Everything You Need to Know About ‘Minecraft’


If your kid has been swept up in the ‘Minecraft’ craze, you’ve probably come to realize that resistance is futile. It isn’t only the game itself that kids obsess over. There are ‘Minecraft’ YouTube videos, a whole ‘Minecraft’ language, ‘Minecraft’-like games, and more. Continue reading

8 Tips to Limit Tech Over the Holidays

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What’s topping your kids’ holiday wish lists this year? Chances are it has a screen, Internet access, and games. With a little planning–and kids’ assistance–you can balance your family’s tech activities with much-needed face time. Continue reading

The New Guide to Managing Media for Tweens and Teens

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Today’s kids are immersed in media. More than ever before, tweens and teens are watching, reading, listening, creating, and communicating throughout their entire day. It’s become harder to distinguish between screen time and just … time. Continue reading

9 Ways to Make Back-to-School Fun for Your Geeklings

Bento boxes are a great way to show your kids you care. And it definitely doesn't need to be this fancy. Cat and Birdies Bento by Flickr user megan. CC by 2.0

Though much of the country has already had their first day of the school year, some school districts still don’t start until the day after Labor Day. But whether your kids have already started or will start soon, it’s never too late to make an effort to make back-to-school time fun for your geeklings of all ages. Continue reading

Hard Truths: A Parental Responsibility to Address Tragedy

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Recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, have me dwelling on one of the great parenting struggles: the challenge of maintaining a child’s innocence while living in a world wrought with so many unconscionable acts. Using Jon Stewart’s already notorious ‘Daily Show’ monologue as a jumping off point, I explore the hard questions of what to share and how to share the truth of tragedy with children. Continue reading

Passing the Everburning Torch

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Recently my son and his friends sat down to play ‘Dungeons & Dragons.’ This isn’t a new thing–they’ve played before. And these aren’t new friends–these kids have known each other since elementary school. They joined Cub Scouts together, and, when they were old enough, decided against joining one of the larger troops in the area and asked me to help them form their own troop. They also, in the past, have asked me to be their Dungeon Master. Continue reading

Kids Read Mean Tweets: Bullying Is Different But Still the Same

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One doesn’t need to grow up as a geek in order to have been bullied, but it certainly helped. My parents and older brothers helped me cope with being bullied, as they had gone through the same experience. As a parent, I should feel confident that I can help my son through such inevitable tough times, but the landscape of bullying has changed. With the internet came anonymity, a comfortable distance from targets, and a much more public voice. Bullying in the 21st century is quite different from what I experienced as a child. A new viral video campaign from the Canadian Safe School Network seeks to help start the discussion. Continue reading

11 Things Parents Ought to Know by Now

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So somebody over at the Huffington Post wrote this thing about raising boys, and the blogosphere went a little crazy. It seems some of her observations were a little on the obvious side, and at least a couple of them read to some folks as more than a little sexist. So let’s take a look. You can read the original over at the Huffington Post; here are my comments. Continue reading

How to Be a Father and a Filmmaker: Interview with Jeff Stern, Director of The Morning of Everything


The Morning of Everything is a new film about a father losing himself in the world of childrearing, and the three-year-old son who must journey through a treacherous adult world of fun-house encounters in search of his lost owl, eventually helping the dad find himself again. We speak to filmmaker Jeff Stern about the struggle to be a father and a filmmaker, or any creative person. Continue reading

Consequences of Over-Parenting

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This month’s cover story in The Atlantic is “The Overprotected Kid,” and Hanna Rosin writes about the shift from the time the Baby Boomers were kids until now: kids are rarely out of sight of their parents, nobody is allowed to talk to strangers, playgrounds have become safe but sterile. But what are the consequences of overparenting? Continue reading

Linear Explanations Make You Your Child’s Oracle of Information


The quality of the explanations you offer to your children will influence their perception of your credibility. Not only that, but your explanations will influence how likely your kids are to ask you for explanations in the future. Continue reading