Mothers – make sure your daughters grow up to be coders

What She Said airs on Sirius XM satellite radio daily at 10:00 a.m. on Channel 167.
What She Said airs on Sirius XM satellite radio daily at 10:00 a.m. on Channel 167.

My favourite radio show is What She Said which broadcasts daily from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Sirius XM satellite radio Channel 167. I’m not able to catch it every day but when I do, there’s always something worthwhile to listen to while I’m in the car running errands. Boomer gals would love it and their guests always stimulate my imagination. The other day Christine Bentley made a comment that resonated with me. During a discussion about the tech world and jobs for young people, she suggested everyone should learn how to write computer code and she was so bang-on I made a note to remind you, my readers, about it.

It’s never too early to learn coding.

When I was still in the business world, computer software was developing and growing (and still is) faster than the flab around our middles.  Corporate resources were limited and programmers were not only too busy all the time, but difficult to find in the freelance market. Many tweaks that are required to existing software are not complicated and if you have basic knowledge of code, it’s possible to make changes yourself. Unless you’re me. I’m not a linear thinker. Maths and sciences were curses during my high school years and I envied those individuals (like my friend Brenda) who “got it” and could easily breeze through the equations to the correct conclusion.

coder2 Perhaps if basic coding were taught in schools, more people, both boys and girls would be able to work with code and build a career around software development. Last August I wrote about the importance of this skill (click here for Both my Left and Right Brain say go for it). As Christine Bentley said, software developers are in short supply; they can work wherever they want in whatever industry they want; they can name their price (supply and demand); they will never have to worry about being unemployed. Even if you’re not a full-time developer, having the skills makes the tech world infinitely easier to navigate every single day of your personal and business life. I failed the challenge, got kicked off the island and now I’m drifting around on a rudderless raft. Make sure any young people you know do not make the same mistake. So, I’m saying it again. Raise your daughters and sons to be coders. The next Mark Zuckerberg, Candy Crush or Angry Bird developer could be someone you know and if you’re nice to them, maybe they’ll pay for your upgrade to a private room in “the home”. I’d call that a good investment.


Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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  1. Never too late, Lynda. It’s about logic, not about maths, and you are a very logical person. Start with the free Lightbot app. It’s fun!

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    1. You were born a generation or two too early.You would have killed them in today’s tech world. But then I would have missed out on a wonderful lifelong friend of 60-plus years!!!  Lynda Davis Follow my blog at: Social commentary on life from a Boomer Broad’s perspective e-mail: For further insights into the Boomer perspective on business, fashion, mind and body, order my new book, BOOMERBROADcast. It makes a great hostess, birthday or Christmas gift. Click on this link:  or

  2. Love this article! So much truth to it. There is so much $$ to be saved in even the small office if one can merely update one’s website using the new tools that are there but having a basic knowledge of the code needed. I may have the linear brain but I have had to surround myself with the creative right brainers all of my life to achieve balance! It was a chore to meet my creative students needs in a linear education system but having a son who was completely in both worlds really helped – he is one of a kind a right/left brained accountant! It has certainly gotten him ahead in life – we just can’t figure out where the right brain came from – must have been his farmer dad who knew how to make anything work!

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