Am I Nurturing a Nerd?
Sometimes I wonder if I am leading my sons towards the Geek path. Being the child of 2 card carrying Geeks they may have a genetic predisposition anyway.
I became a geek all on my own, my parents weren’t geeks and didn’t push anything on me and just allowed me to pursue whatever interested me. In my children’s case, both parents are geeks so they have been exposed to it since birth. They both know the ways of the force, that the answer to life and everything is 42, that time is wibbly wobbly, etc. They are developing their own fandom preferences and get excited about their unique geeky preferences.
We don’t push it on them but they have taken to it, specially Star Wars, Doctor Who, Marvel and Lego. So while many kids are in soccer and baseball, my son is in Lego Robotics. We are not against sports if they asked for it. We originally looked into soccer for them but the combination of incompatible schedules, limited access to transportation and the fact that neither I nor my kids like to be outside in the heat led to us to never signing them up. They took Kung Fu classes for a while (indoor and air conditioned, yay!) and they loved it but it didn’t work for long, the Sensei’s fault not my kids. I am still interested in finding another martial arts program for them but once again, transportation and schedule obstacles.
Being realistic, I don’t think that my first born will ever be a jock. His hand eye coordination is practically non existent but he has excellent engineering skills to make up for it. He is very STEM inclined preferring coding and robotics to any physical activity. He also seems to have inherited my husband’s gaming tendencies.
My youngest has quite the throwing arm and is more physically inclined, he REALLY loved the Kung Fu classes but he hates being outdoors when it’s hot so many sports are ruled out as a result. He is developing a love for comic books and geek shows such as Doctor Who and The Flash.
I don’t stress about it, I just chuckle when I think about our routines and family activities as we recently celebrated Star Wars day, got our free comics at Free Comic Book Day and are looking forward to attending Comic Cons and the Star Wars Celebration next year.
Time will tell, but I think we are right on track for some well rounded geeks 😉
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