I'm a proud father of two: a girl and boy. I'm also a science fiction fan. One thing I've noticed is that there isn't a ton of entertaining and relatable information on raising children for us sci-fi geek dads and dads-to-be. What's a guy to do?
A Sci-fi Geek's Guide to Raising Children is my attempt at addressing that (black) hole. It's a series with personal advice on being a father but in science fiction terms. So to honor the closing of one of the greatest TV science fiction series of all time--here's Part Three: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Edition (you can also readPart One or Part Two).
This has happened before. And it will happen again. You'll find that you'll be using the same bad jokes your parents used to tell and the same logic in the same arguments you had with them. The important thing to question in these moments is the same thing Lee Adama asked -- is this our chance to break the cycle? That's for you to answer.
And they have a plan. From a very young age, they develop ambitions albeit on a small scale. But it's always important to be cognizant of their ambitions. You'll be able to quickly evaluate when they need your help. Or if you should duck for cover.
Like each Cylon hybrid model, each child has their own unique personality. It's amazing how similar but different kids can be. Some of them love thrills. Others seek attention. But in the end you need to celebrate their differences. Their ability to have their individuality shine above the average metal-head cylon.
Sometimes they have imaginary friends that influence their decisions. It's not usually the manipulative Head Six or Head Baltar that's pushing them. Really, it's a manifestation of what they're really feeling in that moment. An imaginary friend can sometimes be the most useful thing sometimes. It allows a child to verbalize abstract thoughts and emotions they normally can't from a first-person point of view.
One day they'll have to scuttle their connection place they've called home. No, you won't get sucked into a singularity the day they move out. But that day will come and no amount of changes to the house (whether goop in the walls or photos in the hallways) will keep the home together the way it was when they were little children. They'll grow up and change and we'll have to deal with the decision to scuttle this home in favor for another one ourselves.