The Geeky Parent Guide is a semi-monthly editorial series by Fanbase Press Contributor (and father of two) Travis Lakata that will help parents and other caregivers to safely and positively navigate various avenues of pop culture with their children.
A new school year has arrived, and things might look different for parents who are sending kids back to school after homeschooling. I homeschooled my kids (ages 8 and 9) for the past two years, but this new school year sees my kids reentering public school. Clearly, homeschooling and public school life have unique vibes, so switching from one to the other might seem daunting. It’s normal for parents or their kiddos to feel nervous with this big change.
In an age where the Marvel Cinematic Universe has shifted to include streaming shows on Disney+, Ms. Marvel is a wonderful example of an incredible story. The mini-series gives fans a six-episode season where Iman Vellani, who plays Kamala Khan, is a superstar in her role as Ms. Marvel. Let’s dive into the season and highlight its age-rating, overall themes, and how diverse storytelling can amplify the incredible experience of seeing someone else’s culture onscreen.
Playing board games is a fun way to connect with your kids. There are cooperative and competitive games. Games can revolve around laying tiles on the board, collecting resources, and many other mechanics where the ultimate goal is to become victorious. There are even themes where islands are sinking or evil is lurking around the corner, and each person selects a character with a specific set of skills to help win the game. There are even games, like Marvel Champions (MC) from Fantasy Flight Games, where your kid wants nothing more than to play it every single day.
Finding your footing in the wonderful world of board games can be quite daunting. There are a seemingly endless number of games you can choose from; plus, there are a variety of themes, different player counts, and many game mechanics that serve as the method to make moves within each game. Do we collect cards? Do we roll dice? Do we vie for resources by placing meeples? Fortunately, we have a great pair from All You Can Board (AYCB) to chat with today to share their experiences with tabletop games.
Lisbon. The capital of Portugal is a magical place. I recently shared how to prep your kids for international travel, and our trip to Lisbon was the reason. Being a parent is a wonderful thing and providing our kiddos with more experiences is something my wife and I want to accomplish. Travel is definitely high on the list of experiences we want for them.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan represents an iconic class of storytelling within all movie-going worlds. Star Trek is a beloved franchise and many will debate their favorite TV series or movies, but The Wrath of Khan is a film that defies time. It represents a clear message to all viewers that being in charge of others (like a parent) is not always a clear path. The decisions Captain Kirk and Spock make have an overarching goal to benefit the many, while Khan’s path is distinct in who it benefits.
Being a parent over the past few years has ramped up stress and anxiety tenfold. We’ve had periods of isolating ourselves to avoid getting sick, while tackling homeschool and being even more involved in our children’s overall growth. Yes, I am quite proud of the kids they’ve become, and it’s been such an amazing experience to increase my participation in their lives by teaching them day to day. Knowing it’s been trying for our kids, as well, has increased the desire to travel and expose our kids to more experiences and cultures.
Home Alone isn’t necessarily the typical movie one thinks about during the spring or summer months. It might not even be some people’s favorite holiday movie, but it does represent an aspect of parenthood my wife and I are currently facing. No, we’re not planning on leaving our two kids home alone after flying off to some exotic destination.
Free Comic Book Day is right around the corner, and there are plenty of ways to show support to local comic shops. Free Comic Book Day is such a popular event, shops from all over the world participate, giving away free comics and usually providing amazing deals to their customers.
Teen Titans Go! is an animated series that my kids absolutely love. It’s silly with incredibly ridiculous moments where my kids can laugh at the characters as they go about saving the world. If you are interested in adding some of that silliness to your little one’s world, then consider this fun animated series.