turned out. well-- never mind that.
     
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  9. LolaDoggie

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    My nephews are running a countdown to how long before they come to Vegas with Uncle Bob and me. Sometimes I quiz them, like "what are we gonna eat?" PRIME RIB! But, I haven't got them started on actual training yet. But, the one is very good at math so, I'm not worried. The parents are supposed to be the responsible ones. The rest of us have more flexibility.
     
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  10. Echo27

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    You sound like a wonderful grandma to me! :)
     
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    Some of my best childhood memories are of playing poker with my grandma and her mother (my 90-something y.o. great-grandma). Great-grandma got PISSED when she lost. She was so competitive, she would cheat like a fiend, not only at poker, but at checkers and "go fish" as well. Good times!
     
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    I think you're a great grandma...being there at times for your grandson when his parents can't. As a role model for the lad, teaching gambling isn't too bad of an idea as long as you connect it to life lessons. Most importantly is money management in that any money you use for gambling is extra money you are willing to lose. The only money you use for gambling is what you have after paying all of your bills and contributions to your savings and retirement. Gambling money is taken from your entertainment budget...not your mortgage budget, your retirement budget, education budget, your car/home budget, etc. Money management. Second is to learn the math behind gambling. That a casino is building that new hotel with funds it got from offering 99.5% payback games. That a game paying back $.96 on a dollar compared to a game paying back $.98 on a dollar will mean that you will lose your money twice as fast. So, when you compare a 99.5% payback video poker game to a 91% payback slot machine game you will lose your money 18x faster playing the slots. When he can understand this math then he can make the choice of whether he wants to pull that slot machine handle. Weighing his priorities of where to put his earned money and understanding the math takes maturity and that's why he has to wait until he's 21 yo.
     
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    My Grandmother taught me poker. I turned out OK. I think!:cool:
     
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    I play online poker and my grandkids have "helped" me make choices based on the cards for years. Now my youngest grandson (who will be "legal" in October has told me he wants to go to the casino and play some slots and cards for his birthday....not because he wants it for himself, but as he put it, "Nana, you get bored anywhere else!". Gotta love an observant and considerate kid. And yes, he is well versed in how to play NLH and Video Poker...in fact, he's better than I am so I guess I've done something right.
     
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    My grandpa played video poker religiously and even purchased an old quarter Jacks or Better machine that he had in his house. Every time I went over there as a kid, I would pump tons of quarters (his quarters) into the machine and play for hours not really knowing what I was doing. He taught me the basic strategy at like 12 years old and it is one of the greatest memories I have of my grandfather. I definitely credit him with my love for Vegas.

    Anyways, I turned out fine and am not too bad of a degenerate and I don't even really play video poker anymore on my trips. I think what you're doing is fine.
     
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    Oh, also, my father taught me how to play 5 card stud and cribbage 500 with scoring and betting. The only card games he knew.
     
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    Bad grandma? Of course not. Being given love and support and attention puts him ahead of the curve already.

    A bad idea? Maybe. VP and slots are particularly designed to be addictive, and trainers separate play from consequences. Then again, you can pivot the game into life lessons about money, playing within one's means, and the goal being fun, and not a serious expectation of profit. Getting into VP with a role model who maintains discipline and budget could be safer than trying it on one's own, I suppose.
     
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    Nothing wrong with that. My Dad taught kids how to play craps, poker, black jack, all of that when we were about that age.
     
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    This morning my husband was spending quality time with our Grandson bonding over fart sound apps.
     
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    :wink2::thumbsdown::grrr: u going straight to hell! Lol.:kill:
     
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