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.

Target’s Science-Related Shirts for Girls Make My Geekling’s World

Dear Target: Thank you for including a wonderful range of science-related shirts in the girls’ department. This phrase runs through my mind whenever I peek into the girls’ clothing section during my weekly shopping trip. Seriously. Since Cat & Jack, Target’s new clothing line for kids, launched a little under a year ago, I’ve had way too much fun peeking through the various offerings to see what they could offer my little geekling. I’ve been happy with what I’ve...

Taking Your Little Geek to a Convention

So you’ve decided to bring your geekling to one of the area fandom conventions. Awesome! Even if you’re no stranger to the convention scene, the first time with a kid, no matter what their age, can be a bit daunting. First, don’t panic. You are a hoopy frood who knows where their towel is. Second, add some favorable modifiers to your “have a good time” roll by thinking about these tidbits of advice from the greatest of adventurers: other...

7 Lessons from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Share With Your Potential Slayer

I first saw Buffy the Vampire Slayer when it was nearing the end of its run. I was working at a camp, and one of my fellow counselors had brought a bunch of episodes she had recorded off her TV. I tore through what she had, then finally finished up the show by borrowing the DVD seasons from a friend (and ultimately buying them myself). The show struck a chord with me, and I wished I’d watched it when it...

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...
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