• Life

    Fan Pages For Their Kids

    by I’m noticing a weird trend on Facebook lately. At least, I think it’s weird. Maybe it’s just because my kids are older. It’s hard to be sure. But more and more over the last year or so, I’m seeing parents make fan pages for their kids. Weird, right? In 2020, maybe because of COVID, this seems to have taken off. If a kid has a favourite sport or hobby, something they spend a lot of time doing, then apparently there needs to be a fan page. This is done, clearly, because we all want to follow the primary hobby of every kid of every adult we know. Or maybe…

  • Life,  Parenting,  Philosophy

    Life Lessons From 2014

    by We should always be learning. I’ve learned lots this year as well as others. But some lessons stand out and sometimes because they were hard to learn or relearn. I have four picks for this year, each learned or relearned or reinforced in a different way. If someone is wrong on the Internet, it’s not that important. Rather than telling someone they’re wrong on FB (or Twitter, or wherever), it’s often just as satisfying to comment out loud to yourself without posting. Humans being humans, most people are just going to resent the correction anyway. Make an exception when they’re posing a danger to themselves or others. If you…

  • Life,  Parenting

    Understanding My Kids’ Relationship With YouTube

    by   So lately I’ve been trying to watch some of the YouTube video channels that my oldest daughter is into. I watch them with her, because none of them are things I’d likely go to on my own, trying to understand what she sees in them. This is a bonding experience, I suppose, because from my perspective, the attraction to most of these is like a train wreck: you just can’t look away. Let’s be clear: not all of them. There are actually a small handful I enjoy, although I wouldn’t sit down and watch a whole bunch in a row.   Fun Stuff on YouTube Movie Sins is…

  • Gaming,  Parenting

    Video Game Companies Need to Get Smarter If They Want My Money

    by Backing that up a bit, I appear to be raising several gamer kids, although of distinctly different types. At some point, we’ve all been Halo fans, and fans of first person shooters in general. Those days are mostly over, I think. We’ve decided we’re not going to bother with the XBox One at this point for a variety of reasons, but the 360 still has a solid place in our entertainment unit. So does the PS3. The Wii (although that’s mostly for Gamecube games, and the Gamecube itself has migrated to my son’s room with an older 360). And the recently acquired Nintendo 64. There are a variety of…

  • Days of Geek,  Podcast

    DoG Ep 04: Gaming With Your Kids

    by Note that the contact info given in the episode itself is no longer any good. If you want to find me, try Facebook, @writingdad on Twitter, or email: lance@lanceschonberg.com. 00:00 Episode ID Days of Geek, Episode 4: Gaming with your kids.   00:05 Music “Split In Synapse”, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.   00:13 Intro I quote something I saw posted on Facebook. “How do you bond with your 9yo daughter?” and answer it by saying to play a game with her.   00:42 Main I talk very briefly about games in our house, mention Will Wheaton (see Episode 1 at daysofgeek.com/1) and Table Top again, but expand…

  • Life,  Parenting

    The Sadness of September

    by Posting this, it’s Sunday night before the second week of the school year, and it’s still a bit of a melancholy time for me. I don’t really like the whole BTS thing. Yes, kids need an education, but in a time when fewer and fewer of us have so called “standard” work hours, summer is better for seeing your kids. I’m not talking about taking vacations, but all the time. During July and August, if I have the day off, so do they. If I’m working nights, they’re probably around when I get up. I get a lot more time with them, even the teenager. When they go back…