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 Graphic Novels Celebrating Geeky Interests to Enjoy with Your Geekling

The end of the school year is almost upon us, and it’s been fun looking back and seeing how my geekling has grown since Labor Day. One of the ways she’s really bloomed this year is in her reading skills, and she’s a much more fluent and adventurous reader than she was in September. As a parent, this has made me about as excited as I was for that one moment with that one character on Game of Thrones...

We Need to Talk About Your Kid’s Book Diet

Have you thought about your kid’s diet recently? Not their eating diet, though a balanced one is equally as important, but their reading diet. What are they reading, or, more specifically, who are they reading about? Who are the protagonists on their bookshelves? Take a look at their shelves, and look at their books that feature a human (or a humanoid). How many of those main characters resemble your child? Chances are that a fair amount do, especially if...

When You Share Experiences with a Kid, You Remember How Awesome the World Can Be

My seven-year-old daughter normally comes home from school very excited about the goings-on of each particular day (and, at this point in her life, excited is one of her default states). But one day last month, the timbre of excitement was slightly different. “Mom!” she said. “There’s going to be an eclipse on January 20th! We need to see it!” “Oh,” I replied. “We’ll see how it works out.” (Translation from parent-speak: “That sounds interesting, but there are a...

Kid-Friendly Minnesota Conventions for Your Geekling in 2019

If you have some young geeklings around, you may have considered finding a convention to attend as a family. Here’s the good news: the vast majority of the sci-fi, anime, and pop-culture cons in the Twin Cities welcome families, offering discounted and/or free admission for younger attendees and marking panels meant only for older audiences to prevent sudden surprises. However, just because a convention touts itself as being family friendly and offers a lower rate for kids doesn’t always...

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...
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