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Parental Nagging to be Geeky?

In my gallant quest of wanting the kids to be prepared for modern day living, guess what I'm baiting them to do now?

CSS literacy? (and later, the nastier brothers and sisters of html ek2 and the like. for now, this should do....)

Never, in my wildest dreams, have I ever put this in my looong mental to-do-slash-to-teach-slash-to-encourage my children to do.

Groan... doesn't the torture ever end? For me and them.

Well, I noticed how many young people are easily/ peanutly/ chickenfeedly doing templates and skins for blogger, wordpress, multiply, friendster, and other social networking thingys. With no effort at all. Better that the boys learn now, while their gut feels are damn gewd.

As parents, we have to accept that these thingys on the net are part of daily life... and we have to accept it is part of what makes our children complete. Knowledge about it then, methinks, should be encouraged. The scarier part is that we parents should also know even a little about it. Ew. But we might get exiled to Jurassic Park if we don't.

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8 yo has been trying for the longest time to install a css code on his friendster layout. He wanted to put in Naruto, but the css stuff we copy-paste from other writers won't work.

He's not Naruto crazy now, but instead loves another anime series, the hilarious Yamato Nadeshiko the Wallflower. He wanted Yamato as a friendster layout.

So I told him, if it still doesn't work, make one.

And he said I don't know how...

I gave hime some basic orientation on how to customize his friendster skins. I just showed him how to do some things, that he should test it, etc etc, bla bla bla....

A little later he whooped, "Whoo! I got it!"

And true enough, the faces of Suniko, Kyohei, Takenaga, Yuki and Ranmaru greeted me from friendster.

Weird how, when we were 8, our parents marveled we can read...
8year olds these days are just.... freaks!


mrsbear said…
I definitely don't want to be one of those parents who claims ignorance to all the tech stuff, but I don't know how many more details I can fit in to my already crowded brain. Is it enough if I smile and nod? Good for your kids that you're up to speed, I'm sure that adds to your cool mom factor. ;-)
Casey said…
Holy crap dude, that's brilliant! You're setting your kids up to make some major cash one day by encouraging them to do what they love. You're so smart. Don't tell anyone I said that.
Really, it's part of the bigger dialogue:

"... it's 1 way of earning income even if you're under-age, ya know..."

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