“Star Wars,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead” all have things to tell us about parenting

geek parentingWhat can Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader teach us? Well, authors Stephen H. Segal and Valya Dudycz Lupescu of “Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family,” ($15.95, Quirk Books), will tell you that the “Star Wars” father-son duo is a lesson in not trying to force your kids to follow in your footsteps. E.T. and his humans give us the lesson: make sure they know to phone home and make sure you’re listening when they call.

The book is full of advice from fictional science fiction characters and how it relates to modern parenting.

Some of our favorites:

Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”: “We should savor life’s sweetness with or without a golden ticket.”

Michonne and Carl Grimes from “The Walking Dead”: “Don’t Wait to become the Walking Dead — be the Walking Alive. Starting today.”

Lord Eddard Stark and the Stark children from “Game of Thrones” give us this lesson in the importance of pets: “A direwolf is a Stark’s best friend.”

The kids from “The Chronicles of Narnia” teach us about imagination in this gem: “Boredom can open magic doors to adventure.”

Doctor Evil and Scott Evil from “Austin Powers” give us this important lesson: “At least frickin’ listen to them, okay?”

So much wisdom within these pages.

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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