Ten years ago this question would be a little more interesting. Today kids are such a mess that poker might not even make the list of do's and don'ts. I personally think it's great if they learn anything that teaches analitical thinking, no matter what it is. Even if it's for money...their money. I started playing cards for cash when I was 11. By the time I was 18 I was winning all the poker games
my friends had on the weekends. I really don't think any leisure activity (which is all poker is to kids) will mold them into what they will become as adults...that's supposedly what "parents" do. My Dad teaching me how to play cards is up there with my fondest memories.