So you’re a geek – great! Me, too. But now that you have a kidlet or four, you might be wondering if geekery falls by the wayside. Thankfully, the answer is no. You can bring your spawn to cons (many have a designated day where kids are allowed), introduce them to the wonders of Doctor Who or Star Wars, and train them early in the intricacies of Marvel vs DC.
Here are some geektastic books – for both you and the minis – to enjoy.
Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach us About Raising a Family by Stephen Segal and Valya Dudycz Lupescu
This is a great introduction to geeky parenting. It’s filled with mini-essays that illustrate parenting truths, as shown by parent/guardian-child relationships in classic geek tales. I mean, Diana-Hippolyta, Bruce Wayne-Alfred, Dorothy-Auntie Em…these will provide much-needed comic relief, while also reminding you of the time-honored truths about raising small people.
Quantum Physics for Babies (Baby University) by Chris Ferrie
Everyone laughed when I bought this book for my son, but it’s one of the books he consistently reaches for and “reads,” and when he’s upset, this is one of two books that instantly redirects him and puts him in a better mood. We also have the Rocket Science book, but he doesn’t like that one as much as this one for some reason.
I admit – I bought this before my son was even born, and highlighted and annotated it like crazy. While it won’t help you raise the next Little Man Tate, it does provide excellent information about how to nurture a child’s maturing brain, and ways to help encourage language formation, reading appreciation, connection and attachment, and almost every developmental milestone.
Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood by Sandra Steingraber
I read this when I was pregnant and really enjoyed it. She mixes her knowledge of science and anatomy with her personal experience, and as someone who loves geeking out about science, this was perfect. I only wish she wrote one about her experience with parenting.
This is a fun book that has “experiments” based on scientific studies of baby and child development. Clearly, it’s not meant to be taken too seriously, but any scientifically-minded parent will be amused by the activities you can do with the “test subject.”