As a parent of 2 boys in arts-centric schooling, I was recently asked my thoughts on the importance of this type of education. Check out my response:
If you have children you may begin to have conversations around the differences between boys and girls. Not physically but with the toys they like, the colors they prefer, the games they tend to play, the clothes they wear, how they act. It is inevitable as a parent to have these conversations as our children try and find their own space in the world and learn what it means to be part of a larger community outside of their immediate family. But what do you do when you hear sexist remarks creep into your preschooler’s mouth?
My firstborn padawn turns 4 today!
I am filled with nostalgia for days behind and excitement for the future days at the same time. There was a magical threshold crossed at around 4 years where my son started to evolve from being a baby to the beginnings of a “young man”. In geek terms, he has clearly demonstrated the ability to have favorite shows, books and characters. He can understand more complex stories and character motivations. He has even demonstrated he can scheme, lie and manipulate a situation.
He also has shown amazing empathy and resilience, astounding ability to comprehend complex concepts, incredible strength and fortitude, and a memory that rivals my own.
I am a proud Jedi parent!
One of my favorite accidental geek photos of my son was from 2 years ago. We went as characters from Star Wars Episode 3 (I was Anakin, my wife was pregnant Padme (because she was actually pregnant), and my son was R2-D2). I managed to capture the photo, with my shadow being cast over my son, and was instantly reminded of the Episode I teaser poster.