Is betting a lesson learned for a 7 year old?

Connie - posted on 10/07/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




My husband insisted on making a bet with our seven year old about a football game outcome. He said he would bet $20. He industry that her end of the bet should be all of her money. She didn't like that and didn't want to agree with him. My suggestion was for her to bet a dollar but husband kept insisting on all of her money. She lost they bet. Yesterday he kept at her to give him all of her momey. She refused argued etc . I told my husband it wasn't appropriate. Apparently he kept at ot snd she gave him her money, hence the reconciliation and subsequent shopping trip and soccer ball. My husband insists this is a learning tool so she won't bet again. Thoughts?


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All he taught was how to let herself be pressured into doing something she wasn't comfortable with. "way to go Dad!"

It is only a learning tool if she was a willing participant and understood what was happening. seems to me she already knew it was a risk and this is why she didn't want to bet all of her money. So now what has happened is she felt pressured into betting all of her money and when she lost (which she knew could happen anyway) she didn't want to give up her money (quite rightly). $20 is a lot to a kid. I think your husband is the one that needs to learn the lesson here as she didn't want to bet in the first place and he basically bullied her into it. What sort of a lesson is that?


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Amy - posted on 10/07/2012




No way maybe because my husband had a gambling problem but I would not encourage that in my house nor would I allow it. Part of the bet is both parties need to agree to the terms and it doesn't sound like she did! I also don't understand how a grown adult thinks it's a good idea to take money from their own children.

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