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Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family

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From Batman to Charlie Bucket, from Meg Murry to the Venture Brothers, every hero of science fiction, heroic fantasy, or speculative literature is the product of parental influences. This collection of pithy mini essays and charming illustrations offers short, sweet, and deep thoughts about parenting as exemplified by the most memorable parent-child pairings: Vader and Luk ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Quirk Books
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Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an advanced copy I chose to read and review for the Wichita Public Library, where I am an Assistant Librarian. Geek Parenting initially grabbed my attention because it had “geek” in the title and it’s subtitle mentioned Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFly’s so, of course, I had to investigate. Sweeping declaration: I am not a parent. I’m also not a parent-to-be. The thought of having kids right now is met instantly with all of my no’s and curling up in a ball until the scary thoughts go aw ...more
Jeniece Goellner
A parenting book that is perfect for the nerd/geek/pop culture enthusiast. Great relevant topics that use your favorite fandoms as a base to teach you some lessons without being preachy. It just presents a situation, guides you through what your favorite show/movie/book can teach you about it, but ultimately lets you form your own opinion. And they are basically just short essays so you can read just a little at a time in order to fully think about everything you just read. The authors balanced ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lessons for all parents and children from classic Geek sources: Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, comic books, classic and current sci fi/fantasy books and movies, even Greek mythology. Whether you are a geek who is a parent or a parent of a geek, you will enjoy this book and recognize many important truths all families should know. Live long and prosper!
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great collection of essays. Parents, whether geek in nature or not, will be able to draw parenting lessons and tools from parent and child relationships found in geek culture. This book is thought provoking and allows the reader to be reflective.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christine by: Jeniece Goellner
I finally read this after a friend lent it to me months and months ago. Not so sure why I didn’t pick it up sooner because it was a fun yet thoughtful take on parenting. As much as I completely consider myself a nerd, I’m more book nerd and less versed in most pop culture to be honest. There were more essays about books, movies etc. that I am familiar with than I expected and most of the ones I was not familiar with were explained well enough that I could still follow along with the authors’ poi ...more
Mckinley Inglis
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Very cute! Basically 1-2 page reminders on how to be a good person, and live life as best you can. In my opinion, does not only apply to parenting, I'd say its something to read when you need to reset and put everything back into perspective. Plus, every little piece of advice comes with an accurately used geeky example that makes the reading of the book all the more fun. ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
For years I've joked that Harry Potter is my religion and Lord of the Rings is my High Church. All the great moral lessons-- the tricky human questions of goodness and badness, love and duty, honor and faith-- you can mine those from your beloved secular texts. The sweet podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is making a practice out of approaching the Harry Potter canon on the micro level to extract wisdom, insight, and blessings. All without the burden of "truth" or "belief." There is no suc ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love this! I was expecting long chapters and another "parenting" book but this appealed not only to the parent inside, but also the geek muddling her way through mom-ing. Using anecdotes from all my fandoms and twisting them into palatable morals that aren't too "after school special"-y.
Brilliantly done and something that will stay on my shelf for reference as my tiny human grows.
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
It has been a while since I've read a parenting book, but couldn't resist this one. It was an interesting combination to read various bits of advice about parenting merged in with elements from comic books, movies and novels. I had fun reminiscing while giving my parenting skills a bit of a check-up. ...more
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: y-non-fic
Soooo many geeky refrences. And while very basic parenting advice, it is more of a fun book to recognize how our favorite characters show us how we can be too.
Andrea Dillon
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love LOVE this. So funny.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-collection
In all the parenting books I got, this one seemed best suited to me: not super serious, quick and direct in advice, filled with fun allusions.

While there are several pieces to hold on to, enjoy, and remember. Most are targeted to parents of pre-teens rather than those of us holding infants as we read. The allusions are a bit more "' 'member when..." than insightful analysis. And the brevity helps get ideas out, even if it leaves confusion and under explained ideas in its wake.

All told I'll proba
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute 1-3 page parenting lessons from geeky books, movies, and TV shows. From Sherlock to Battlestar Galactica to Teen Wolf, there are examples of how our favorite characters navigate being parents and children. The lessons span all ages, from birth to the grown-and-flown. Fun to read, and easy to consume in short time periods between actual parenting!
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
I enjoyed reading this. A chapter a day is an excellent way to go about the messages. It takes time to internalize the messages. Also, this book provided several other series/books to watch and read. Highly recommended for anyone for the holidays that you suspect or know is a geek. I thoroughly appreciated it.
I need to buy a copy so that I can annotate it. So many amazing pop culture references used in a way that any Geek Parent can relate to. So many topics we've already been dealing with as parent and so many stages we are anticipating in the near future. I love the quick little sections that speak our language! ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
A quick, fun, quirky little 'parenting advice' book. Each example is 2 pages (sometimes 1) and picks a parent/child relationship from a different sci-fi, fantasy, superhero, or otherwise dorky/geeky/nerdy book/show/movie/game/etc, and gives some advice based on that relationship. ...more
Jericho Eames
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I learnt quite a bit from so many fictional characters. I never knew that there could be so much wisdom from pop culture and they managed to distill the essence of the lessons so well and I learnt many unseen lessons from pop culture.
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute, light hearted pop-culture book with parenting advice.
Kristi Bumpus
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
A short, entertaining read. Served mainly to remind me of things my kids might like when age-appropriate.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book, with lots of relevant references to pop culture parenting advice!
A fun concept. Lots of quick essays on parenting. Perfect to read in small bursts. There's some good advice in here and you'll likely end up with a list of shows to watch and books to read. ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was familiar with 90% of the references so there is a high probability my baby will be a geek already. It was a tongue in cheek kind of book, but the ideas were thought-provoking!
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Liked the themes/messages. Discovered I wasn't "geek" enough for some of the references. ...more
Yonasan  Aryeh
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Parenting is one of the greatest challenges known to humankind. Taking a small child and raising it to fend for itself in the world is the most frightening, and worthwhile, adventure one can take. I can say this from experience, being a father myself. I would not trade those years for anything in the world. Being a parent, however, does not exactly come with a manual. So what do most people do? They look to others. In today's society of pop culture entertainment, those role models aren't always ...more
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
The parenting advice in "Geek Parenting" is reduced to 1-2 page soundbites on how to raise your kids to be good people; the brevity left me wanting more, sometimes, though. There were many pop culture references that I didn't understand (maybe I'm not geek enough?).

But don't let that deter you from reading this. Despite all this, "Geek Parenting" is worth the read to remind you what to do when and to reinforce what you are probably already doing. I especially liked Stephen H. Segal's take on Ob
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-library
As both my husband and I are very nerdy/geeks, belonging to different fandom we understood the majority of references. There were some references we never heard of and some we had, just haven't had a chance to be a part of. (Hello, Dr. Who.)

We admit that due to this, we did some skipping through the book, to avoid any possible spoilers and what not.

Nevertheless, we both really enjoyed this fun outlook on parenting. There were things mentioned that we laughed at, others that kind of put us off
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This manual doesn't say particularly innovative information or suggestions to rise kids, but he way it uses comics, movies and geek books to give examples and tips is extremely funny and entertaining and it's what is new about this volume.

Questo manuale per crescere i figli non dice niente di particolarmente diverso da quanto detto finora, ma la parte innovativa sta nel fatto di fare esempi basati sulla cultura geek di fumetti, libri e film, il che lo rende particolarmente divertente.

Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, parenting
"Being a Geek" apparently has a completely new meaning: loving science fiction literature, cinematography, and popular culture. It apparently no longer means being intensely interested in a highly technical field.

If you're looking for science based parenting advice, look elsewhere. If you're looking for cute anecdotes and takeaways from Star Trek, look no further.

Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
This was a fun read, with some great parallels drawn between geek culture and real life. Some of the essays were a little thin, and I think that this book is better as a gift for a parent rather than something to just sit down and read.
Penny Ramirez
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
An entertaining collection of essays, gleaning parenting examples (good and less-than-good) from all walks of fandom. I ripped through it in one sitting because I can't renew....but it was a quick read in any case! ...more
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