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Bringing Up Geeks by Marybeth Hicks
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Apr 20, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: children, nonfiction

The subtitle of this book is "How to Protect Your Kid's Childhood in a Grow-Up-Too-Fast World," and defines geeks as Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids.

This book made me feel validated as a parent. As if we are actually doing not too badly as we decide how to raise our children.

The author, a parenting columnist and mom of 4, has 10 rules for raising "geeks":

Rule 1: Raise a brainiac
Rule 2: Raise a sheltered kid
Rule 3: Raise an uncommon kid
Rule 4: Raise a kid adults like
Rule 5: Raise a late bloomer
Rule 6: Raise a team player
Rule 7: Raise a true friend
Rule 8: Raise a homebody
Rule 9: Raise a principled kid
Rule 10: Raise a faithful kid

Nonreligious readers should probably avoid Rule 10, because it talks about the importance of spirituality in a child's life...and how that helps them cope with some of the stresses of being a "geek."

While I was reading this book, we were dealing with an issue my middle schooler told me about (regarding some inappropriate behavior going on at school), and we made the decision to talk to the teacher about it. My middle schooler was not happy about this, but I explained to him that sometimes doing the right thing is not the popular thing.

I highly recommend this book for parents who want to raise children who are individuals and do not just go along with the hip and cool kid culture.
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April 20, 2009 – Shelved
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message 1: by Holly (new)

Holly I'd be really curious to know what you think of the book Marie. We're challenged by teaching Elliotte something better than what the other kids teach him at school and we often joke about trying to turn him into a Geek for his own protection.

Marie How old is Elliotte? So far, I like the book. I think it will be helpful reading!

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