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Delight and Imagination at the Newly Reopened Minnesota Children’s Museum

Under a stormy sky, the wind gusted as my son and I hurried through the streets of downtown Saint Paul, hoping to get inside before the rain began to fall. It was around 8:50 a.m. on Sunday, June 11th, and the Minnesota Children’s Museum had been reopened for exactly three days. We were excited to experience the magic. Though it was still 10 minutes to opening, families crowded into the foyer of the museum, patiently (and, in the case...

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...

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...

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...

Mourning for the Saturday TV Matinee

My daughter doesn’t really like to watch live-action movies. This is a problem, clearly. If she won’t watch live-action movies, how do I get her to sit down and watch Harry Potter, or The Adventures of Robin Hood, or the absolute necessity of Star Wars? Don’t get me wrong. We’ve had some successes.  She loves The Wizard of Oz, Superman: The Movie, and the Night at the Museum movies. (Plus many many more!) But these days it’s a struggle to get her to...

Our Pink Purgatory

Back in my unfettered pre-parental state, we used to visit with friends who had two daughters. These daughters had been thoroughly indoctrinated into Princess Culture, and it gave grown-up, feminist me the shudders. (Delightful children, and their parents were bemused by the princessing of their house as well.) I vowed that should I ever have a daughter, there was no way I would let this sort of thing into our house. Hubris, in all its Hellenic glory, was just...
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