Once upon a time I was a geek. I chatted on a Bulletin Board called the Granola Board. I played AD&D on a weekly basis with a great bunch of friends, many of whom I still have contact with. Computers, Gaming, Comic Books, SCA. Yep, Geek.
Now I have children going down the same path. Video games, Magic- The Gathering, Munchkin. You would think I would be happy about this, right? Intelligent children finding similar interests to their parents. I am torn, though. A lot of the activities were attractive because a lonely girl found people that accepted her for who she was. These were not exactly healthy relationships, although some were.
I worry. I encourage my children to develop their individuality, but at the same time I worry that they are too individual. Creativity is good. Numbing the mind with gaming, bad. Escapism has its place, but where is the line?
I cannot control my children. I can only guide them. I try to lead by example, but I worry about that example. I am a parent. I want my children to be happy, healthy, and independent. We have challenges to all three of those things already wired in our family. Is my children turning to the geek side inevitable?
Konal obsesses on things. I already see him going there with the Magic cards. How can I nurture this side of him while helping him maintain a balance?
I will not ultimately have control over this. I am fooling myself if I think I do now. I am facilitating and guiding my children. So why do I feel such pressure to "get it right?"
I guess I just have to trust my instincts.
March for PROGRESS
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