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Raising a Geekling: Thanks for Making It Suck Less

Kid TV sucks. Kid movies are better. Most of the time.

Well, some of it, anyway. Let’s talk about it, shall we?

On Saturday, I introduced the eldest of my spawn to “Monsters, Inc.” A happy accident, we stumbled upon it whilst channel surfing. He was immediately mesmerized, and I was surprised that he had never seen it before.

Then, I remembered that he’s four.

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Image courtesy of Disney/Pixar

Oh, right… He wasn’t alive when it was released! Huh. Sometimes I forget that I have to teach and/or show these little creatures EVERYTHING. (No, don’t pick up gum in the parking lot! GET IT OUT OF YOUR MOUTH! –True story. Gross.)

The upcoming sequel, “Monsters University,” is set to be released on Friday (BTW, June 21 is my birthday, and anyone who gets me a present will receive bonus LIFE POINTS. Inquire below for shipping information.), and I’m pretty sure it’s something that he’ll enjoy. Rather, more importantly, I’m pretty sure it’s something that I’ll enjoy. Let’s face it, I’m the one buying the tickets, so I should like the movie, right?

Which brings me to my topic (Way to bury the lede, right?): All kid movies should appeal in some way to the adult that has to be there. Really, it’s something that is already happening, and I seriously appreciate that! It just struck me anew on Saturday as I tried to watch “Monsters, Inc.” through fresh eyes, so I could explain things to my son if needed.

I was fascinated to realize that I was enjoying the movie just as much as he was.

How do they do that? How do they make a movie that I’m happy to settle into that also appeals to a child that will rewatch the same tripe over and over again? It’s amazing.

I also considered the general shift in my watching habits. Since hatching my children, I evaluate watchable-ness based on a kid-centric system. Categories include: “Can I watch this with my kid(s)?” “Will my kid(s) be scared of this?” and the popular catch-all, “How bad will my kid(s) be scarred for life if they walk out of their room for a midnight piddle only to find something violent/sexual/overall inappropriate for small children on the screen mommy what is that what are they doing do you do that oh my gosh look away turn off the tv quick TURN IT OFF NOW!”

Said categories are mainly for television, but they wash over for theater trips, too, of course.

Another thing I appreciate about “Monsters, Inc.” is that it didn’t rely on over-his-head-humor to do the job. Think “Shrek,” that was chocked full of innuendo and fart jokes…stuff lauded as appealing to older audiences while still sucking in the tots. That has its place, I suppose, but it makes me uncomfortable sometimes. I can’t help but wonder if I’m exposing my geekling to stuff he’s not ready for, stuff I’M not ready for him to be ready for.

That’s probably a different article, though.

Suffice it to say that I’m a fair-weather fan of most Pixar movies, and I like that my son is, too.

What do you think about kid movies these days? Does something have to appeal to you, too?

ASIDE: You know what else comes out on Friday? “World War Z.” So, since Friday’s my birthday, I should probably get to pick the movie we see, right? (Yes, I fully expect it to suck royally! The book is really good, and Brad Pitt has dead eyes –emotionless, empty eyes–. It’ll be terrible, but I still want to see it.) I’m sure my son would be fine with it.

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Raising a Geekling: Enough Pink!

This is my first go-around with a small girl child, and I’ve noticed quite a difference.

Shocking, I know. But, of the three main differences between girls and boys, I’m going to focus on one that irritates my pants the most: Clothing.

Our previous attempt at duplication yielded a male child, and I discovered a severe lack of selection when it came to fancy duds and clothing in general. Even around Christmas time when girls are expected to wear giant, puffy red confections, boys are shown in a pair of khakis…if you’re lucky. More often than not, it’s some jeans with a seasonal long sleeved t-shirt.

Preposterous! (I’ve strolled around many a store shouting “Preposterous!” and “Bully!” on more than one occasion. Truth.)

I managed to find sufficient clothing for my son, however, and have since settled into a comfortable rhythm centered around superheroes, trains, and random collared shirts. He’s a fan of at least two of the three, so I count that as a win for everybody involved.

When my daughter was born, I was honestly excited for what awaited Girls get racks and racks of clothing at the store! Racks and racks, I say!

I eagerly dove in and started selecting all kinds of fripperies associated with baby-dom. I was also blessed enough to receive lots of gifts and hand-me-downs, rounding out my child’s wardrobe for the first several months of her life.

Image courtesy of tvstoreonline.com.

But, now, she’s seven and a half months old, and I’M SICK OF PINK! And purple to a lesser extent. Pink’s the main fiend, here, though. Why can’t little girls have…well…less girly stuff?

So, I poked around Ye Olde Interwebz and found some stuff to put on my wish list.

Enjoy!

Don’t give me a princess shirt, give me Wonder Woman! Amazon princesses are clearly much better than Disney ones. I don’t even have to defend myself, here. I’m just clearly right. They may wear less, but they kick serious butt!

But, clearly, not all princesses are lame. I think we can agree on that.

Another princess I’m totally fine with goes by the name of Leia. A little Star Wars, anyone? Yes, please! I would like for my daughter to sport a hat like this one. Made to look like Leia’s famous side buns, this crocheted hat is pure geekery cuteness!

I’m saving my credits for that. Seriously.

I’m also a huge fan of almost anything relating to steampunk!

Image courtesy of denice3069 on Etsy.

It’s kinda hard to find baby steampunk stuff, though, since most of the merchandise out there is for tarts who want to hoist their mainsails and throw out their shingle if you know what I mean (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more!). But, Etsy comes to the rescue! Yay!

Check out these ADORABLE Victorian baby booties! D’aw!  As we all know, Victorian fashion is a gateway drug to steampunk.

Sigh!

I think I wrote this article more for me than you. I needed to prove to myself that there are alternate clothing choices out there. And it’s not that I’m not against girly; I’m not against fluffy. But, there’s a line!

Have you found any awesome baby clothes lately? Share your treasures in the comments and fight the PINK!

 

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