RATIONALE for “Who Wants to be a ‘Sexy’
Millionaire? “ .pdf
“Who Wants to be a ’Sexy’ Millionaire”
was developed in response to parents’ requests for an
opening game to lessen everyone’s anxiety. The "game
show" format includes content from the formal presentation
in a more interactive style. The questions and the correct
answers were developed by Mary Lee O’Connell, CRNP.
The strange and sometimes funny wrong answers were developed
by some helpful teens. As children become active learners,
embarrassment and stress lessens.
The response has been enthusiastically positive. One evaluation
stated the game was “very helpful to lowering parent/child
“anxiety.” Another parent commented that during
the game “kids get to discuss and discover they are
not alone. There is always someone who can help and who is
The game teaches more than knowledge and is non-threatening.
The students can use two lifelines to help answer any question
or poll the group. The game also teaches the impact of peer
pressure as many students change their correct answer when
friends disagree. It also shows how easy it is for them to
second guess themselves when asked, "Is that your final
answer?" Many kids learn early that if they want the
right answer, they should ask a parent to be their lifeline.
It is stressed that a game is fun and there is no harm done
with a wrong answer BUT life is different. They will one day
have to make important choices and they will need the CORRECT
information. Their parents are the best ones to help them
find the right answers.
If you have any ideas for additional questions, I would love
to hear from you.
Have fun with the game.
Mary Lee O’Connell, CRNP