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.

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.

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.

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