I am not sure if I ever regonised myself as a nerd while I was growing up. I know I was a tomboy but no-one seem to have a problem with that least of all my parents.
My mother was proud that I read encyclopedias, and in a house of bookworms it wasn't considered unusual. We generally got whatever books we asked for no matter what the genre.
Even my interest in sci-fi wasn't looked down on. Back in the 60 and 70s there was only two TV stations in Hobart so we didn't have that much choice about what to watch and Dr Who, Batman. Star Trek, Land of the Giants, Time Tunnel, Batman, Voyage to the Bottom of the sea were watched by most of the chiildren and I never felt an outsider because I watched those shows.