iQ: smartparent 203: iDad



today's dad's grew up playing video games like pac-man Donkey Kong Dungeons & Dragons and watching epic sci-fi films like Star Wars and Superman coming up next on IQ smart parent our digital age that's sharing their love of science tech media with their 10th I'm an so handsome arrow welcome to IQ smart parent and our show on tech and dads as the creator of children's television shows like Super Why Blue's Clues and Daniel Tiger's neighborhood I often hear about fun ways parents use media with their kids and I'm so excited today to talk with dads who are here tonight about their experiences online and the awesome projects they've created so a total science geek himself with me now is Kenda Mead editor of the geek dad blog that got its start at Wired magazine and author of the New York Times best-selling book series geek dad welcome Ken thank you very much it's great to be here good to be here I'm so excited cuz I'm a big fan of yours made your blog well we've had we've had your work in our house for years I'm a big fan too I love that so you are itself self-proclaimed geek who married a geek and now you have geeks which makes you a geek dad definitely definitely it's it's it's all in the genes but yeah my wife was a huge she had been a Doctor Who fan when she was little and Star Trek fan and read all the books and when we met there was nothing that mystified each other we were just like I love that I love that and so yeah you know we've tried to raise our boys to be pretty good geeks they have a lot of good geeky knowledge little there's some sports in there too but we we try to downplay that so tell me about your vision and when you're thinking about the geek dad blog or taking it to where it is today well I mean it's it's all been about you know a modern generation of dads trying to overcome this the stereotype and that's a stereotype we see in advertising and and in our media sitcoms and so forth where dad is always portrayed as this bumbling fool that pampers commercial pampers commercial where they tried to promote their diaper as being so so powerful so rugged that you could leave the baby home with dad for the weekend and everything would be okay and you know that's not where things are at these days and it's not just geeks it's it's dads of all stripes but but you know the this community of people that I've come to know we're all very media savvy we're all online we we love geeky things but we're partners in raising our kids we're partners with our wives we everybody works together it's not dad does this one thing mom does the other stuff mom's the nurturer dad's the disciplinarian or vice versa you know everybody needs to be a partner in raising your kids and it's really important to me to sort of present modern dads especially geeky nerdy dads in this light of being people that want to be well informed and and you know a part of our kids lives I love that so it's really it's the voice of dad and then you just happened to be a geek yeah I mean you know the definition that has sort of evolved over the years what is a geek and that is someone who gets a little bit obsessive a little bit passionate about something that they love and there are you know science fiction geeks their fantasy geeks there are movie geeks there are NASCAR geeks there are all sorts and when it comes to being a dad you can be a geek about being a dad you want to be informed about good diapers or how to teach your kid how to read or you know what's the best way to show them how to ride a bike or swim or or how young do I give my kid a cellphone that kind of responsibility we want to know and so let's share that information let's write about it and and inform ourselves I want everyone to be enthusiastic and passionate about whatever it is that they're into and especially when it comes to it's the most important job you'll ever do so yeah be there be present all the time that's awesome and so now your blog just to put it in context it was named was one of the top 25 blogs by Time magazine and what what do you think makes it so successful is it because you found this community and now it's an outlet for dads to get this kind of information I think so it's you know it's it's just sort of connecting the dots for people that you know up until I think this internet age you had people that always felt isolated that felt like they were going through it by themselves or you know that married and so forth but the only role models you had or what you saw on television which was often just very frustrating and very alien to what you were really doing and so being able to to you know having when I took over the blog it was it was created by it by Chris Anderson at Wired magazine but it was sort of a pet project for him I came on its spoke to me I knew what I thought it should be and and how to bring this group of people from all over the world together and just write about what we love about being dads and being geeks and and we it just sort of exploded from there Chris just sort of let me run with it and turn it into what it is now and I we've reached a lot of people which is amazing that is amazing and you are sharing all of these projects that you're excited about with your kids and of course when you have a top-25 blog what do you do but you turn it into a New York Times best-selling book series and I have your newest book here now which is amazing because it takes all the activities and all of these things that you're excited about and puts them in a format that we can all use and ken has brought a copy for everybody in the audience today will be going home with one so I was joking I got to be Oprah now you get a book and you're gonna vote so we're really excited and we actually have a video of you talking about the books and some of the great projects that you do with your kids so let's take a look at that I'm the author of geek Dan awesomely geeky projects and activities for dads and kids to share are you guys ready to rumble yeah packing together stuff that you probably already have in your garage too I am entirely keiki dad myself one of the projects that's been most popular out of the book is called the neverending demolition derby Quinn let's put the adhesive strip on here and what that involves is taking two remote-controlled cars an expensive one and sticking flat Lego plates on the outside surfaces perfect that's ready to go each contestant in the demolition derby sticks a set number of bricks on those plates to create battering rams and armor and you put them in an arena I like to make the arena out of a circle of pool noodles taped to the floor and you have a demolition derby trying to knock as many bricks off of your opponent's car oh he's stuck Eli and whoever has got the most bricks left on their car at the end of the round wins the round the projects in the book they're all fun you're gonna have a great time doing them they're all pretty easy there's no rocket science here and they've all got a little touch of Education in them some of the other projects included in the book are a rope swing with phone books as your support a binary calendar made out of Legos and a duct tape wallet with its own internal lighting I love how excited the kids are and of course they're learning every step of the way can you talk through some of that projects of that particular project what are the kids learning well in that case there was a there was some important stuff there you know fundamentally the two cars you had to learn a little bit about how radio-controlled cars work because you have to find two cars that are on separate frequencies or they would control each other their motor colors they had to do that and then just you know everybody loves Lego and you had to you know figure out how to you know they were going through a learning process figuring out how best to build constructs under their cars that wouldn't fall apart and if you played a number of rounds you would go through that iterative process figuring out what's the strongest thing that you can build onto the car and they were figuring that out and doing that all the way along but I mean that's been you know those one of the one of the big features of the blog itself and and which is why we thought important to bring into books was giving parents ideas about things to do we all want to spend time with our kids we want to find that mythical quality time but when we find the time what do we do and you know there's only so many movies can go out to or you know go to the park or whatever and and if you can you want to find projects and activities that will allow you to find those teachable moments where you can bring and bring some science and math and things like that into the home and we we talk a lot on the show about how communication and talking with your kids is one of the most important things that you can do whether it's during family dinner time or emptying the dishwasher or you know but when you're involved in a project and you're learning along with them and failing and making mistakes along with them there must be so there's so much that you learn about your kids and how much they're learning just even from a self-esteem let alone all the science exactly one of the biggest points and especially in this book for aspiring mad scientist it's all projects for kids to do for their science fair projects but yeah but the first thing you have to you have to get everybody to understand about science is that science is more about failure than it is about success it's about coming up with a concept designing an experiment to test the concept and if the more likely than not your experiment will fail figuring out why it failed and then either adjust your original concept or adjust your experiment to get past that failure and and find some sort of explanation you know right there with them so great so will you stay because there's so much more that we have to talk about and I want to introduce our next guests and bring them to the couch one of them is a dad who makes some very popular videos with his two daughters check out this clip from one of those videos called too many a DS it has received over four million views Annie stop doing that I have to stop now it's time for plan B there that you do the trick wow that was quick I know about you but I want to order all those a DS okay here with me are the stars of the baby teeth for videos Gillian and Addie and their dad Bob mcLaughlin welcome to IQ smart parents hi I'm so excited to meet you guys so Bob can you tell me how did this all start you just saw these amazingly cute kids and started to be creatively yeah my camera no I don't actually um I work for a financial company as a manager but my wife had suggested when Jillian was turning 1 that we do a video invitation so it would be kind of a good creative outlet so her party with no guests and asked people to come join her so it worked really well it ended up I put it on YouTube eventually just as some more people could see it and things just kind of went from there wicked shout out to mom and so can you tell us how old you guys aren't now you are 8 now what are your friends at school think of all of your videos just oh I love all your videos they're so cool and then sometimes I'll get shy but pretty much depends on the mood I'm in have a playdate and come over so they can be in one of your movies no now they so you also have a video that has reached 49 million views I think that was fast cars bad do you remember driving the car taking keys and driving the car till you talk about that how that started in your whole process okay um we had the idea or I had the idea that I want them to drive the car and I didn't really have any kind of particular plot in mind but I knew I wanted to get them in the car so I put a green sheet over the car I had a program that I used to erase the green – then I overlaid that on top of driving footage that's how we did Blue's Clues yeah we build a little bit of a plot around it I do write scripts for the girls I found that out early on it it works best if I have some kind of script just to give it some structure so do they memorize the scripts are you improving or giving some lines Joey do you have you have ideas that you then get to start making movies kind of zombie girl yeah we started first with whenever we were in the tub we had a zombie finger puppets well there was only one that was a girl we named her zombie Lina and she was always whining and complaining how she didn't like the other zombies and things like that and this was all in the tub it was daddy's idea to make it into an animated series but since – by that time there was already a book called zombie Lina so we had to think of another name and we eventually got too overly sensitive zone matter awesome Ken what do you think when you're when we're empowering kids to make the media and to do the projects that what do you think they're getting out of there they're feeling ownership and of creativity so much earlier it's fantastic I mean you know none of us ever grew up with the – you know record our home movies and then throw them up and potentially have millions of people see them I mean I think there's there's an empowerment that happens there are of course you know cautions that we have to make sure parents are taking when they're doing that but but it's it's a really interesting new world and you have this very strong community and all of you are do you respond to what people are saying to you yes yeah I take probably an hour out of each day just to respond to all the different comments there's a large portion of our viewers our children and a lot of them I mean they will say very nice things like I wish Jillian and Adi were my friends and they really there's this desire to connect with them and it's been great for us I mean I really enjoy it kids also are very you know that they're very excited just to hear back from you at all because I think so many youtubers it's you know they're I don't know if they don't have time to respond to all of them or what but units our community is definitely important to us great and you're doing some candy reviews I heard is that your favorite thing do you like to do the candy reviews yeah like which candy is your favorite my favorite I didn't really have a favorite yeah what have you learned about your dad from doing these videos it's very patient give us the ideas for like jokes your things will make and we might slightly change them a little bit why and whenever candy reviews and he says uh problem I don't really do sharing just kidding I share all the time so cuz we had to cut the chocolate bar I mean the frog in half uh-huh that is that the big deal what do you think your kids would say they learn from you when you guys are doing all the projects together but they don't want to be around me when I'm working on the book yeah well no I mean they've seen a lot of this transformation to where you can be just working on this kind of stuff at home in your spare time and still have it become something that is seen and recognized all over the all over the country all over the world so I mean these kids are all growing up in in a world where the potential for what you do to be out there is a billion times bigger than it was when we were kids and hopefully positively right there can be pros and cons yeah another another show we can talk about different powers I'm gonna ask all of my guests to stay right here and when we come back we'll hear from our audience and take their questions for Ken Bob Jillian and Adi that's next on IQ smart parents want to find out more about IQ smart parent visit our website at wqpt.org slash the mark parent there you'll find information about each episode including topics and guests links to the latest research on kids and media and other great resources like books videos and articles on IQ smart parent topics it's also your place to connect with our online community look for WQED edu on Facebook Twitter Google Plus and Pinterest for IQ smart parent updates and much more for more than 50 years WQED has helped spark your child's curiosity and love of learning with trusted resources in literacy math and science and social well-being now we're excited to launch a new Institute for parents that will empower them with knowledge and resources to raise their 21st century children with confidence join our IQ smart parent community sign up at WQED org slash smart parents welcome back to IQ smart parent we're talking about dads and kids and digital technology my guests are geek dad blogger and author Ken Dunn meet along with YouTube stars Jillian addy and their dad Bob McLaughlin so we have our first question come up and will you tell everybody your name Natalie Martinez so Natalie what is your question this is from mr. Ken so one of the biggest I think controversies with technology is that kids don't get to go out so much and be active what would you say to those kind of people well I it's always about balance any anything that your kids are gonna get into you know you can't let them get so obsessive that it takes over from other things and you know being inside versus being outside you want to balance those times I think there are ways you know if if your kid has a iPod Touch or an iPhone or a digital phone you know there are apps that encourage them to go out and do stuff and you can always get them if you need that kind of bridge to get them to do stuff that's fine I think the most important thing is that parents always have to lead by example so they can't see you sitting at your computer or on your phone 20 hours a day and not going out and you know doing exercise or playing stuff outside and then you have to tell them well no you should be outside you have to lead by example so but look in the mirror first and then figure out what you need to change and help them change or set those rules thank you I think that that the book is a really great place to go outside and do the activities right so it's a starting point if we like you said earlier that we don't have an idea you can go to the book and it'll break it down right by steps in terms of what's ease what you might have at home how expensive it might be that's said yeah all of the projects in the books have have this sort of almost like a restaurant guide to what it's going to take what you need to to buy what you might have lying around at home how hard it's going to be what the what the key you know takeaways are things like that and at least half the projects involved just get outside and fly a kite with lights on it or something like that yeah they're just like height even though the guy you built a kite did someone else have a question oh great come on over and what's your name Emily Adkins hi Emily I was wondering how the girls fit their show making into their school schedule that's a good question we mostly do it during the summer we do some of the candy reviews these are on the weekends or after school hours what do you like better making videos or making that candy the movies or the candy reviews well the candy reviews they're a lot easier they're not scripted very much right that's great you got to be yourself a little bit more well thank you those were those are some really great questions media can be a rewarding way to connect with your child whether it's vlogging about science experiments or creating videos our online world left kids and parents share their experiences and creativity with others in such a positive way so even if you don't feel like you're ready to make videos that get millions and millions of hits you could make videos just with your family or read another parents blog or watch a youtube video with your child to inspire some really great ideas we give you permission to geek out with your kids and our partners at Common Sense Media also have great suggestions on books about dads favorite TV dads and best dad daughter movies visit Common Sense Media org to check it out and we'll be featuring more parent tips and great resources on our Facebook Twitter and Pinterest pages follow us at WQED edu and at hashtag IQ smart parent if you have a video of your I dad projects you want to share send it to us and our conversation will continue online so hear more from my guests and tonight's audience at WQED org slash smart parent be sure to share your thoughts and advice there too and thank you so much for joining us good night you you

23 Comments

  1. Noah Weber said:

    Your on the news πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ wooooooo

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  2. Nayo Aguilera said:

    i love babyteeth4

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  3. Colton Strawn said:

    I hate baby teeth4

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  4. fail army fail army said:

    i love you baby teeth 4

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  5. Winter Creek said:

    πŸ”πŸ£πŸ“ 🌌🌌🌌🌌

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  6. Ike Chong said:

    πŸ˜€πŸ˜Šβ˜Ί

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  7. colebolebole said:

    BABYTEETH 4

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  8. Emma Barrett said:

    I love you baby teeth 4

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  9. Emma Barrett said:

    I love you baby teeth 4

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  10. Brooklyn Norwine said:

    sva nh

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  11. Brooklyn Norwine said:

    Brooklyn

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  12. Jasmine Rose said:

    Lol

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  13. pink player said:

    im a big fan of babyteeth4! !!!!!!!!!!

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  14. Money Squad said:

    I love you babyteeth4 from my sister

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  15. Latoya Strong said:

    it's true

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  16. Whitney 458 Altizer said:

    I love love love baby teeth 4 πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’œ

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  17. Luane Terra said:

    Ooooo Good

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  18. tarin C said:

    My dad ran away from me my mom and my brother when I was 3

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  19. Joyce Clarke said:

    I love addei ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  20. 97yoAce said:

    Watfnu aaffwsmqbaI
    Google yg
    Ghrx gvdgfefvddwwuzb yes

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  21. TheSpd9548 said:

    Oh man I going to bugerbell.

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  22. Brinquedos e Games said:

    babyteeth4!?

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  23. Ryan H said:

    Wow

    June 28, 2019
    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *