Thursday, February 11, 2010

Dippin Dots and Teaching Moments

Once in a while I post non-writing related things. Today is one of those times.

In parenting you often hear about taking advantage of the Teaching Moments. Wouldn't it be nice if life had a notification sound for when it is a Teaching Moment, like when you get a text? You know, you could be in the middle of juggling homework, dinner, and a phone conversation. Then from the air you hear Beep-Beep-Bedeep. And instantly you know this is a Teaching Moment.

I think the newest iPhone should have that feature--a Teaching Moment App. (Steve Jobs, contact me later and we'll chat.)

Even though I don't have a Teaching Moment notification, I did manage to catch a Teaching Moment a few weeks ago. It was a "Teach the Evils of Buying Things on Credit" Teaching Moment. It went over like a lead balloon, but Teaching Moments are often like that.

Kidlet 1 and Kidlet 2 love the video game system they got for Christmas, but they don't have many games to go with it. One day, Kidlet 1 wanted to go to the used game store and spend some of his saved allowance money. He approached Kidlet 2 with the idea of splitting the cost of the game, and then both could play it. This would have been a great idea except Kidlet 2 spends his allowance as quickly as his lungs convert oxygen into carbon dioxide.

So Kidlet 2 didn't have enough money to pay for half of the game, and in order for him to be able to play it, he had to pony up half the price, which he didn't have. Kidlet 2 approached the bank (i.e. mom) to see if he could borrow against his next allowance payment. Mom thought for a moment about the state of the world's economy because of rampant debt, and said, "No."

The weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth began.

And, as happens in Teaching Moments such as this, Kidlet 2 did not appreciate the comment that next time he wants to blow $6 on Dippin' Dots, maybe he should reconsider what else that $6 could buy.

Good thing Kidlet 2 doesn't actually have laser vision, or mom would have gone up in flames.

But I bet he thinks twice about those Dippin' Dots next time.


Kerrie said...

I bet he does. Been there many times. My teen daughter's "dipping dots" are movies now. And usually it is the same movie. She has seen Sherlock Holmes 4 times already. So when she sees that "totally cute" jacket that she doesn't have money for--she doesn't appreciate my comments either.

Carolyn V. said...

Way to go with the teaching moment. Glad you survived the wailing and gnashing! =)

L.T. Elliot said...

I would SO use that App!

Way to hold your ground because you're right, he'll remember it next time. ;)

オテモヤン said...


elizabeth mueller said...

What a wonderful post! I love how you call your kids kidlets. I call them kidlets too!! LOL... What are dippin dots? Ice cream? It looks yummy IF it's ice cream!! ;)

My Kidlet 2 has a hard time learning from his actions. It's a never ending cycle. *sigh...

Wow, here I thought you look pretty in your picture--you are gorgeous in real life! It was so nice meeting you and having you with us yesterday! :)

Krista said...

Excellent teaching moment. I can so relate. I have a magnet that says, "If at first you don't succeed, go back and do it the way Mom told you to."
No pressure, right?