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How being a geek will make you a good parent

It turns out "Star Wars" and "The Princess Bride" can teach you a lot about raising kids.

Virtually every parent has moments where they're like, "Ummm, what exactly am I supposed to do in this situation?" Whether it's because your kid won't stop crying in the middle of the grocery store or losing a board game results in a meltdown, there are so many everyday moments no one prepares you for.

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Stephen H. Segal and Valya Dudycz Lupescu have found solutions in unlikely places, like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Star Trek." They've figured out that their favorite geeky shows and movies actually have a lot of good parenting advice.

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Their book"Geek Parenting"is a compilation of 75 short essays of what they've learned. Your kid won't do his homework? Tell him about how even Superman had to educate himself by reading up in the Fortress of Solitude every now and then. Not exactly agreeing with the path your child is taking? Hey, Spider-Man's parents had different dreams for their son too, but they never stopped loving him.

Whatever your geek passion is, "Geek Parenting" shows you how to use it to really get through to your kid. The Force is with you. And it is strong.

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