Geek Parenting

What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family

About the Book

All the life lessons, values, and advice from pop culture that parents need to raise geeky children.

It takes a starship to raise a child. Or a time machine. Or a tribe of elves. Fortunately, Geek Parenting offers all that and more, with thoughtful mini-essays that reveal profound child-rearing advice (and mistakes) from the most beloved tales of geek culture. Nerds and norms alike can take counsel from some of the most iconic parent–child pairings found in pop culture: Aunt May and Peter Parker, Benjamin and Jake Sisko, Elrond and Arwen, even Cersei and Joffrey. Whether you’re raising an Amazon princess, a Jedi Padawan, a brooding vampire, or a standard-issue human child, Geek Parenting helps you navigate the ion storms, alternate realities, and endless fetch quests that come with being a parent.

Includes parenting experts from across time and space, such as:

Luke and Vader
Korra and Tenzin
Wednesday and Morticia Addams
Frodo and Bilbo
Rose and Jackie Tyler
Carl and Michonne
Thor, Loki, and Odin
Starbuck, Apollo and Adama
Stewie and Lois
Sarah Manning and Mrs. S.
T'Challa and T'Chaka
Spock, Sarek, and Amanda
Claudia and Lestat
San and Moro
Perseus and Zeus
Dorothy and Auntie Em
Bruce Wayne and Alfred
Buffy and Giles
Meg Murry and Aunt Beast
Orpheus and Morpheus
Paul Atreides and Lady Jessica
Kal-El and Jor-El
Chakotay and Kolopak
Scott and Dr. Evil
Diana and Hippolyta
Alexander and Worf


“Taken altogether or enjoyed piecemeal, universal themes of trust, love, communication, cultural traditions, and identity shine through to encourage parents, be they geek or otherwise, as they navigate the wonderful, terrifying, challenging realm of parenthood.”—ForeWord  

“[Geek Parenting] made me want to look at my favorite fandoms again in a new light, not solely for the entertainment value, but for the deeper lessons that I could glean from them.”—Reading for Sanity

“…this happy little book makes us realize nerds have been in our pop-culture hearts all along, and that we are among them…. Geek Parenting is a golden ticket to the nerd zeitgeist.” –Pittsburgh City Paper

“Geek Parenting is a fantastic book for parents looking to raise children today, and has some fabulous examples from Geek culture that everyone can comprehend.”—BioGamer Girl

About the Author

Stephen H. Segal

Product Details

  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781594748707
  • e-Book ISBN: 9781594748714
  • Dimensions: 5x7
  • Page Count: 208
  • Release Date: April 5, 2016