During the holiday break, my daughter asked if we could take a Daddy/Daughter Date and just stay home and program the computer.
Stay home rather than go someplace fun? [Father scratches head in disbelief.]
Did send her the wrong messages and learnings?
1. She finds programming intriguing. It’s a pattern matching and problem solving game to her. She went all the way through the online tutorials on HTML and CSS… ON HER OWN.
2. She is incredibly creative and incredibly analytical. In programming, she puts both of those skills to work and gets to see immediate results.
3. She knows that Daddy spends tons of time building and refining software and websites. She sees programming as a way to connect with me.
An afternoon geek fest and some amazing Daddy/Daughter quality time.
I never imagined teaching my children to code, but this is totally cool.
I started coding when I was her age. I’ve spent tens of thousands of hours in front of computer screens since then. Most people will never know or care about the systems that I’ve created… and that’s OK.
For the fact that she wants to enter my tech geek world — even if just for a few moments — makes those hours worthwhile. It reminds me how we constantly model life and business to our children. The hours she and I are spending together are not only for today, but for a lifetime. It makes me proud to be a dad.