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The GeekFamily Guide To the Movies

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If there's one thing geeks know, it's movies. But how do you raise your geeky kids to watch the right movies? Join writers from Wired's (named one of the top 10 Best Blogs of 2010 by Time Magazine) and blogs as they discuss the ins and out of parenting, kids and movies. They'll tackle such difficult questions as: — Why is the mother always dead (or die) in Disney movies? — How young is too young to watch the Lord of the Rings? — Should you let your 8 year old watch the "Chucky" movies? What if he begs really hard? — How can you encourage your kids to make their own movies? — How do you explain to your kid that they can not convert their mother's car into a land-speeder?

Come share your stories and get candid advice from fellow Geek Dads and Moms! Don't have kids? Show up and find out what may be in store for you if you ever do!



Andrea Schwalmstolz Editor & Core Contributor GeekMom

Andrea is an editor and core contributor at who writes often about parenting, special education, or the arts. In a second career, she co-facilitates multi-family counseling sessions as a NYS "Family Development Credentialed" parent advocate. She has passed on a love of photography and film editing to her two teenaged sons, as well as a fascination with aliens, zombies, and post-apocalyptic survival.

Anton Olsen Contributor GeekDad

Anton Olsen is a father of two budding geeklets, Core Contributor for GeekDad, Wired's parenting blog, and a Master Geek for for Innovation First, International, makers of VEX Robitics. His interests include robotics, computers, the internet, and gaming. When he isn't busy at work Anton can be found helping his daughter's robotics team, gaming with his son, or sharing geeky movies with the family.

Nicole Wakelin Core Contributor/Podcast Host GeekMom

Nicole is a bona fide geek who writes for multiple outlets online and can be heard on podcasts covering all manner of geek culture. She is a Core Contributor at and hosts the GeekMoms Podcast. She also has her own site, and contributes a segment to The D6 Generation gaming podcast and is a podcast co-host and Head Writer at

Ruth Suehle Core Contributor GeekMom

Ruth Suehle is a core contributor to and a writer and editor in Brand Communications + Design at Red Hat. Previously an editor for Red Hat Magazine, Ruth now leads discussions about open source principles at She's a maker at heart, often behind a sewing machine, rolling fondant, or looking for the next DIY project, and project contributor to the 2011 book World of Geekcraft. She's GeekMom to two geeklings, ages 2 and 6. Find her on Twitter and as @suehle.

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