Pick up this book and turn to page 58. There, if that doesn't sell this book, well, maybe we just don't run in the same geek circles but you should definitely still buy this book. You can flip to any page and find your favorite pop culture reference and learn a little something about what it has to say on the subject of family and growing up. From the Power Puff Girls to The Walking Dead, from E.T. to Fringe our geeky heroes (and sometimes villains) have a lot to teach us. Isn't that why we love them? I was already preparing to share my love of All Things Geek(tm) with my kiddo and now I'll be even better prepared to use Geek as a learning tool. Even if you don't have and/or don't want kids Geek Parenting is a hell of a fun read just because. Who doesn't want more excuses to talk about Buffy and the Scoobies?— Heather
All the life lessons, values, and advice from pop culture that parents need to raise geeky children.
It takes a starship to raise a child. Or a time machine. Or a tribe of elves. Fortunately, Geek Parenting offers all that and more, with thoughtful mini-essays that reveal profound child-rearing advice (and mistakes) from the most beloved tales of geek culture. Nerds and norms alike can take counsel from some of the most iconic parent–child pairings found in pop culture: Aunt May and Peter Parker, Benjamin and Jake Sisko, Elrond and Arwen, even Cersei and Joffrey. Whether you’re raising an Amazon princess, a Jedi Padawan, a brooding vampire, or a standard-issue human child, Geek Parenting helps you navigate the ion storms, alternate realities, and endless fetch quests that come with being a parent.
Includes parenting experts from across time and space, such as:
Luke and Vader
Korra and Tenzin
Wednesday and Morticia Addams
Frodo and Bilbo
Rose and Jackie Tyler
Carl and Michonne
Thor, Loki, and Odin
Starbuck, Apollo and Adama
Stewie and Lois
Sarah Manning and Mrs. S.
T'Challa and T'Chaka
Spock, Sarek, and Amanda
Claudia and Lestat
San and Moro
Perseus and Zeus
Dorothy and Auntie Em
Bruce Wayne and Alfred
Buffy and Giles
Meg Murry and Aunt Beast
Orpheus and Morpheus
Paul Atreides and Lady Jessica
Kal-El and Jor-El
Chakotay and Kolopak
Scott and Dr. Evil
Diana and Hippolyta
Alexander and Worf
About the Author
Valya Dudycz Lupescu is raising three delightfully geeky children. Her debut novel, The Silence of Trees (Wolfsword Press), reached the Amazon Top 10 in historical fiction in 2011. She is founding editor of the literary journal Conclave: A Journal of Character and co-creator of the comic book Sticks and Bones.
Stephen H. Segal is the child of geeky parents, an award-winning editor, designer, and writer, and former editor in chief of Philadelphia Weekly. His revamp of Weird Tales magazine won a Hugo Award in 2009; his book Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture was published by Quirk in 2011.
“Taken altogether or enjoyed piecemeal, universal themes of trust, love, communication, cultural traditions, and identity shine through to encourage parents, be they geek or otherwise, as they navigate the wonderful, terrifying, challenging realm of parenthood.”—ForeWord
“[Geek Parenting] made me want to look at my favorite fandoms again in a new light, not solely for the entertainment value, but for the deeper lessons that I could glean from them.”—Reading for Sanity
“…this happy little book makes us realize nerds have been in our pop-culture hearts all along, and that we are among them…. Geek Parenting is a golden ticket to the nerd zeitgeist.” –Pittsburgh City Paper
“Geek Parenting is a fantastic book for parents looking to raise children today, and has some fabulous examples from Geek culture that everyone can comprehend.”—BioGamer Girl
“Taken altogether or enjoyed piecemeal, universal themes of trust, love, communication, cultural traditions, and identity shine through to encourage parents, be they geek or otherwise, as they navigate the wonderful, terrifying, challenging realm of parenthood.”—Foreword Reviews
“Whatever your geek passion is, Geek Parenting shows you how to use it to really get through to your kid. The Force is with you. And it is strong.”—Metro
“Segal and Lupescu…draw some fascinating conclusions from unlikely sources. This is an enjoyable light read for parents with an interest in popular culture.”– Booklist
“Geek Parenting is here to help you raise your kids with tips and tricks from some of the nerd-world's most beloved parent-child pairs.” –Washington Parent