Geeky Parent Guide

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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.

The Geeky Parent Guide aims to highlight media that both kids AND their grown-ups will be able to enjoy.  This year, the GPG is focusing not only on the joy of the content itself, but on digging deeper to determine *why* media is of interest to various members of the family, as well as the valuable (and challenging) aspects of its messaging.  As families grow and evolve, so, too, do their interests, and we hope to provide fun and thoughtful ways for families to sit back, relax, and enjoy new books, movies, comics, TV, and more.

A new year brings fun opportunities to start new TV series, whether with your partner, kiddos, friends, or going solo. With so much content out in the world, it's tough to decide whether to experience older franchises for the first time or get completely lost within a brand-new series. Incredible storytelling is a great way for anyone to unwind, relate to experiences, or learn or reinforce valuable lessons from those intertwined within the framework of each show. Or, sometimes, you just want to sit back and laugh your head off.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is so much more than a sequel; it’s a dedication to the Fellowship established in the first film in the trilogy. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli pursue the orcs who have taken Merry and Pippin, while Sam and Frodo continue to Mordor to rid the world of the one ring. Their pursuit is seemingly endless, running constantly in an effort to gain ground and rescue their friends.

The holiday season is not only about colorful decorations, exchanging presents, and spending time eating delicious food; it’s also about watching incredible stories come to life on the small screen. Finding time to immerse yourself into wonderful fairy tales also allows positive messages to be shared, which is an inherit reason why Stories Matter.

As we move further into the fall season, there comes a perfect opportunity for utilizing a crockpot or creating one-pot meals. More so, if your kids are old enough, it gives them the chance to help out whenever you’re meal prepping. This is exceedingly important to provide these moments together, especially when the school year can limit how much time is available beyond school hours.

If you’re looking for a spooky movie to watch, even though Halloween is in the rear-view mirror, The Curse of Bridge Hollow needs to be the #1 option for your next family movie night. This TV-14 movie on Netflix does go beyond my own kids’ ages, but my wife and I discussed it beforehand after watching the trailer and thought it looked like a good option to let our kids explore.

If you or your kids are looking for things that go bump in the night this Halloween and fall season, then there are plenty of spine-tingling options out in various streaming platforms. As some kiddos might call this the “most wonderful time of the year,” creepy crawly movies are a way to let your kids explore fun or frightening things.

As my kids continue back in public school for the first time in two years, they’re finding ways to keep themselves occupied beyond school work. Both kids are in a Scouts program, while Adelaide has joined a running club. Although we’re not sure if there’s a board game club at their school yet, Marshall is constantly wanting to dive into several different activities, especially with me or his sister, and there’s one building activity that many kids might love doing, if they have the chance.

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.

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