Once in a while, the secret behind a success story comes down to good old-fashioned parenting skills.
In a recent radio interview, Dr. Edward Zuckerberg, a dentist and father to Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, stated:
“Probably the best thing I can say is something that my wife and I have always believed in,” he said. “Rather than impose upon your kids or try and steer their lives in a certain direction, to recognize what their strengths are and support their strengths and support the development of the things they’re passionate about.”
Dr. Zuckerberg also emphasized that, even though he was not a computer expert, he loved gadgets and high-tech toys and was constantly surrounded by the latest advancement in technology.
He also described Mark as:
“a good student” with “a special affinity for math and sciences,” as well as a “very quiet guy” who “doesn’t like to boast about his accomplishments.”
He also said that:
When Mark was named Time magazine’s person of the year, his famous son remarked that “it must have been a really slow year. He’s very humble.”
I smiled when I read this article. I am a senior geek – you know, over 60 yet loving every minute of this exciting technological era. My two-year-old granddaughter was introduced to YouTube.Com by yours truly and www.com was one of the first phrases in her vocabulary.
Now, at the tender age of 5, she can press buttons and navigate menus like a little pro and, what she doesn’t understand, she learns in one quick explanation.
And, I have already started training my 16-month-old grandson. The smile on his face when he masters a simple picture swipe on my IPhone or presses the record or play button on my Flip Camera is priceless.
But balance is key here. Both my grandchildren are active and thriving. My granddaughter plays hockey, dances, swims and, I know that her brother will follow in her footsteps. My newest grandchild, a boy, will have to wait a few months to be technologically christened by Nonni. Until then, it’s lullabies and hugs!
Congratulations to Mark Zuckerberg and to his parents for showing the rest of the world how it’s done!