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A breakthrough parenting book that redefines the meaning of 'geek''and inspires parents to free themselves and their kids from the 'culture of cool.?
In a world of superficial values, peer pressure, and out-of-control consumerism, the world needs more GEEKs: Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids. Today's 'culture of cool' has changed the way kids grow up. Rather than enjoying innocent childhoods while developing strong, authentic characters, today's kids can become cynical-even jaded-as they absorb the dangerous messages and harmful influences of a dominant popular culture that encourages materialism, high-risk behaviors, and a state of pseudo-adulthood.
Author and mother of four Marybeth Hicks suggests an alternative: bringing up geeks. In this groundbreaking book, she shows parents how they can help their children gain the enthusiasm to pursue their passions, not just the latest fashions; the confidence to resist peer pressure and destructive behaviors; the love of learning that helps them excel at school and in life; and the maturity to value family as well as friends, as well as make good moral decisions.
With a foundation like that, kids will grow up to be the coolest adults.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Marybeth Hicks is the weekly family columnist for The Washington Times. Her first book was The Perfect World Inside My Minivan: One Mom’s Journey Through the Streets of Suburbia. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and four children. Visit her at www.marybethhicks.com.
Table of Contents
Foreword Kimberly M. Thompson xvii
Introduction: So What If We're Geeks 1
Raise a Brainiac 25
Raise a Sheltered Kid 59
Raise an Uncommon Kid 89
Raise a Kid Adults Like 119
Raise a Late Bloomer 147
Raise a Team Player 179
Raise a True Friend 207
Raise a Homebody 233
Raise a Principled Kid 253
Raise a Faithful Kid 275
Conclusion: Happily Uncool Ever After 297
What People are Saying About This
"Marybeth Hicks writes with a keen eye and a mother's loving heart in this hilarious guide to raising a child you can actually take out in public without cringing. Brava to Marybeth and her original and comedic voice."--(Adriana Trigiani, New York Times Best-selling author)
"Every so often a book comes along that I tell my friends they absolutely must read . . . Read this book, declare your status as a geek supporter or geek parent, and create a better life for your family . . . This is the time for us to take back our children's childhoods, and in doing so to claim our role as strong, protective parents."--(Dr. Kimberly M. Thompson, Associate Professor and Director of the Kids Risk Project Harvard School of Public Health)
"Today's popular culture is robbing from an entire generation of children their most treasured possession - the sweet innocence of youth. Bringing up Geeks is a breath of fresh air, and we owe Marybeth Hicks a debt of gratitude. It's required reading for any parent struggling to raise a child in a society that's lost its moral compass."--(L. Brent Bozell, President, Media Research Center and founder of the Parents Television Council)
"In an era when children are being systematically robbed of their childhood, Marybeth Hicks offers sound advice on how to let kids be kids and still grow up to be fulfilled, responsible, well-rounded adults. Bringing Up Geeks makes more sense than anything I've ever read on the subject of raising children."--(Pat Sajak, Father, husband and host of "Wheel of Fortune")
"Let's cut to the chase: Every parent in America should own and read this book. Parents who don't will be at a huge disadvantage, because it brilliantly helps them understand and deal effectively and wisely with raising a child in our culture today. That's the most important and difficult job there is -- and this book is simply an ENORMOUS help. It could have just been titled THE PARENT'S HANDBOOK. Do yourself and your kids a big favor: get this book and USE it! You'll be thanking the author for many years to come."--(Eric Metaxas, VeggieTales writer and author Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask).
"Marybeth Hicks reminds us that it is more important to be our children's parents than it is to be their friends. Her book is a go-to guide when it's time to set limits on how much and what our children are exposed to in this world of celebrity, mass media and affluence."--(Chris Hansen, Dateline NBC Correspondent, and author, To Catch a Predator: Protecting Your Kids from Online Enemies Already in Your Home)