Should You Advise Your Outsider to Try to Fit In?

Should You Advise Your Outsider to Try to Fit In?

What advice should you give your outsider, if he isn’t happy with his role? Do you double down on your pro-geek stance, and counsel him to be proud of his distinctive personality and interests? Or do you melt at his desire to fit in and suggest ways he can act differently in the hope that those cool kids will accept him? Read More

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Raising a Sensitive Boy

When you have a sensitive boy in your family, you may feel torn between wanting to protect him from those pressures, and wanting to help him build a thicker skin. There’s a fine line, however, between strengthening his resiliency, and making him feel as though he’s not good enough the way he is Read More

When Your Kid Creates Fantasy Worlds, Pay Attention

When Your Kid Creates Fantasy Worlds, Pay Attention

Specifically, it appears that children who create elaborate pretend worlds tend to grow up to contribute significantly to the world in unusually creative ways. Whether these contributions are ground-breaking literary masterpieces, or innovative technological advances, or pioneering reorganizations of traditional social conventions, research indicates that creative success can be predicted by this innocuous childhood activity. Read More

Clever Entrepreneurs Create Havens for Creative Geeks & Gamers

Clever Entrepreneurs Create Havens for Creative Geeks & Gamers

While the internet offers opportunities to connect remotely with empathetic fans of games of all sorts, a growing group of shrewd entrepreneurs has begun to launch wildly popular brick-and-mortar establishments where nerds of all stripes can gather to hang out in person with their tribes and let their creative impulses soar. Read More