No child of mine will leave my house without having learned the gentle art of Hacking! Started just this week with my 15 year old daughter. I got her a copy of the Head First Programming. By the way, this series cannot possibly be over-hyped. It is far and away the best series of technical books there is, and I buy anything they produce, because the read is fun! I even got Head First Algebra and Statistics!
The book is a gentle intro to Python for newbies. I'm far from being a Pythonista, as everyone here already knows. TheHackerCIO hacks Java. And a little Clojure. But Python seems cool. Might be even better than Java. I find my heart strangely warmed by philosophies such as "One right way to do anything." I'm a little unsure about the meaningful whitespace, but I definitely want to learn a bit more Python.
And what better way than to do so with your loved-ones? That way you can share the Joy of Hacking with the whole Family. Coding is a life-skill. You can construct cool programs for the rest of your life to make your life better and further your values.
So, chapter 1 it is. I'm sure further reports may hit my blogosphere! The Family that Hacks together, Stays together. Strengthen Your own family: get them hacking!