Geek Parenting: Level Expert

For the last four years, I have had one very specific goal: make my daughter the most fantastic, geekiest kid possible. From a Beatles themed nursery and daily “good music” lessons (no kids CDs allowed unless They Might Be Giants released them) to frequent Dr. Who marathons, I’m a mom on a mission.

So what’s on our geek curriculum this week? I’m glad you asked!

Movies- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (original live action), Super Mario Bros. (also original live action), The Wizard of Oz, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (or anything Audrey Hepburn), Star Wars, Star Trek, and the good Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks movies.

TV- Anything from 90s Nickelodeon, The Avengers cartoon, Spiderman, Doctor Who, select episodes of the Big Bang Theory, occasional MarioKart instruction, Hello Kitty PS3 game.

Books- Everything and anything she can get her hands on. Reading is a #1 priority in our house. Also, frequent trips to Downtown Comics to pick out age-appropriate comic books.

Toys- blocks, dress up (because being girly and looking pretty is fun), her Merida bow, cars, LEGOs, basically anything that doesn’t have an on/off switch. There is no such thing as a boy toy or a girl toy- Thor and Capt America costumes have been her most recent request.

People tell me that I’m setting her up to be bullied, to not have friends, blah blah blah. Personally, I think that’s ridiculous. Being an intelligent woman who can hold her own in a Filene’s Basement sale and a comic book debate not only makes a more well-rounded person, but just a more fun person to be around. While the age of mean girls will never end, the geek era is upon us. Being unabashedly enthusiastic about things we love is a geek right and, personally, I never want my daughter to grow up feeling like she has to hide who she is. Yes she will face adversity- we all do. Would I stop it if I could? Of course! But we don’t live in a world full of unicorns and cotton candy trees (unless it’s princess dress up time and then we do!). I believe it is better to equip her with a passion for life so deep, no one will be able to take that from her. Plus being a geek is just so much fun, and that’s what life is about!

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