Ask Dayton #35 – Trekification of the Next Generation
Dear Dayton: How do I ensure that I create a Star Trek fan out of my daughter? She’s seven, and I want to make sure I have something to talk to her about when she is a teenager.
I am not seeking real help with anything, that’s why I listen to a podcast based on books that nobody reads and games nobody plays.
Well, you’ve certainly come to the right place.
The key to indoctrinating your young’uns into the ways of Trek is to start them early. Me? I started out when my first daughter was just a couple of months old, not yet talking and therefore unable to resist. At that age, a child’s mind is like a sponge, and parents are like Super Soakers. So, Trek was among the first books she crawled to….
By the time my second daughter came along, I was able to delegate such things to my oldest, carrying on the newly-established Trekification tradition
Books are fun, but don’t forget the toys! Star Trek, when I was a kid, was fun. You played Star Trek outside the same way you played “Army” or “Cowboys and Indians.” I realize I’m speaking an almost foreign language to much of the G&T Show audience, but…yes, there was a time when kids played outside. And to do that, you have to have the right equipment when you go on your landing party, so be sure to get your kid the proper communicator, tricorder, and phaser!
They also played with action figures. Back in the day, action figures were toys played with by kids, not “collectibles” displayed by adults over the fireplace or your headboard. You played with them, you broke the shit out of them, and then you got some new ones and started all over again. Just be sure to lay down some ground rules. For example, Barbie, under no circumstances, is allowed on the Enterprise bridge. EVER.
Like I said, Star Trek is supposed to be fun. I wish more fans would embrace that, rather than obsessing over crap like what’s canon or which crew is the best or which technical manual is the most accurate. Forget all that nonsense, share the fun with your kid, and find your own inner kid. That goes for Star Wars and super heroes and all that other cool shit. Watch the TV shows and movies with them, play with the toys right alongside them, and find the age appropriate books or comics to read to them. Oh, and don’t forget the really silly stuff, too. Why? For one thing, it drives the hardcore fanboys fucking nuts. Star Trek Mr. Potato Heads, for example:
Now, of course, geekery is not all my girls know. They spend plenty of time with other pursuits, from Disney princesses to stuffed animals to Legos to gymnastics to make-believe cooking. Between all the various books, toys, and games, they’ve got plenty to keep them busy, but that doesn’t stop them from asking to watch Star Trek, Star Wars, Batman, or The Six Million Dollar Man with their daddy.
So, I guess I’ve done my job, at least so far as geekification goes.
Good luck, Dad!
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