I don’t care if she’s a girl. I’m teaching my daughter how to make stink bombs and potato cannons. And about Star Wars.
The day Olivia was born I blasted the above statement on Facebook. My wife and I decided not to find out the gender, but other people around us believed Olivia was going to be a boy. So much so, the idea of a boy got into both our heads. And for me, like all fathers, I got into my head all the things I wanted to share with him. But the moment she was born her gender didn’t matter to me; I wanted to share everything I loved with her. Just think about it, a whole new person who never seen Star Wars!
But what really stuck with me was what a Facebook friend commented afterwards. She said:
If more nerdy dads shared there interests with their daughters, then maybe we would have more female engineers.
A little explanation of the photos. The very top photos are some of the characters from Star Wars. I made these myself. I plan on using them when reading a novelization of Star Wars to Olivia. The second photo are what I call Baby Operating Systems. I also made these myself. They are the logos of the Operating Systems I’ve worked with. They are smaller, about the size of my hand. I’ve been thinking about using them as a mobile over the crib.
And Moms don’t worry about Dad making your kids too jock, too nerdy, too whatever. The time Dads spend with their kids, especially the girls, can’t be bought from the store.