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Bringing Up Geeks: How to Protect Your Kid's Childhood in a Grow-Up-Too-Fast World

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    I loved this book!

    I had often commented to my husband that what I really wanted for my son was for him to be a geek. I wanted for him to be different but confident. Consequently, this book naturally caught my eye. It has helped me focus on the big picture. (What character traits do I want to develop in my child? How do I raise a child in a materialistic society?) With humor and grace, Marybeth Hicks had me laughing out loud at the troubles of parenting today. Disregard the title, this book is about ¿really cool¿ kids, kids that are confident to be themselves!

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  • Posted February 20, 2011


    i luv it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    I bought another copy for my geek friend after finishing the first chapter!!!!

    I picked this title up because I was a geek in high school (proudly, I must add), and can only hope the same for my girls. This book is not about making your child a social outcast. It's about empowering yourself and your children to not give in to the "everyone's doing it" mentality. My six-year old is the only girl in her first grade class who hasn't seen High School Musical or Hannah Montana. Go geeks!!
    This book will give you the confidence, encouragement and reassurance that you're not alone in wanting your children to remain children, while helping them grow into confident successful young adults. The fact that the author has four children of her own makes this especially meaningful.

    I can't say enough about this book. Every other parenting book I've read is about discipline, rewards/punishments, self-esteem etc. This book is about empowerment of yourself as a parent and your children as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2008

    Step Out from the Culture of Cool Box

    Thanks to Marybeth Hick's 'Bringing Up Geeks', 'the culture of cool' and 'GEEK' are my new buzz words! 'The culture of cool' refers to what I think is this (and some older) generation's greatest Achilles Heel, the need to be cool (and the unhealthy habits and mindsets that this need entails). And the best way to avoid this weakness of needing to be cool is to be a 'GEEK' (Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kid). 'Bringing Up Geeks' is a needed and unique book, one that is easy and fun to read, and one that I hope turns into a movement (think on-campus GEEK clubs). If you do not want your kids (or future kids) to be glued to their computers and IPODS and cell phones, dominated by their peers, judging others on their clothing and technological possessions, and unable to carry on conversations and interact in healthy manners, then this book is for you. Or, if you already raise your kids as GEEKS but would appreciate referring others to a book that explains why you do what you do, then this book is for you. Or, if you've ever thought that cool kids are putting on an act and look quite lame (to those who have taken the Matrix's red pill), then this book is for you. As grade after grade enters adulthood with all their dysfunctional and unsocialized habits (technological, social, entertainment, etc.), our world, sadly, accommodates bit by bit. Anyone outside of that world (geeks, cool peers on the fence about 'cooldom', and reformed cool kids) can make a difference by bucking conformity and the culture of cool. And 'Bringing Up Geeks' will set them on a healthy path. I hope that Marybeth Hicks writes another book soon that addresses the culture of cool more deeply and demonstrates to older folks the differences between their generations' idea of cool and the more recent generations' culture of cool. Two very different beasts and worth differentiating. Until then we must be satisfied with 'Bringing Up Geeks', and I am. Buy the book, at the very least just to make a statement. Thank you Marybeth Hicks for giving GEEKS a voice!

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