Lil’ G-Man Is Now A Published Blogger!

As most of you know, aside from writing for Geeky Daddy, I’m also a contributing author for Detroit City Mom’s Blog.

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This month, I decided to let Lil’ G-Man take my spot and write about what he wants to accomplish in 2018!

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While some of his goals are realistic, such as seeing what lies beyond the baby gate (he was inspired by Aragorn’s speech at Helms Deep).

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Others may be a little to lofty, such as strapping a saddle on the kitty and riding him into battle.

Please take a moment and read through what Lower Case G has planned for the year!



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Geeky Daddy’s Top 5 Tips For Winter Water Safety

Most of what we do here at Geeky Daddy is “Geeky” oriented and looked at from a humorous point of view. At least what counts as humor to us.

But we take the “Daddy” part seriously as well, especially in regard to children’s safety.

With the recent blast of Hoth planet-like weather we have been seeing in Michigan lately, we thought we should take a moment and go over some Winter Water Safety tips to make sure all our younglings outside are playing safely. So we talked to our friends at Goldfish Swim School and they gave us some recommendations.

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Here are Geeky Daddy’s Top 5 Winter Water Safety Tips Courtesy of Goldfish Swim School:

1. Stay Off Unfamiliar Ice

This sounds like an obvious one, but when temperatures reach this low, children often just assume that the pond or lake is frozen enough for a pick-up game of hockey.

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Unless a lake or pond has been designated for skating and is certified for thickness and safety, stay off of the ice. Never walk on rivers or retention ponds, and remember that ice thickness can change on different parts of the water, and can be affected by conditions over night.

2. Have An Emergency Plan

Plan and practice what to do if someone falls through ice. Teach children not to panic if they fall through the ice; slow, calm movement helps retain body heat, which is critical as the body loses heat more than 30 times faster in cold water than cold air. Call paramedics right away even if the child appears OK, don’t take chances. Learn infant and child CPR. Keep rescue equipment, a phone and emergency numbers nearby.

3. Ensure Adult Supervision is Present

Children shouldn’t play outside alone, especially in cold climates. A drowning child usually cannot cry or shout for help, so never turn your back on your child around water, including ice.

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Assign a designated watcher so there are never questions about which adult is responsible for watching the child. Also, establish a buddy system with one or more friends and have them look out for one another.

4. Make Swim Lessons a Priority

As young as four months old (or when they establish head and neck control), enroll children in swim lessons. Teach children water acclimation and aquatic survival skills designed to help them survive should they reach the water alone.

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We have had Lil’ G-Man enrolled at Goldfish Swim since he was 6-months-old and he loves it. He won’t be challenging Michael Phelps to a race any time soon, but he is already very comfortable in the water.

5. Have Conversations with Caretakers and Kids

If your child goes to a friend’s house to play, ask the adult what kinds of activities they will engage in, and specifically, if they will be around water/ice, and make sure the children are supervised. When traveling to relatives’ and friends’ homes, they may not understand the importance of keeping gates closed, doors locked, etc. This can be especially true when being left in the care of older relatives.

Start a conversation with your kids about water safety and share tips with them about what to do if they fall into water.

This article was written in exchange for the experience of swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School.

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Tips For Daddy To Survive Mommy’s First Business Trip Away

Although at times, the content of Geeky Daddy can make it hard to tell, I do take my main occupation as “Daddy” very seriously.

Because of this, I am also a contributing writer for Detroit Mom’s Blog, which is where I also publish much of my parent oriented content.

Check out my latest post Helpful Hints For Daddy & Baby To Survive Mommy’s 1st Business Trip.

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There will always be Geeky Parenting content on my site, such as Daddy Hacks and How To Plan A Star Wars Birthday Party, as well as plenty of just Geeky content, such as movie reviews of John Wick Chapter II and Taco Bell Testing Kit Kat Quesadillas!

Please check back often for new content and feel free to click an Amazon, ThinkGeek, Hasbro or other advertiser 😉

Lil’ G-Man’s Aces His 1st Report Card!

Grayson is barely over a year old and has already aced a report card! Sounds like he is taking after his mother and not me. Thank God for that! I am over forty and I haven’t aced a report card yet..

The ability to swim is obviously a very important life skill to have, especially in Michigan where there seems to be more lakes than there are potholes on Telegraph Rd.

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I grew up in Iowa where coming across a body of water is about as common as coming across a Detroit Lions playoff victory.  Therefore I never spent much time in that water as a kid. Partially because of this, I am still not very comfortable in the water to this day. Fortunately, thanks to my love of pizza and cheeseburgers, I have plenty of buoyancy to rely on should I fall in the water.

Seriously though, we knew we didn’t want Grayson to be in the same boat I am in (get what I did there with the water reference there?) and wanted to get him comfortable in the water at as early an age as possible.

Enter Goldfish Swim School Farmington Hills and swim instructor Arman Ahrabian! Grayson has been attending regular Mini Swim Lessons with Arman since he was around 6 months old and loves splashing away in the 90 degree pool!

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Having the consistency of the same instructor for all that time has been great for trust building and comfort in the water.

Goldfish Swim provides regular progress report cards, filled out by your child’s instructor, to help you measure your child’s improvement. It helps to see how far his or her skills have come, as well as what he or she needs to work on.

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Arman helping Grayson work on his kicks

In the age group Grayson is in for example, Mini 2 (16-35 months old), the wide range of skills the children are graded on include basic skills such as “comfort in water and class setting”, “tolerates kicking” and “successfully conditioned w/ water on face” to more complex combinations such as “underwater dip & rollover” and “climb out ‘fin, fin, belly flipper.”

For Grayson’s progress report, not that I am bragging or anything, straight A’s across the board with the exception of “Superman Glide.” But that is alright, we are more of a Batman household anyway. Just don’t tell my mother-in-law that, as far as she knows we drew the name ‘Grayson’ from “Literature.”

This article was written in exchange for the experience of swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School.

Whiteboard Wednesday: Was Ming The Merciless Really A Sith Lord?

In our last edition of Whiteboard Wednesday we explored the hypothetical ‘What If’ scenario of if a firing squad of stormtroopers tried to kill Sean Bean.

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We came to the conclusion that the stormtroopers would still miss but Sean Bean with ever blaster bolt fired but he would still die horribly anyway.

In this week’s Whiteboard Wednesday, we are stepping away from Star Wars and into a movie that was green lit solely because of the financial success of Star Wars: Flash Gordon!

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Yes, we all know that Flash Gordon was actually around decades before Star Wars and the original Flash Gordon serials from 1936 were a huge influence for the George Lucas creation, but for this article, lets stick to the 1980 Flash Gordon feature film (with the incredible Queen soundtrack).

In the story, a New York Jet’s quarterback named Flash (which is actually plausible in today’s NFL) is whisked away to another galaxy ruled by an incredibly powerful evil emperor named Ming who is merciless. Flash, together with a few friends, some hawkmen and a future James Bond, must must battle Ming for the fate of the galaxy.

Side note: If you had to choose an NFL quarterback to save the Earth, I don’t think I’d be looking at the New York Jet’s roster. Just sayin’.

Looking at Ming and his evil abilities got us wondering though: Was Ming The Merciless Really A Sith Lord?

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Lets look deeper into this mystery by considering the parallels between the evil Emperor Ming and the evil Sith lord Emperor Palpatine!

Both ruler’s had control over mystic super natural powers, that included telepathy among other abilities, but the similarities don’t end there…

Both Emperors had a fondness for red outfits:

Both were threatened by blond dudes with swords and questionable acting abilities:

Both had loyal disciples clad head-to-toe in black that enjoyed torturing the female leads and visiting scenic cloud cities:

So is Ming The Merciless Really A Lord of the Sith?

The Answer: No…but sort of.

Ming’s magical abilities were sourced through a mystic ring that he later turned on himself in homage to Obi Wan Kenobi’s quasi passing. However Palpatine’s abilities were NOT sourced through a ring but rather the Force, which surrounds and combines all living things. This leads us to only one logical conclusion:

Ming The Merciless Is Actually A Dark Lord Of The Schwartz!

Although it was later revealed in Spaceballs that “the ring was bupkis”, Ming may never have gotten that memo. Or did he. Remember the end of Flash Gordon…

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Side note: We mentioned the NFL’s roster of unique names earlier. The NFL actually has a player named “Mercilus” on the Houston Texans, but to my knowledge he has never tried to destroy the Earth.

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Whiteboard Wednesday: What If Sean Bean faced a firing squad of stormtroopers?

Happy Hump Day World!

This is the inaugural post of a new feature the Geeky Daddy team is putting together called Whiteboard Wednesday!

With each Whiteboard Wednesday post, Lil’ G-Man and I will attempt to deep dive into Geeky related hypothetical questions that make us go “hmmm…”.

This week we are looking into the curious “What if..” scenario of:

What if Sean Bean faced a firing squad of Imperial storm troopers?”

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Star Wars stormtroopers are known throughout the galaxy as the foot soldiers of the evil galactic empire and the Sith lords Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. They are also more famously known for their comically horrible aim and inability to hit the broadside of Star Destroyer from close range.

Sean Bean is a very accomplished British actor known throughout geek-dom for his memorable roles as Boromir in Lord of the Rings movies and Eddard Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones series, as well as appearing in movies such as GoldenEye, Troy, Equilibrium, Ronin and tons of voice-over work for television and video games.

Bean is also more famously known over the past 3 decades for dying in nearly all of his roles on screen in every conceivable way possible!

So this begs the question:

What if Sean Bean faced a firing squad composed solely of Imperial storm troopers?

Would the storm troopers miss the target so poorly that the firing squad eventually all hit themselves with “friendly fire”?

Would they simply continue firing and missing non-stop until Sean Bean died of old age?

Geeky Daddy’s theory:

The (attempted) execution would have taken place aboard the first Death Star. The storm troopers’first half dozen volleys or so would all comically miss Sean Bean, perforating the wall behind him. The right side of Sean’s mouth curls up into a lop-sided grin as he begins to think that he may escape alive.

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Unfortunately for him however, he is still Sean Bean. The execution is taking place mere moments before the proton torpedoes from Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing reached the 2 meter wide exhaust port igniting the chain reaction that destroyed the Death Star, killing all aboard. Including Sean Bean.

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Goldfish Swim: Boldly Going Where No Swim Lessons Have Gone Before…

I’ve always enjoyed being in the water (a stark contrast from Geeky Daddy, who in fairness was born in Iowa and you can’t exactly swim in a corn field). I started swimming lessons at 6 months old, was on the high school swim team and taught swim lessons as my after-school and summer job. Needless to say, when we had a baby, I was pretty excited about the idea of taking him for swim lessons.

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But wow, swim lessons have changed from when I taught them (let’s not try to count how long ago high school was please)! One of the main reasons is because of  Jenny and Chris McCuiston, founders of Goldfish Swim Schools. I knew Jenny in high school as the fastest swimmer I’d ever seen (darn, just revealed how long ago high school was). She literally left a wake behind her. I’m pretty sure at one point she went to the Olympic trials. We raced one time – the 100yd backstroke. I’m pretty sure that she finished the race before I got off the block.

But as a swimmer who also taught swim lessons as her side gig, she realized that there was room for innovation in the industry, and out came Goldfish Swim School. Here’s where it differs from the good old days.

No More Shivers

When I used to teach lessons, I needed to wear a wet suit because I would freeze teaching for several hours in the water. And if I was freezing, it meant that the kids were shivering away most of class. Kiddie pools barely existed and even if they did, they were maybe heated to 83 or 84 degrees. The bigger kids had to go in the big pool which was made for lap swimmers and maybe lingered around 80 to 81 degrees.

I remember when I took lessons as a kid that I always wanted the instructor to be in the water with me during class. I swore to my 8-year-old self that when I taught lessons I’d always go in the water. Fast forward to high school and college and nope – it was just too cold. When teaching older kids there are certainly advantages to teaching from the pool deck to better see their technique, but it’s possible that we would have been more involved/interactive if we were in the water.

Since Goldfish heats the pools to 90 degrees there are no issues for teachers or students. All instructors wear easy-to-see orange rash guards that can give an extra layer of warmth since they’re in the water for hours, but the temperature doesn’t seem to be a problem for the tiniest babies or the largest instructors (did we mention Grayson’s instructor Mr. Armand is pretty much a non-green, non-angry Hulk?)

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Read our interview with Arman Ahrabian here.

Kiddie Pools

Not only is the temperature useful, the pools made specifically for children have additional features that weren’t available to us a few years ago (ok, so like 15, ok, maybe closer to 20). The pools have benches arounds the sides for kids to stand or sit on while waiting to swim in the deeper water. We used to have to use water step aerobics blocks in the pool so that the kid could keep their head above water, or put the kids on the edge of the pool outside the water where they’d freeze. It was hard for them to grasp onto the edge of the pool for the whole lesson and nearly impossible for the under 5 age group.

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The other advantage of having kiddie pools dedicated to lessons are that the you don’t have to share the pool with lap swimmers or people there for open swim. It’s hard to play fun games when cranky lap swimmers were upset if you accidentally went into their lane or threw a ball over by mistake.

Parental Involvement

Parents have always been involved in infant/toddler classes but tend to fade out of the picture at 2.5 or 3 years old. Most parents would either come onto the pool deck or watch through a tiny little window into the pool area. At one of the community centers there was a row of chairs on one side of the pool deck so they could watch lessons.

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The main issue here was that if a parent is on the pool deck it’s distracting to the kid. It’s especially bad if the child is a little scared of the water and act up because they see their parent. I’m not teaching swim lessons to Lil’ G because it’s hard to take instruction from mom and dad sometimes. The kids that progressed the least were the ones where the parents wouldn’t let their child flourish on their own.

At Goldfish, the parents sit behind a large fish bowl glass enclosure where they can easily watch their kids. It’s also ideal since they don’t sweat to death inside the humid pool area. They’re called to the pool deck a few minutes before the end of class to talk to the instructor or watch a skill their child learned. They can then give their child a towel and shuffle them out to the…

Locker Rooms (or lack there of)

Gone are the days of having a traditional locker room and trying to wait for a family locker room or debating the cut-off age for having a child of the opposite sex in your locker room. Instead there are co-ed, community showers at the back of the pool deck for a quick shower with your swim suit on (baby shampoo and other products provided!) and then little cabanas for changing. Each small room has a bench and some hooks for quick changing. While Lil’ G is small enough to go into either locker room at a traditional place, it’s way easier having two of us to dry off and dress a wiggly baby.

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Year-round Lessons

Swim lessons of days past used to have set sessions that lasted for 8 weeks or so. You’d have to sign up each session (and sometimes not get in if it filled up too quickly) and have a new class and new instructor each time. Each session would also typically repeat the skills from the prior session as opposed to progressing with the kids in the class. Now swim lessons are year-round. Instead of enrolling in a session, you pay a monthly fee, much like you would with a gym membership. By having year-round swim lessons, kids don’t forget the skills that they learned and tend to progress faster than kids who take lessons more haphazardly.

Where Did They Get Those Wonderful Toys?

I don’t recall having very many toys when I taught swim lessons. We didn’t have an amazing kiddie slide, an adorable canoe or cars that can be powered by kicking. We didn’t have Elmo puppets, enough goldfish rubber duckies to fill a bathtub or floating activity mats. We had maybe a ball from time to time and sometimes some rings to dive for at the bottom of the pool. Oh, and a rusty diving block or two, which to be fair was a lot of fun to jump off. But it’s not a slide. Nothing beats the slide (except maybe 90 degree water).

Have you noticed changes in swim lessons over time? Let me know if I missed anything and check out Goldfish Swim School for kids 4 months to 12 years.

This article was written in exchange for the experience of swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School.

Monday Morning Meme Me With Grayson For October 23rd

Merry Monday everyone!

After taking a week off, we are back with a new Monday Morning Meme Me With Grayson.

We found a cute little bomber jacket on sale for G this winter, little did we know that the weather would refuse to drop below 70 degrees after we made the purchase. Oh well, I’m sure it will cool off  soon.

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Monday Morning Meme Me With Grayson For October 9th

Merry Monday everyone and welcome to another week!

This past week, Lil’ G-Man celebrated his 1st Birthday (like 3 times) and was bombarded with an onslaught of gifts from friends and family.

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Many of his favorite gifts (and by “his favorite” I of course mean “my favorite”) revolved around cars or trucks, which I am starting to think is just natural for little boy.

One of those gifts is the inspiration for this week’s Monday Morning Meme Me With Grayson.

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Monday Morning Meme Me With Grayson Oct 2nd

Good Monday everyone.

Our thoughts are with those affected by the events in Las Vegas. Sometimes our world is hard to understand.

But hopefully we can add a little humor into people’s social media feeds today.

This past weekend, the Geeky Family stopped by Fantasticon at the Birch Run Expo Center and met up with our friends from Ghost Busters Detroit.

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Hence, this Week’s Monday Morning Meme Me With Grayson!

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