7 steps to raise a geek child

Occasionally I move from Practical Nerd to personal nerd in my columns for GeekWire. And “7 steps to raise a geek child” is my most personal yet. By powerbooktrance [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Yet it’s also practical, in that “geek” has gone from being a negative epithet to a kind of laudatory epaulet in a generation. The seven steps are all about balance and, I suppose, would work equally well for giving a jock child a more complete upbringing. Though I clearly didn’t have that direct athletic experience while growing up, my son — who suggested an alternate heading for tip number three, “Mindmeld with your child. (Or use the Force, if you must.)” — easily could have.

Decide for yourself by reading “7 steps to raise a geek child” at GeekWire.

Updated March 30, 2012: On the GeekWire Radio podcast, I verbally share some of the tips with parents-of-younger-kids John Cook and Todd Bishop (who also happen to be the editors and founders of GeekWire).  Listen here.