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

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Penguin, Jul 1, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 336 pages
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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.

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3.5 STARS The book was a decent read...mostly because it was a big pat on the back. Many ideas that we are already using and a couple good ways to extend our current parenting ideals through to high ... Read full review

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Summary: My favorite cartoon has a bunch of white sheep following each other right off of a cliff. In the crowd is one black sheep going the opposite direction happily saying "excuse me, pardon me ... Read full review


Whos Cool at School?
The Geek Alternative to the Culture of Cool
Cool and Uncool Parents
Geeks and Parental Authority
Whats Really Cool Anyway?
What It Means to Be a Brainiac
Brainiacs and the Geek Lifestyle
How to Help Your Child Become a Brainiac
The Long Ride Home
Tips to Help Your Geekalete Become a Winner
Friendship in the Culture of Cool
Geek Friends Forever
How to Raise a True Friend
Geeks in a Gaggle
Uncool Answers
Tips to Help Foster Geek Friendships

Uncool Answers
Tips to Turn Your Child into a Brainiac
A Tough Task?
Incentives for Geek Media Standards
How to Build Your Geek Media Shelter
Happily Sheltered and Uncool
Uncool Answers
Tips to Shelter Your Growing Geek
Geeks Dare to Be Different
Theres More to Life Than Going to the Mall
How to Teach Values and Spend Time the Geeky Way
Uncommon SelfConfidence
Uncool Answers
Tips That Dare to Be Different
Rude Is the New Normal
Why Manners Matter to Geeks and Should Matter to Everyone
Geek Manners and Etiquette 101
Everyone Grows Up Eventually
Tips to Impress Adults
Grow Up Already
Late Blooming
How to Help Your Child to Blossom Naturally
Innocence and Ignorance Are Not the Same
Uncool Answers
What It Takes to Be a Winner
How the Culture Corrupts Youth Sports
How to Raise a Geekalete
Frenzied Family Life
A Geeky Home Sweet Home
At Our House
The Family Thats Geeky Together
Tips for Geektime at Home
Principles of Popularity
A Geeky Code of Moral Excellence
How to Raise a Principled Geek
Principles in Action
Uncool Answers
Tips for Geeky Moral Development
Spiritual Yearnings
Geeks Before God
Finding Faith in All Things Geeky
Uncool Answers
Tips for a Geeky Faith Life
Your Uniquely Geeky Family
Happily Uncool Ever After
Rule 2Raise a Sheltered Kid
Rule 3Raise an Uncommon Kid
Rule 4Raise a Kid Adults Like
Rule 6Raise a Team Player
Rule 7Raise a True Friend
Rule 10Raise a Faithful Kid

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About the author (2008)

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

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