Explorium Seminar: Bringing Up a G.E.E.K.

Remember when the term “geek” used to be an insult? Not anymore!

Parenting author Marybeth Hicks has redefined the term “G.E.E.K.” to mean Genuine Enthusiastic Empowered Kids in her latest book “Bringing Up Geeks: How to Protect Your Kid’s Childhood in a Grow-Up-Too-Fast World.”

Kelly Abraham, Director of Youth and Families at First Presbyterian Church, will talk about Hicks’ parenting philosophy at The Explorium of Lexington’s

Parent Seminar Series on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Abraham, who works with kids in grades 6-12, has two children of her own ages 6 and 8.

She knows first-hand the effect a media-centered, consumer-oriented lifestyle can have on children.

“The commercials on TV are horrible,” she said. “‘Get this toy! Buy these clothes.’”

She limits her children to one hour of screen time (TV, video games, etc.) per day.

Abraham promotes the idea of teaching children to pursue their passions, not just the latest fashions.

Instilling self-confidence will help children resist peer pressure and destructive behaviors.

Abraham will talk about encouraging  in children the love of learning so that they will excel at school and in life.

All of these ideas combine to help children grow up to be confident, empowered non-conformists.

At the seminar on Thursday, Nov. 17, child care will be provided, and a light supper will be served for children of participating adults.

Call Allison Miller at 859-258-3253 ext 25 to reserve your child’s spot. Children can arrive as early as 6 p.m. The seminar runs from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.