Parenting Geeky

Never has there been a more exciting time to grow up in geek culture! Parenting Geeky explores the everyday challenges, opportunities, and uniquely geek moments that come with raising the next generation, helping them grow into who they want to be.

Should I Bring My Child to a Convention?

Kids can have a great time at conventions, or they can be so miserable that the result makes a Ringwraith tea party look great by comparison. And even if your kid does have a great time, managing them may completely suck the joy out of your convention experience to the point you’re questioning why you even brought them. Or, perhaps you’ve been wondering why you didn’t take your kid to a convention earlier, since you’re finding them to be...

Twisty, Turny Board Games to Play with Your Tiny Geek

Geeks of all sizes tend to enjoy games, but the trick is finding games that everyone can play together and enjoy. Many games aimed at children consist of rolling a die (or flicking a spinner) and moving, which can get pretty old before too long. Why not look for games with mechanics simple enough for the younger geeklings to grasp, but still allow for a bit of choice in what the player does each time? Last time, I focused...

Read Your Child All the World’s Potential

Sometimes, the world is a worrisome place. It can seem that all that is good in the world is outweighed by a threatening thunderstorm of bad, making me wonder what my child would learn from it all. Then, I remember how, at a convention in the recent past, my tiny Jedi used her lightsaber to help a similarly aged friend find the courage to walk past a rather intimidating Dalek. In other words, let me paraphrase the advice given by...

Geeky Parents to Be: DYI Mario Chain Chomp Halloween Costume

All Hallows’ Eve can be a time of year for couples to go out, have a good time, and dress up as a pair: salt and pepper shakers, the Joker and Harley Quinn, and Ken and Barbie are just a few possibilities. As easy as those ideas sound (who am I kidding they are not that easy), coming up with a geeky, comfortable costume idea to share with my pregnant wife this year was not proving so easy. I needed a...

Reliving the Magic: The Joy of Reading Harry Potter to My Daughter

I’ll confess: we’re a Santa household. There’s a special time in life when magic is more possible than at other ages, and since our daughter is right in that period, my husband and I are perfectly happy to help the magic exist. That is why, speaking of magic, “Santa” brought her the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone last year. Confession number two: I was the one who slipped the book into Santa’s sack. One of...

Letting Geek, Letting Go: How I Learned to Let My Son Be His Own Geek

  For a period of time around 2008, I helped lead a Girl Scout troop in St. Paul. At the time, the Girl Scouts of America had a slogan: “Letting Girls, Letting Go.” It was about empowering girls to be leaders, make their own decisions, and letting go of control. I find that in recent weeks, it’s particularly applicable to my own life. My son turns three next week. Since he was born, his father and I have done...

Beyond Candy Land: Two Great Games to Play with Your Tiny Geek

Candy Land is an enduring game. My daughter has a copy, I had a copy when I was her age, and if neither of my parents had a copy as children, I’m sure they knew someone who did. It’s not hard to see why the game has stuck around for generations, since it has pretty much anything you can ask for in a game focused at the under-six set. It’s easy to play (draw a card/spin the spinner, move...

Reproductive Justice Is a Geek Thing, Too

Participating in local geek spaces (like gaming groups and book clubs) requires a time commitment and very often it requires money. As one lone person, this can be difficult. A person with children faces even more hurdles. Will the convention be child friendly? Can I find child care during or at the convention? Can I afford childcare so I can participate in local geek groups and events? Can I afford to feed myself, my child, and still participate in...

10 Cool STEM Toys to Engage Young Minds

The holidays are here. People running to and fro, looking for the ultimate gift for the kids. Some people will come away with video games, and others with socks and underwear. Whether you celebrate a holiday or not, getting just the right gift for a kid can be tricky. Some of the best gifts can be those that engage a child’s mind. To do that, I’d like to recommend STEM toys. What is STEM? STEM is an acronym that...

Autism Awareness Month 2015 in the Twin Cities

April is Autism Awareness Month and throughout the month I hope that you hear about and have the opportunity to participate in the many events scheduled to raise awareness and appreciation for all persons living with autism. Locally, the State of Minnesota and City of Saint Paul have both issued proclamations confirming their support for Autism Awareness Month. It’s wonderful to see this support in action, as Autism Minnesota and its members have been diligently working to the Minnesota Legislature regarding...
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