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Geek Dad: Projects and Activities to Do With Your Kid

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Let’s talk about you for a second, nerd dad: you’re probably in your late twenties to late thirties. Your parents were baby boomers, you’re a Gen-Xer or an older millennial, and you’re trying now to sift through the cacophonous noise of your childhood to filter the real experiences you had with your parents from the buzz and hum of consumed media.

Did you impersonate your father and use the family’s stocks to play the market, and losing a lot of money? No, you did not; that was Family Ties. Did you really kiss Topanga in high school? Nope; that was Boy Meets World.

Once you’ve got the chaff separated from the wheat, you’re going to see the reason some of the things you remember about your parents are blurry is that they weren’t very good at the things they tried to teach you. It’s hard for a dad to teach his son to throw a baseball when he never made the team himself, and yet there he was: frustrated, sweating, and afraid that he was letting you down all because he was caving to the pressures of a society that insisted he teach you some kind of sport. The geek/nerd revolution changed all that, and we’re lucky to be at the forefront. We don’t have to pretend that we know what a pig’s skin is, or that we would like to go out on the patch or the gridded irons – we can teach our kids about soldering, circuitry, and Star Wars with our heads held high!
But where to start? Try “Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share.” You’ll find project suggestions that involve all your favorite maker activities: building, breaking, soldering, stitching, painting, plastering – you name it. Connect with your kids, and make more than an R2-D2 shaped mailbox – make a bond that will last a lifetime.

Not that you need further motivation, but here is a tear-jerking rendition of Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle.”

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