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Nerd parents, I know you're out there

post #1 of 107
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You just read Nurtureshock. Your Netflix queue is full of documentaries. Maybe you listen to RadioLab.

Anybody else?

My lastest nerd highlight: I was just visiting a friend who bought herself a microscope, just for a fun, just to look at all kinds of things from her environment. I think this is the greatest idea, and I want one for myself.

How about you?
post #2 of 107
I'm more of a geek than a nerd but hi!

I had a microscope as a child just for that reason. I would look at ALL sorts of things under it.

My hubby bought me this shirt for Mothers Day and I get a kick out of the fact that it is almost correct

our Netflix Queue is full of all sorts of different things, but mostly mythbusters, dirty job, and various other shows like that that we have already seen EVERY episode of but want to watch again...
post #3 of 107


Total nerd parents here. In our case we are history nerds. I'm a medievalist (death and dying in late medieval England) and my DH does "Late-Victorian London's Public Health System."

Our kid is only a year old, but I am really excited that he already loves books. I hope that sticks, since it was my #1 hope for my kid. We don't have a TV so our whole living room is cramed full of books instead.

We also sing lots of They Might Be Giants songs to him. We are planning on taking him to his first TMBG concert soon...I'm so excited!!

Radiolab rocks. So does This American Life. DH's favorite is Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. Oh and Science Fridays .
post #4 of 107
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We also sing lots of They Might Be Giants songs to him. We are planning on taking him to his first TMBG concert soon...I'm so excited!!
WOO HOO! Im excited for him!

my kids love singing Why Does the Sun Shine?

I also have every single Schoolhouse Rock song I could buy on my iPod for them to listen to!
post #5 of 107
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DH does "Late-Victorian London's Public Health System."
That sounds AMAZING. I want to hang out with him and ask him questions.

We love TMBG! My husband bought the HERE COMES SCIENCE album when we were pregnant. We would drive around and sing "I am a paleontologist" to the unborn baby.
post #6 of 107
We are medieval history nerds, love TMBG, thinkgeek t-shirts and NPR shows too. Yay. Within arms reach I have a ton of medieval history books, a bunch of D&D manuals and a lot of Joss Whedon related material. I wish that there was more SciFi that we could share with DDs. DD1 is 4 and love the Backyardigans episode Robot Rampage I think because DH and I loved it for all the references.

DD1 came home from preschool with pictures she had cut out of a magazine (their project that day.) She was excited to find medieval things. I think it was a Smithsonian. She had a picture of a chalice and a tapestry.

I got my nieces and nephews an Eyeclopes. It attaches to the TV and magnifies things. It is somewhat more kid friendly than a traditional microscope (which we have too.)
post #7 of 107
Hehe! DS is going to be Dr Horrible for Halloween! And DH is going to be Captain Hammer!
post #8 of 107
Yes, my nerdery is complete with two great geeklings.


Around town here there are science lectures, observatories, classical music concerts, and lots of other mind expanding stuff.

We supplement with documentaries, sci-fi shows and they have an electronics kit. My son recently replaced his own burnt out light switch. My daughter is designing clothes for people of the future who resemble the Elfquest elves.

Each year we spend three days at a sci-fi convention where we game, listen to more lectures and dress up like cool characters.
post #9 of 107
When TMBG came here, it was a 21-and-up show.

DD1 has her own microscope already, and is always begging DH to watch old Tom Baker Dr. Who episodes with her.

We play Munchkin and Fluxx far more often than I'll freely admit.
post #10 of 107
Science nerds here with a nerdling in the making. We actually debated probability distributions of pee when deciding how many crib bedding sets we'd need. (the answer - 0, DS sleeps with us)
I hope DS will sing along to Tom Lehrer. We are also looking forward to science projects and will definitely have a microscope, and construction sets that require wiring.
Oh, we're huge BSG fans too.
post #11 of 107
We are here too . One of my BF in college actually went to HS and graduated with TMBG. We have SchoolHouse Rock on DVD, my 11 yo DS's team went to the state Lego Robotics competition, DH is a microbiologist who collects comic books and I know so much esoteric crap that no one will play trivial pursuit with me. All dd's friends think we are the cool parents. Oh yeah - we have one that is not "one of us" . He is an elite hockey player but he does give us lots of cool bacteria for science fairs. My brother's hockey gear is grosser than a public toilet (in a college town) was one of our favorites.
post #12 of 107
well, hi!!!!
Love the idea of a microscope. I'm going to try to find one now... this place gives me such ideas.
What TMBG records are you playing for your babes? i know there are kids ones, the one i listened to in high school was flood, that's the only one i remember.
just for fun, i'll share the goodwill find of the century. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/...eac6e5e3_b.jpg
I love books. all kinds. my hubby is a history nerd and a brew nerd...
post #13 of 107
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My brother's hockey gear is grosser than a public toilet (in a college town) was one of our favorites.
post #14 of 107
Oh yes, Schoolhouse Rock. We have all those.

We also did the Beethoven's Wig stuff so the kids would recognize famous classical pieces.

But somehow.. mind is not parsing TMBG .. what is that?
post #15 of 107
They Might Be Giants

I was first introduced to them through Tiny Toons lol
post #16 of 107
....DH and I are definitely nerds. If you needed proof, we're currently in the process of organizing a weekly DnD game (since it makes no sense to play WoW when DnD is essentially free).
post #17 of 107
"I'm more of a geek than a nerd but hi!"

I'm with this mama (^_^). More of a geek than a nerd, but all of us types should stick together haha. Anyways nice to see this tribe
post #18 of 107
Fellow nerd checkin' in!
post #19 of 107
I was out walking with my DD the other day (almost 3yo) and she asked what a leaf was. I responded "That is the plant's photosynthetic apparatus. The plant uses sunlight to make food and the leaves facilitate the process."

She kinda looked at me like she understood.
post #20 of 107
I LOOOOOVE explaining things to my kids! When I could still walk, we would take a mile walk every night (cannot wait to start again, but the SPD in this pregnancy has me planted firmly at home where I can sit down when necessary) and the kids would ask me all sorts of questions about nature. I especially like the 3 nights worth of conversation about the sun.

And then, of course, played Why Does the Sun Shine? by TMBG for them... which is why they love that song so much!
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