“Geek Parenting” by Stephen H. Segal & Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Geek Parenting : What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a FamilyGeek Parenting : What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family by Stephen H. Segal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 your own parents, but rather the heroes, and heroines, we see day to day in books, comics, and on the television and big screen. Every work and episode carries nuggets of truth to guide people. Examples include:

“With great power comes great responsibility.”
“Always have a towel ready.”
“I can do anything. ”
“There’s no need to fear!”

As these tales carry readers and viewers into parenthood, the only problem is that there is so much out there to absorb and learn, and not all of it is helpful. Luckily for us, Stephen Segal and Valya Lupescu come to the rescue with their book, Geek Parenting. Broken into sections, each couple of pages features a new short parenting tip with reference to a cultural moment many will be familiar with. The best way to understand this is a devotion for parents, but instead of using the Bible as a reference, it relies on pop culture.

The book is quite enjoyable, and although I may skip parts because I choose not to engage in that content or opinion, overall it is a fun, quirky title, which bodes well for it’s publisher. The authors are friendly, and I had to chance to meet them when they gave me this book at Emerald City Comic Con. I should note that I reviewed an ARC title, and as a result, there are no doubt changes made in the final draft. I enjoyed the work and believe others will too, especially parents who grew up with Kim Possible and Back to the Future.

Disclosure: I was given an ARC for this book, but as a gift. I chose to do a review because of my appreciation of this work.

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