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.

3 Organizations Sending Kids to Space Camp

Many of us have at one point stared up at the night sky, viewing billions of stars and wondering what could possibly be out there. Children in particular have a vast imagination that allows them to consider and want to explore those possibilities and to dream of a day when they might touch the stars. So many of us wanted to be astronauts when we grew up, and now that most of us have grown up and moved into...

Cat Crimes Is a Great Combination of Cats and Logic

Personally, I think logic is a fairly vital skill for kids to learn. Even going beyond the obvious uses of logic in programming and other computer-related disciplines, a strong sense of logic helps in figuring out day-to-day problems. The trouble is that sometimes logic exercises can be presented in fairly dry or unrelatable situations. Pencil-and-paper exercises are fun for travel, but they can be daunting for anyone still learning how to order their thoughts. This is where Cat Crimes,...

Questing for Experience in the MMORPG of Life

We started the summer with a simple plan—give our daughter the chance to try new things, while still giving me the chance to keep my various balls up in the air. In theory, it seemed simple. With the exception of a couple weeks, the kiddo would be occupied in various day camps, giving me the vast majority of the day to focus on various freelance opportunities. In reality, though, that theory could be best summed up with maniacal laughter...

In 2018, Why Are There Still Boys’ and Girls’ Toys?

Hey, various fast food-places that serve their kids’ food with a toy: can we stop calling them “boy” and “girl” toys already? The other day I took my tiny geek to grab a quick lunch from the Subway in Ridgedale mall. When the cashier was assembling my daughter’s meal, an apology was included. “I’m sorry, we only have boys’ toys,” the cashier said, placing a ham sandwich into the bag apparently not meant for someone who doesn’t identify as...

A Minnesota-Created Book Series Uses DC Superheroes to Teach Character Lessons

As a parent trying to ensure my child has an understanding of how her actions affect the world around her, it’s always helpful to have examples to make an abstract concept more concrete. If those examples can include things she finds relevant or interesting, then it’s even better. Fortunately, Minnesota publisher Capstone has recently released a series of books aimed at young children that use DC Comics characters to illustrate positive character traits. The books are wonderfully illustrated by...

Minicon Proves There’s Life after Bloomington

Minicon 53, which was held March 30 through April 1, 2018, was especially notable in two ways. First, it was the 50th anniversary of the first convention (there were two in 1971 and two in 1974, which is why we’re on convention 53). And second, it saw the convention leave the DoubleTree Bloomington, otherwise known as the Radishtree for its past as a Radisson and a Sheraton, for the DoubleTree Park Place in St. Louis Park. The guests of...

How the Simple Magic of Photography Lets Me See the World through My Daughter’s Eyes

I hadn’t thought that my daughter might be interested in making her own vacation memories until we took a trip to Disney World. As we moved from place to place in the parks, she kept asking if she could take pictures with my camera. Since she was four at the time, I was hesitant to trust her for an extended period of time, but did allow her some occasional chances to take a picture or two. Looking back at...

American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year Shoots for the Stars

American Girl, the brand known for bringing history-based 18-inch dolls to bunches of kids over the past 30 years, has been releasing a special Girl of the Year each year for the past decade or so. Each of these characters generally has a specific interest, such as baking or dance. Over the course of two to three books (it varies from year to year), her story related to that interest evolves, and she overcomes various challenges along the way....

The Movie Ratings Parents Really Need

As the parent of a kindergarten-aged geekling, I’m having to learn how to navigate the minefield of pop culture that is the PG-13 movie. If either my spouse or I have a chance to see it before we show it to our daughter, that’s great! We can go into the experience knowing what to expect and which parts might have the potential to be a little scary. What’s really tricky, though, is when we’d like to see the movie...

Help Your Kid Get Through Time Apart with Good Old-Fashioned Letter Writing

Recently, my spouse and I were away from home, and from our kindergarten-aged daughter, for nearly two weeks—the longest we’d ever been separated. Even though she was excited about the idea of spending two weeks with her grandmother, I had a feeling that the reality of Mommy and Daddy not being there would sink in after a few days of us being gone. I wanted our absence to be bearable, so I had to have a plan. I wanted...
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