Here’s why you should revel in raising a nerdy kid.
We all worry about our kids.
Regardless of how they’re growing up, we will identify a hundred and one things that could go wrong.
When you’re raising a little nerd, those concerns can go into overdrive.
Geek is chic right now, but a lot of us have hard memories of what it meant to have that label in school.
Whether we had it ourselves or saw it in our siblings and friends.
But it’s not something to shy away from and fear.
It’s something to grow and nurture.
The passion and curiosity that goes into being a nerdy kid can be harnessed to the end of so much happiness and good.
So here’s how you do it.
Help them be confident in themselves
Introverted kids often have a tougher time of it socially as they grow.
They also have a tougher time of it emotionally.
A lot of that comes from having not enough confidence in themselves.
But you can help in that.
Make sure you teach your kid they are enough.
Don’t start putting labels on them.
Get to know their interests
Part of helping them feel that confidence is by helping them feel validated in their hobbies.
As a society, we give a lot more praise to those who chase hobbies like sports.
Those are easy to understand.
With your kids, you need to invest yourself in their interests even if you don’t have them.
Acknowledge it by getting them nerdy gifts they’ll love.
Whether it’s a knight’s outfit for Halloween or a Doctor Who onesie to wear around the house.
Stimulate their curiosity
Being a nerdy kid means having drive, curiosity, and focus.
Those are excellent attributes. But you can help them by stimulating that curiosity beyond just one hobby.
Try new things with your kid.
If they love art and comics, help them try their hand at drawing.
If they like stories and narratives, read with them. If they’re inherently curious, do DIY science experiments with them.
Invest in their interests and see them grow further than they might have believed they could have.
Be aware of the difficulties they might face
Of course, there will be just as many people out there in the world looking to drag them down.
You have to understand the difficulties they might face, particularly in school.
Be proactive in looking for signs of bullying, most importantly.
Girls have it different from boys
If you’re raising a girl geek, she’s going to face challenges that are unique even from boy geeks.
In a lot of cases, they can be doubly ostracized.
But you can help her make friends with those in her interest groups.
If she likes trading card games, take her to tournaments and gatherings and encourage her to take part.
Teach her that girls can be just as enthusiastic and brilliant as boys by helping her find role models.
There are women authors, comic book creators, scientists, artists and more for her to get obsessed with. It will do a lot to help her self-image as she grows.
Most parents of a nerdy kid will quietly think to themselves of the sheer potential their child has.
Be proud of who they are now and help them blossom into the awesome geek adults they’re meant to be.