Being a geek was something I tried my best to hide throughout my teenage years. One day I made the realization that a teenage girl who’s crush was Batman and favorite past time was Simming (Playing The Sims) was not regarded as being “cool”. So I did my best to keep it to myself and fit into this mold of what the other kids expected. I think we’ve all been there at some point in our lives. I am a very expressive person and I hated not feeling free to be exactly who I was. But that all changed when I had my first son. My homebirthed, blond hair, blue eyed baby boy. I then realized that he too would be a geek, there was no way of avoiding it and that his geekiness, in part, was going to make him who he was. I promised myself that I was going to embrace it and make sure he knew it was nothing to ashamed of and I think I succeeded.
By the age of three he could name more obscure Marvel heroes and villains then he had fingers and toes, along with their powers and weaknesses. He has his dad and I read comic books and Wikipedia entries on Superheroes and Star Wars characters more then picture books. Now at the age of 4 he can even name and number the 11 actors who played his favorite hero, The Doctor and is an endless fountain of nerdy knowledge.
Simon Pegg was quoted as saying that “being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”
I couldn’t have said it better. My first wish for my children was to always be honest, especially with themselves. One thing embracing my son’s geekiness did for his father and I, was force us to embrace our own. It has been extremely liberating to not only express my geek again but to be geeky with my little ones.
Wither you are a geek or just raising a geeky kid, it is important to show support, interest and help your child grow into who they really are with all the interests they enjoy and love them all the way. Maybe if we can teach our children to wear GEEK with pride and embrace it, the term will no longer be something to grow up and be ashamed of.
How do you embrace and support your child’s inner geek?
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