Geekifying my kids

Geekifying my kids

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My wife and I have different jobs when it comes to raising my kids. I try to give them the kind of experience I had growing up, and she makes sure they stay well rounded. For example, the kids and I played Castle Crashers last night. She let them play with Play-dough and draw pictures. I bought a Spiderman shower curtain to replace the Superman one we had at our last apartment, and read them comic books before bed. She lets them watch Disney cartoons.

IMG_0253 So far my kids have amazed me at how quickly they learn. My four year old daughter was whistling in the car the other day. I asked her who taught her how to whistle, and she said that nobody taught her. She just tried and tried, and then she could do it. She can already read Japanese hiragana and katakana, and she’s picking up English really quickly. I can show her a word, and most of the time, she can read it. And she’s surprisingly good at photography. At my brother-in-law’s wedding, she went around with my wife’s camera and took pictures of the cake that were better than the ones I got, and went around to every table asking to take a picture of the group. She ended up with great shots of almost everyone at the wedding. I took her out yesterday to take some pictures. I told her that if she has a good time taking pictures, and her pictures turn out well, I’ll buy her her own camera. I’ve already started looking online for it.
My middle son has picked up my love for super heroes. I’m a DC man myself, but I’m fine with him thinking that Spiderman is awesome. There was a period of a couple of months that he would only pick out his Superman t-shirts to wear for the day. If they were both dirty, he’d wear something else, but as soon as they came out of the dryer, he would change. The coolest thing is that he picks stuff up when I’m not around, and then tells me all about them. He watched a Justice League cartoon, and when I came home from work, he told me about a guy who wears a red suit, and runs like this, and waved his hands really fast past his head. Now he likes the Flash. IMG_0363
IMG_1028 My youngest still hasn’t done anything amazing beyond what a 10-month old would normally do. I’ve got high hopes, though. After all, I still need a bassist on Rock Band.
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